Estimated 696,000 ballots cast during advance polls

By Charles Lefebvre
April 15, 2019 - 11:54am Updated: April 15, 2019 - 3:43pm

EDMONTON, AB — The province has released unofficial advance poll totals for the 2019 provincial election.

According to Elections Alberta, an estimated 696,000 advance ballots were cast over five days of the advance polls, up from 235,000 in the 2015 election.

Of those ballots, approximately 223,000 were cast by voters outside of their electoral divisions.

The 2019 election was the first election where voters could vote at any advance poll location across the province.

The vote anywhere ballots will not be counted until Wednesday, meaning some ridings may not know their winner on election night on Tuesday.

According to information released by Elections Alberta, the riding with the most Vote Anywhere ballots cast was Calgary-Foothills, the riding once held by former Premier Jim Prentice.

Calgary-Bow, the riding of NDP MLA Deborah Drever, and Calgary-Buffalo, where Finance Minister Joe Ceci is running, also had high Vote Anywhere ballot totals, at 6,363 and 6,298, respectively.

For the local ridings, Brooks-Medicine Hat had 1,221 Vote Anywhere ballots cast during the advance polls, while Cypress-Medicine Hat had 926.

Polls on election day run from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., and voters must vote at the polling station listed on their Where-to-Vote cards. Voters can find the location of their polling station here. 


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