Friday, April 24, 2009

BC - Voter turnout to be high, electoral officer predicts Voter turnout to be high, electoral officer predicts:

VICTORIA -- B.C.'s chief electoral officer is predicting a record turnout in the May 12 election, saying the long downward trend in voter participation is over.

Voter registration closed at midnight on Wednesday and he expects to have close to three million people on the list, out of an estimated 3.2 million eligible voters.

Mr. Neufeld said a heavy push on enumeration and new co-operation with Elections Canada has helped boost the list this time. And that will likely translate into a boost in turnout at the polls: "There is a truism in electoral administration that registered voters are more likely to vote than non-registered voters."

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