BC Elections: Too Close to Call

Salt Spring voters are in for an uncertain, and possibly very close, BC Election outcome at the end of voting day Tuesday. The rolling online straw poll on the Exchange, after 890, single IP, Canada only online votes is showing a neck and neck race between BC NDP candidate Gary Holman and Green Party of BC candidate Adam Olsen.

It would appear, at least based on this poll, which isn't necessarily representative of the overall riding Saanich North and the Islands as a whole, that neither of the two leading candidates has managed to galvanize a decisive lead over the other. BC Liberal candidate Stephen P. Roberts standings have remained unchanged at just under 24% of votes and late entry candidate Scott McEachern hasn't made even a small dent in the standings here on Salt Spring.

The race is too close to call and unlike previous polling on the Exchange, where outcomes have closely matched polling results, this one is too close and too narrow to predict. This online poll will close at midnight tonight out of respect for official voting tomorrow.

Election officials reported an almost record heavy turn out with 1175 votes cast in the first two advance voting days on the Salt Spring Island. We expect that overall voter turn out to be higher than normal in a contest where every vote will matter.

As always, what is more important than anything, is participation. If you're on the fence about your candidate. Get out and vote and get behind the winner whomever he might be. Check back on the Exchange, our email list, Facebook Page and Twitter. We'll post all the results as they are announced late Tuesday evening.

Thank you to all the candidates for running. Being of service to your community in this way isn't easy and we thank you for being part of the democratic process here on Salt Spring Island.

General Voting Locations

General Voting Day is Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the locations below. Bring your ID and even better, your yellow voting card if you have one:

* Fernwood Elem School, 150 Fernwood Rd, Salt Spring Island
* Fulford Elem School, 203 South Ridge Dr, Salt Spring Island
* Gulf Island Sec School, 232 Rainbow Rd, Salt Spring Island
* Community Gospel Chapel, 147 Vesuvius Bay Rd, Salt Spring Island

Based on what you know today about the parties, the candidates and their platforms who will get your vote in the provincial election in May?

Results Tracker 22/04 29/04 06/05 13/05 Final
Holman, Gary 36% 29% 35% 37% TBD
McEachern, Scott N/A N/A 0% 1% TBD
Olsen, Adam 24% 37% 40% 38% TBD
Roberts, Stephen P 40% 33% 24% 24% TBD
Votes 302 654 753 890

May 13, 2013 7:58 AM

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