CALGARY — Alberta's chief electoral officer says there was strong turnout at advance polls for Thursday's Calgary byelection.
Glen Resler says 4,146 voters — or about 12 per cent of the electorate — cast ballots over four days last week in Calgary- Foothills.
That's 84 more advance ballots than were cast in the May 5 provincial election.
It's almost 1,200 more than in a byelection last fall won by then-premier Jim Prentice.
The seat most recently became vacant when Prentice resigned the night his Progressive Conservatives were defeated by Rachel Notley's New Democrats.
There are seven candidates running for a chance to sit in the legislature.
They include former Calgary councillor and one-time MLA Bob Hawkesworth for the NDP, businessman Blair Houston for the PCs and oil executive Prasad Panda for the Wildrose.
The Canadian Press