Advance polls draw a good crowd Nov. 9

The number of voters streaming into voting booths to make their mark at the first of two advance polls in Oceanside was up sharply in Qualicum Beach, but virtually flat in Parksville.

The advance poll, held Wednesday, saw a total of 231 voters cast ballots at the Parksville advance poll, said chief election officer Lynn Kitchen. That was up from the 2008 total, but only by one vote.

“We saw spurts of people coming in and then it would slow down for maybe an hour, and then we would get another flow of people through,” Kitchen said. “We hope it will bring out more people on the 16th, which it did last time. It doubled at the second advance poll to 466.”

In Qualicum Beach however, the numbers much higher.

“We had 690,” said deputy election officer Heather Svensen.

Activity at the polling place in the Civic Centre was steady all day, at least during daylight hours, she said.

“We had a lull from about 6:30 to 8 p.m. when it was quite slow, but other than that, it was very steady,” Svensen said. “We had people lined up at ten to eight.”

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