With four hours until the polls close, the turnout in Kimberley is running under 50 per cent as of 4 p.m. MST. With 870 votes cast in the first two advance polls (386 in the first on November 5 and 484 in the second on November 12), 1,291 have visited the voting place at Centennial Hall today for a total of 2,161 votes cast. There are just over 5200 eligible voters in Kimberley, says Chief Returning Officer Kelly Harms.
Votes from special voting opportunities (such as the Special Care Home) and mail votes have not yet been counted.
City CAO Scott Sommerville says the automatic vote counting machines are performing well and in fact, with the ability to detect spoiled ballots immediately, have allowed people to vote again.
“So at least 20 people whose votes wouldn’t have counted got a second chance,” Sommerville said. “I wasn’t completely sold on the machines before but I am now.”
The polls close at 8 p.m. so there is still plenty of time to cast your vote.