427 eligible advance voters turned out yesterday in Fort St. John raising the pre-civic election total, to 667.

That is slightly more than the 652 people, who voted in advance in 2005, when the overall election turn-out was 26 percent. Even though that’s a very low number, it was still six percent higher than the previous election, in 2002 and about, three-and-half, and five percent better, than the turnouts, in 1999 and 1993.

It was also more than two and half times better, than the 1996 total, when the lack of a mayoralty race was generally credited, as the key, to a voter turn-out, of less than ten percent. This year it is estimated, there are 12,602 eligible voters in Fort St. John, nearly 500 less than the 2005 estimate.

Thus, if the advance poll trend is an indication of what to expect on Saturday, then the city should top the previous election turnout.

Once again your reminded the voting hours at the North Peace Arena will be from 8am to 8pm and Moose-FM will carry election night results, on the half hour, beginning with an initial report at the close of the poll. We will also provide detailed returns from all the major Northeast BC Communities, as well as the Peace River and Northern Rockies Regional Districts.