Elections Alberta releases unofficial results

By Taylor Chartrand with files from Elections Alberta
April 20, 2019 - 9:31am

EDMONTON, AB - Unofficial results of the 2019 Alberta provincial election were released Friday evening.

The results concluded that the United Conservative Party ended with 63 seats, while Alberta's NDP finished with 24 seats.

Although a lot of Alberta's 87 riding's were declared on Tuesday night, some remained too close to call until the vote-anywhere results were reported.

This was the first time the province used a vote-anywhere system during the advanced polls. 

Of the record-breaking 696,000 advance ballots cast, Elections Alberta said more than 223,000 were cast at a polling station outside of the voter's riding.

Officials did not start counting those ballots until Wednesday afternoon.

This year's unofficial turnout is 71.1%, which had 1,880,508 votes cast of the 2,643,453 registered voters. 

In total, 1,030,560 people voted for the UCP (54.8%), whereas 615,428 residents voted for the NDP (32.7%).

The Alberta Party garnered 170,872 votes (9.1%), while the Liberal Party secured 18,457 votes (1.0%). Neither Party won a seat in the Legislature.

Locally, Drew Barnes (UCP) won his third-term as MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat and Michaela Glasgo (UCP) received overwhelming support to become the first MLA in Brooks-Medicine Hat.

In the 2015 election, voter turnout was 57%.

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