Voter turnout highest in Port Clements

  • Nov. 16, 2008 8:00 a.m.

It looks like Port Clements had the highest voter turnout of the three island municipalities on election day.A total of 216 Port voters cast ballots on Nov. 15 and at the advance poll, a 70 percent voter turnout of its 308 eligible voters.In Queen Charlotte, about 52 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the election, with 327 votes cast out of a possible total of 634.In Masset, turnout dipped below 50 percent, with 245 votes cast out of a total 582, for a 42 percent voter turnout.Port traditionally has a high voter turnout. Port voters may also have turned out in higher numbers because they were electing a mayor, while in Queen Charlotte and Masset the mayors have been acclaimed, leaving voters with simply a choice of council members.A total of 288 people from rural Graham Island voted for Area D director.The biggest vote-getter on the islands was Queen Charlotte’s Leslie Johnson, who has never run for municipal office before. Ms Johnson received 213 votes.Closest race was in Masset, where councillor Ed Woode held onto his seat by just one vote, according to the preliminary and unofficial results.