Large increases in advance voter turnout has drawn media attention in this year’s Metro Vancouver electoral races. The Globe and Mail interviewed Susanna Haas Lyons about this phenomenon, where she emphasized the role of voting convenience as well as competitive electoral politics.

Here’s an excerpt from the full article:


Susanna Haas Lyons, a public engagement specialist in Vancouver, said the increase in advance voting turnout may have been driven by reports that showed the gap between Mr. Robertson and Mr. LaPointe narrowing.

In the recent Toronto election, high early voting turnout was concentrated in higher income neighbourhoods.

Because Vancouver uses an at-large voting system, not a ward system, it’s hard to track who votes in advance polls, but Ms. Lyons said people who vote early tend to fall in a higher income brackets because they have “more privilege in terms of their ability to have flexible schedules and commitments.”