The polls have closed in Saanich and now we wait for the results to come in. We’re expecting a much better turnout today than three years ago when only 20.3 per cent of eligible voters in the municipality bothered to fill out a ballot.
Staff at the polling station located in the Reynolds secondary school gymnasium reported they were staying busy. By 2 p.m., the Reynolds poll showed that 1,215 ballots had been cast in that location.
Saanich had 16 locations available for citizens to cast a vote on Saturday.
Once the polls close at 8 p.m., the next step is to collect the memory chips from all the machines used to count ballots at each poll.
The data on the chips will be tabulated at Saanich municipal hall before the final results will be released tonight.
We will post the results as soon they’re available.
Saanich News reporters Kyle Slavin and Natalie North as well as photographer Don Denton will be filing stories from the field tonight
Greater Victoria School District
In Saanich, most voters also had the choice of 16 candidates vying for the nine spots on the Greater Victoria board of education. Because the school district includes portions of Saanich and all of Victoria, Esquimalt and Oak Bay, school district staff will have to wait for the results from all four municipalities.
Saanich school district
Residents of the northern section of Saanich fall under the Saanich school district, which governs schools on the Peninsula. Saanich voters in that area could choose two trustees from three candidates on their ballot.
One of the unique choices for Saanich voters is the chance to choose who will represent the municipality on the Capital Regional District’s board of directors.
The vote is non-binding but has traditionally been used by the elected council to appoint directors on the CRD board.
Did you know?
• Under the Local Government Act, municipalities have until 4 p.m. on Nov. 23 to declare official election results.
• In the last civic election in 2008, only 17,240 of 83,638 eligible voters cast a ballot.