ALBERTA

Alberta Voter Turnout The Highest In 22 Years

05/06/2015 01:30 EDT | Updated 05/06/2015 01:59 EDT

Alberta's voter turnout for yesterday's provincial election was the highest the province has seen in 22 years.

According to Elections Alberta, more than half of Albertans cast a vote, with 1,481,477 out of 2,543,127 eligible voters making their way to the polls.

That equals 58.25 per cent of the population.

It's a huge improvement over recent years — CTV News reports the past six elections have averaged a turnout of only 50.9 per cent.

Tuesday's vote is the highest it's been since 1993, when 60 per cent of eligible voters cast ballots.

The lowest turnout in recent memory was in 2008, when only 40 per cent of Albertans showed up at the polls to re-elect then-premier Ed Stelmach.

Albertans wanting a say in the province's political future turned out in record numbers to advance polls in the days leading up to the election.

In the four advance voting days, from last Wednesday to Saturday, 235,410 people cast a ballot — an increase of 31 per cent compared to the 2012 election.

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