Fewer than half of B.C. voters went to polls

Tuesday’s provincial election marked the lowest voter turnout of thedecade, despite efforts from all parties encouraging people to vote.

Tuesday’s provincial election marked the lowest voter turnout of the decade, despite efforts from all parties encouraging people to vote.

According to preliminary results, 3.2 million people were registered but only 1.5 million voted — fewer than 50 per cent.

Approximately 220,000 fewer votes were counted than in the 2005 election, which at the time was considered a low point with voter turnout at 55 per cent.

Re-elected B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell said yesterday he would have preferred to see more people going to the ballot boxes.

“Nobody benefits when British Columbians decide not to go to the polls,” Campbell said.

 
 
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