While those who opted for voting in the advanced polls in the 2023 provincial election were higher than that in the 2019 election, overall voter turnout decreased.
Though the numbers are still unofficial, as of today, Elections Alberta recorded a 62.39 per cent voter turnout, in comparison with a 67.5 per cent voter turnout in 2019. The 2019 provincial election saw the highest voter turnout since 1971.
Over 40 per cent of the total votes cast on Monday across the province were from advanced polls - with 755,840 ballots cast before election day.
There were 24,553 valid votes cast in the Airdrie-East electoral district.
While Airdrie-Cochrane saw 29,781 votes cast.
In 2019, Airdrie-East saw 24,902 ballots cast, with incumbent UCP MLA Angela Pitt garnering over 67 per cent of the vote with 16,764 votes. This time around Pitt garnered 15,229 votes. Dan Nelles, NDP candidate for Airdrie-East had 8,701 votes.
In Airdrie-Cochrane, UCP incumbent Peter Guthrie had 17,919 votes cast for him, while in 2019 he had 18,777 votes. NDP candidate Shaun Fluker amassed 11,097 votes in Monday's provincial election.
UCP incumbent Nathan Cooper for Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills appears to have garnered the most votes of any candidate in the province with over 18 thousand votes cast for him.
There were 330 advance voting locations that offered the Vote Anywhere Service, giving electors the ability to vote at any advance voting location in the province. Out of the ten busiest advanced voting locations, Frank Wills Memorial Hall in Cochrane (Airdrie-Cochrane riding) made the list in ninth place.
932,747 valid ballots were cast in this election. 745 ballots were considered declined - meaning that a voter who did not wish to mark the ballot returned it to their Voting Officer. In 2019 there were 854 declined ballots.
The number of rejected ballots did not change substantially, with 8,138 being rejected on Monday, May 29, while in 2019 there were 8,970.
Province-wide, the UCP garnered 927,453 votes, 52.59 per cent of the total vote while the NDP garnered 776,238 votes, or 44.02 per cent of the vote.
The official announcement of election results is on Thursday, June 8.