September 3, 2015 8:43 am
Updated: September 3, 2015 8:37 pm

Voters head to the polls in Calgary-Foothills byelection

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WATCH ABOVE: Voters in the riding where former Premier Jim Prentice stepped down from are casting their ballots for his replacement. Global’s Mia Sosiak reports.

CALGARY – Voters in the riding of Calgary-Foothills are heading to the polls for the third time in less than a year.

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The northwest riding was left without an MLA after former premier Jim Prentice abruptly resigned the seat he had just won in the May 5 provincial election.

Polls for the Calgary-Foothills byelection opened at 9 a.m.

Alberta’s Chief Electoral Officer says there has already been “strong voter turnout” at advance polls, which were open for four days starting August 26.

A total of 4,146 eligible voters cast a ballot, which is about 12 per cent of the total electorate.

In comparison, only 4,062 ballots were cast during the 2015 Provincial General Election.

Polls close at 8 p.m., at which point unofficial results will be available on the Elections Alberta website.

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