Voter turnout in the Parksville-Qualicum riding was about 10 per cent higher than the province overall. — Black Press file photo

Voter turnout up in Parksville-Qualicum

More than 70 per cent of the riding’s registered voters turned out

A preliminary voter turnout estimate shows the Parksville-Qualicum riding had about a 10 per cent higher voter turnout than the province overall.

Elections B.C. updated its estimate for voter turnout from the recent election to 61.5 per cent Thursday (June 1). The latest results are based on the estimated number of registered voters from the May 9 election and the number of valid votes and rejected ballots cast. Voter turnout was previously estimated at about 60 per cent.

While the results aren’t final, Elections B.C. does have preliminary numbers for registered voters and final voting results in each of the electoral districts.

As of April 11, the Parksville-Qualicum riding had 44,743 registered voters. Of those registered voters, 71.7 per cent (32,059 people) ended up voting during the election period.

Voter turnout was up this election in the Parksville-Qualicum riding from the 2013 election, which saw 67.9 per cent of registered voters turn out to vote in that election. In 2013, 42,898 people registered to vote in Parksville-Qualicum.

In the Mid Island-Pacific Rim electoral district, 39,341 people registered to vote as of April 11. Of those registered voters, 65.1 per cent of voters (25,602 people) voted in the May 9 election.

The Mid Island-Pacific Rim electoral district — which includes Coombs, Errington and the area ranging from north Qualicum Beach to Deep Bay, was a new riding created following the last provincial election.

Voter turnout from the May 9 election was up from the 2013 election, which saw 57.1 per cent of registered voters.

With the final vote count completed, Elections B.C. is reporting that 1,985,523 British Columbians voted in the election, an increase of 171,611 over 2013.

Elections B.C. must still process all voter registration transactions from the election period. The final numbers are expected to be released in late August.