Advanced voting proves popular choice

While the federal election may not have happened until Monday, thousands of people across the region cast their ballots early.

While the federal election may not have happened until Monday, thousands of people across the region took the opportunity to cast their ballots early.

According to numbers released by Elections Canada, 8,322 voters in the Skeena — Bulkley Valley riding took advantage of the early voting option between Oct. 9 and Oct 12, including NDP candidate Nathan Cullen.

Provincially, Elections Canada reports 507,920 people voted in B.C. polling stations, up from 259,278 in the 2011 vote, while nationally the number of electors casting early ballots rose 71 per cent compared to 2011 figures.

Look for full coverage of the 2015 federal election online at thenorthernview.com or in Friday’s issue of the Northern Connector.