Advertisement

Saskatchewan sees record turnout during advance polls

Click to play video 'Saskatchewan smashes advanced voting records, candidates push Get Out The Vote campaign' Saskatchewan smashes advanced voting records, candidates push Get Out The Vote campaign
Support is great, but without voters actually getting to the polls, it can be tough to win. Get out the vote campaigns are always important, more so when safety is top of mind during the COVID-19 pandemic – Oct 23, 2020

More than 185,000 Saskatchewan residents have voted in advance polls, breaking all previous records, according to data from Elections Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan’s 29th general election is on Monday, but voters had between Oct. 20 to Oct. 24 to vote in advance polls.

Read more: Saskatchewan chief electoral officer says results could be delayed on election night

With 817,014 eligible voters in Saskatchewan, 22.6 per cent voted at advance polls.

Elections Saskatchewan data shows this is a 67 per cent increase from 2016, when 110,716 hit the early polls.

In 2011, just 66,392 people participated in advance voting.

Click to play video 'Students learn provincial politics in mock vote at Saskatchewan schools' Students learn provincial politics in mock vote at Saskatchewan schools
Students learn provincial politics in mock vote at Saskatchewan schools – Oct 25, 2020

The province also set a record for how many people received an application to vote by mail.

Story continues below advertisement

During the coronavirus pandemic, 61,255 applications were sent to voters, which is an increase from the 4,420 sent in 2016.

Read more: Saskatchewan smashes advanced voting records, candidates push Get Out The Vote campaign

In 2016, voter turnout was 57.8 per cent.

Monday is the last day to vote. Polls close at 8 p.m.