Nearly 3,000 Richmond voters cast their ballots on the first day of advance voting

Nearly 3,000 people across Richmond’s four ridings turned out to vote on the first day of advance voting, according to Elections BC.

The electoral body released the preliminary turnout figures Friday, and will update the numbers after each day of advance voting.

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Advance polls opened Thursday (Oct. 15), and will remain open until 8 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 21. The provincial election takes place Oct. 24.

Among Richmond’s four electoral districts, Richmond-Queensborough saw the largest turnout on the first day of advance polls, with 1,087 of the total 39,788 registered voters casting their ballot.

In Richmond North Centre, 494 voters voted Thursday (Oct. 15), out of the total 37,190 people registered to vote.

Richmond South Centre and Richmond-Steveston saw 530 and 880 voters, respectively, turn out at the polls Thursday.

In Richmond South Centre, there are 33,522 registered voters, while in Richmond-Steveston, there are 36,844.

In total, 2,991 Richmond voters voted Thursday. Across the province, 104,937 people voted on the first day of the advance voting period, compared to the 122,465 people who voted on the first day of the advance polls in 2017.

Meanwhile, thousands of Richmond voters have requested vote-by-mail packages, according to Elections BC data.

In Richmond North Centre, 6,439 have opted to vote by mail, and in Richmond-Queensborough, 6,535 have chosen that option.

In Richmond South Centre and Richmond-Steveston, 5,742 and 8,505 voters, respectively, have requested mail ballots.

Elections BC said it has received about 717,000 requests for vote-by-mail packages across the province as of Friday morning.

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