Comox advance voting more than double 2008 number

Advance polls indicate a greater number of people are taking an interest in this year's municipal elections.

Advance polls indicate a greater number of people are taking an interest in this year’s municipal elections.

In Comox, a total of 1,652 people cast ballots at advance polls Nov. 9 and 16, says chief election officer Shelly Russwurm.

Just 778 Comox voters exercised their right before the 2008 election.

The two Courtenay advance polls attracted 1,087 voters, a greater number of whom turned out Wednesday at City Hall, deputy CEO Susie Karvalics said.

A total of 915 Courtenay voters showed up at the 2008 advance polls.

In Cumberland, 76 voters showed up Nov. 9 while 112 people cast ballots Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Village office.

There was also a special voting opportunity Wednesday for residents and patients at Cumberland Lodge that drew 18 voters.

These numbers are higher than 2008 when the Village offered just one advance voting opportunity, says CEO Joanne Rees.

Voting is open to qualified electors from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Comox Recreation Centre, the Filberg Centre and Mark Isfeld Secondary in Courtenay, and at the Cumberland Cultural Centre.