Preliminary results and key dates related to by-elections.
Preliminary vote counts are as follows:
As mentioned, these are only preliminary results. The final count will be held on Tuesday, March 13 in all three constituencies. Absentee and hospital votes will be counted at that time and official results will be released upon completion.
By-election turnout, as a percentage of registered voters is presented below, the 2016 general election turnout is included in brackets.
As in past by-elections, advance voting continues to be a popular option for voters. More than 31 percent of all votes cast across the three constituencies took place in advance. Swift Current, in fact, saw 1,620 advance voters – an increase from the 1,326 who voted early in 2016. While I am hesitant to draw too definite of a conclusion, I believe this points to the fact that voters increasingly want to vote when and where it suits them and the traditional model of elections taking place primarily on one day needs to be reconsidered.
Here are a few reminders of key dates over the coming weeks:
Unless something pressing emerges, I will be in touch late next week with information on the final count.
Dr. Michael Boda
Chief Electoral Officer
Province of Saskatchewan