POLITICS
11/19/2011 07:00 EST | Updated 01/19/2012 05:12 EST

B.C. Civic Elections: Low Voter Turnout Expected, Vast Choices For Those Who Do Cast A Ballot

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VANCOUVER - Mother Nature could play the biggest role in determining whether voters turn out today to vote in B.C.'s civic elections today.

Chilly temperatures forecast throughout the province could sway some voters from trekking to the ballot box at a time when turnout is already expected to be low.

Experts say only about half the number of people who voted in the provincial election are expected to cast ballots for mayors and councillors.

Simon Fraser University Professor Patrick Smith says voters might be feeling cynical, especially with no limits for political candidates on spending, contributions or third-party advertising.

Or, he says, they may just be feeling overwhelmed by the vast amount of choice.

More than 1,600 offices across the province will be elected in about 250 jurisdictions.

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