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Huge drop in voter turnout in Port Coquitlam

Port Coquitlam voter turnout drops without a race for mayor or school board.
Election signs along Kingsway Avenue in Port Coquitlam.

Port Coquitlam voters signalled their interest in Saturday's (Oct. 15) civic election by staying home.

Voter turnout was just 18.24 per cent — a 10 per cent point drop from the 28.11 per cent turnout in 2018.

And the turnout this year appears to have suffered from the lack of a mayoralty race.

With no challenger to Brad West, who became PoCo's first-ever acclaimed mayor at the Sept. 9 nomination deadline, fewer people cast a ballot on Oct. 15 as well as the advance polls (Oct. 5 and 8).

According to a news release, as many as 8,129 Port Coquitlam voters turned out on Oct. 15 and at two advanced polls to elect six councillors to represent their community for the next four-year term.
The complete breakdown of votes by polling station is available on the city’s website

There were no school trustee elections either as both PoCo trustees, Michael Thomas and Christine Pollock, were returned to the board of education by acclamation.

City councillors-elect for receiving the top six, highest number of valid votes are (in alphabetical order):

  • Steve Darling
  • Nancy McCurrach
  • Darrell Penner
  • Paige Petriw
  • Glenn Pollock
  • Dean Washington

PoCo council's inauguration is set to take place Nov. 8, 6 p.m. in Mabbett Hall at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre (PCCC), marking the first meeting of the new council.

The free event is open to the public.