March 2, 2017 – A total of 4,923 ballots have been counted tonight, comprising the preliminary voting results for the by-election in the constituency of Saskatoon Meewasin. A final count, inclusive of both absentee and hospital ballots cast, will take place on Tuesday, March 14.
Preliminary results can be found at: http://results.elections.sk.ca/.
A total of 50 ballot boxes were opened and ballots counted tonight after 8 p.m. as part of the preliminary count. These included:
Consistent with legislation, two additional ballot boxes will be opened and counted on Tuesday, March 14 as part of the final count:
While there are two separate ballot boxes that are opened and counted at the final count, due to a small number of votes cast at the hospital poll, the absentee and hospital poll results will be combined and reported together. This helps to ensure the secrecy of every vote cast.
Saskatchewan’s Permanent Register of Voters included 12,121 voters in Saskatoon Meewasin as of February 21, the deadline for voters to register and be included on the voters list for the by-election. Qualified voters were also permitted to register at the time of voting, so this number will increase slightly due to registrations taken during either advance voting or regular voting today. Elections Saskatchewan has also obtained an estimate of the number of eligible voters in the constituency. That number is 12,700 as of March 1, 2017.
Following are the turnout rates based on the preliminary count:
Note: These turnout figures will increase slightly following the final count on March 14.
Historically, turnout figures for by-elections have been lower than during a general election. By comparison, results following the final count from the 2016 Saskatchewan provincial general election within the constituency of Saskatoon Meewasin were:
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