Dan Ashton

Liberal incumbent Dan Ashton watches Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson on election night.

10:45 a.m., Sunday - unofficial numbers

With 129 of 130 polls counted, unofficially the results are:

Dan Ashton, Liberal, (9,137), 49.8%

Toni Boot, NDP, (6,472), 35.3%

Ted Shumaker, Green, (2,187), 11.9%

Keith MacIntyre, Libertarian (558), 3%

Final numbers won't be known for days, or possibly weeks, due to a high volume of mail-in ballots. The process involves not only counting, but checking that nobody voted twice (by mail and in person).

(Staff)

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11 p.m. - Final update

Penticton:

Dan Ashton, Liberal: (4,521) 49%

Toni Boot, NDP: 34% (3,186)

Keith MacIntyre, Liberatarian: (272) 3%

Ted Shumaker, Green: (1,289) 14%

Ballot boxes reported: 80/129 

Boundary-Similkameen:

Arlyn Greig, Wexit: (406) 3%

Roly Russell, NDP: (7,484) 48%

Darryl Seres, Conservative: (1,943) 12%

Petra Veintimilla, Liberal: (5,727) 37%

Ballot boxes reported: 91/98

(Elections BC)

10:55 p.m. --  New Democrat, Toni Boot, who looks set to finish second to Dan Ashton in Penticton, apparently speaking to supporters before returning call from Herald.

(Staff)

10:43 p.m. -- Despite holding a double-digit lead from the start, Liberal incumbent Dan Ashton isn’t counting on victory just yet in the Penticton riding.

“I like the way it’s trending, but to be frank, there were 25% of the votes that were mailed in and those peoples’ votes count and I want to show respect to those people,” Ashton said in a phone interview at 10:30 p.m.

As he spoke, 57 of 129 ballot boxes had reported and showed Ashton with 48% support, versus 35% for NDP challenger Toni Boot.

Some of Ashton’s Liberal colleagues elsewhere in the province were in far more tenuous positions with the NDP projected to form a majority government.

“I’m disappointed,” Ashton, who’s on track for a third-consecutive term, said of the party’s overall result.

“However, I do my best to work with everybody and I’ll continue to do that. My attitude is whether you voted for me, didn’t vote for me, or didn’t vote at all, I’m here to help.”

(Staff)

10:24 p.m.

Penticton:

Dan Ashton, Liberal: 48%

Toni Boot, NDP: 36%

Keith MacIntyre, Liberatarian: 3%

Ted Shumaker, Green: 14%

Ballot boxes reported: 51/129 

Boundary-Similkameen:

Arlyn Greig, Wexit: 2%

Roly Russell, NDP: 50%

Darryl Seres, Conservative: 13%

Petra Veintimilla, Liberal: 35%

Ballot boxes reported: 58/98

(Elections BC)

10:20 p.m. -- Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson speaking now, says it "appears" NDP will form government, "but we owe it to every voter" to await the final results. Doesn't take questions.

(Staff)

10:15 p.m. -- Riding the orange wave that swept across the province Saturday, the NDP’s Roly Russell appeared headed for victory in Boundary-Similkameen, handily beating Liberal Petra Veintimilla.

Russell is a two-term elected member of the regional district board for rural Grand Forks. With 43 of 99 polls counted at 10 pm, Russell was leading Veitimilla 49 per cent to 36 per cent.

However, he wouldn’t comment of his apparent victory, pointing out that results in the riding can vary dramatically over the course of the counting.

And even though CBC, CTV and Global had declared an NDP majority government, Russell wasn’t prepared to talk about that either.

Veitimilla held the lead early in the evening, but slipped into second place fairly quickly and the gap continued to widen.

An Oliver town councillor, Veitimilla was attempting to succeed Linda Larson, who served as a councillor and mayor in Oliver before her election to the legislature in 2013. Larson, who announced her retirement earlier this year, was re-elected in 2017. She was not available for comment Saturday evenng.

BC Conservative Party candidate Darryl Seres of Osoyoos was a distant third. In an interview, he criticized the NDP government for calling the “snap election,” contending that taking advantage of the good will across the province for political gain is “bad for democracy.”       

A fourth name on the ballot was that of Arlyn Greig of the Wexit Party. She was dumped by the party early in the month, but not in time to get her name off the ballot. The name of the party was recently changed to the Maverick Party. 

(Roy Wood/Special to The Herald)

10:02 p.m.

Penticton:

Dan Ashton, Liberal: 47%

Toni Boot, NDP: 37%

Keith MacIntyre, Liberatarian: 3%

Ted Shumaker, Green: 13%

Ballot boxes reported: 40/129 

Boundary-Similkameen:

Arlyn Greig, Wexit: 2%

Roly Russell, NDP: 49%

Darryl Seres, Conservative: 13%

Petra Veintimilla, Liberal: 36%

Ballot boxes reported: 43/98

(Elections BC)

9:51 p.m. -- Global BC has declared as winners Liberal Norm Letnick in Kelowna-Lake Country and Liberal Renee Merrifield in Kelowna-Mission.

(Staff)

9:43 p.m.

Penticton:

Dan Ashton, Liberal: 50%

Toni Boot, NDP: 33%

Keith MacIntyre, Liberatarian: 3%

Ted Shumaker, Green: 13%

Ballot boxes reported: 29/129 

Boundary-Similkameen:

Arlyn Greig, Wexit: 2%

Roly Russell, NDP: 48%

Darryl Seres, Conservative: 13%

Petra Veintimilla, Liberal: 37%

Ballot boxes reported: 31/98

(Elections BC)

9:27 p.m.

Penticton:

Dan Ashton, Liberal: 50%

Toni Boot, NDP: 34%

Keith MacIntyre, Liberatarian: 4%

Ted Shumaker, Green: 12%

Ballot boxes reported: 24/129 

Boundary-Similkameen:

Arlyn Greig, Wexit: 2%

Roly Russell, NDP: 48%

Darryl Seres, Conservative: 13%

Petra Veintimilla, Liberal: 37%

Ballot boxes reported: 20/98

(Elections BC)

9:14 p.m. CBC BC projects a majority NDP government.

(Staff)

9:05 p.m. -- Liberals lead handily in all three Kelowna ridings.

Norm Letnick has 54% support in Kelowna Lake Country, Renee Merrifield is ahead with 54% in Kelowna-Mission, and Ben Stewart has 42% in Kelowna West.

(Staff) 

9:02 p.m.

Penticton:

Dan Ashton, Liberal: 48%

Toni Boot, NDP: 37%

Keith MacIntyre, Liberatarian: 4%

Ted Shumaker, Green: 10%

Ballot boxes reported: 15/129 

Boundary-Similkameen:

Arlyn Greig, Wexit: 3%

Roly Russell, NDP: 42%

Darryl Seres, Conservative: 12%

Petra Veintimilla, Liberal: 43%

Ballot boxes reported: 11/98

(Elections BC)

8:58 p.m. -- CBC BC is projecting an NDP government. No surprise, but it's pretty early still

(Staff)

8:56 p.m. -- NDP Leader John Horgan and his former health minister, Adrian Dix, have, unsurprisingly, been projected elected by CBC BC.

(Staff)

8:52 p.m. -- CBC BC has called its first riding. It has the NDP's Josie Osborne winning Mid Island-Pacific Rim. Just 27 of 99 ballot boxes have reported, but Osborne has 62% support, versus 16% for the Liberal runner-up.

(Staff)

8:49 p.m.

Penticton:

Dan Ashton, Liberal: 60%

Toni Boot, NDP: 28%

Keith MacIntyre, Liberatarian: 4%

Ted Shumaker, Green: 8%

Ballot boxes reported: 10/129 

Boundary-Similkameen:

Arlyn Greig, Wexit: 4%

Roly Russell, NDP: 45%

Darryl Seres, Conservative: 17%

Petra Veintimilla, Liberal: 35%

Ballot boxes reported: 3/98

(Elections BC)

8:31 p.m.

Penticton:

Dan Ashton, Liberal: 63%

Toni Boot, NDP: 28%

Keith MacIntyre, Liberatarian: 5%

Ted Shumaker, Green: 5%

Ballot boxes reported: 9/129 

Boundary-Similkameen:

Arlyn Greig, Wexit: 0%

Roly Russell, NDP: 47%

Darryl Seres, Conservative: 13%

Petra Veintimilla, Liberal: 40%

Ballot boxes reported: 1/98

(Elections BC)

8:17 p.m. -- If it was up to young people in Penticton and Summerland, Toni Boot would be our MLA.

In results revealed tonight, just after polls closed, Boot collected 357 votes (32.9%), just edging out Ted Shumaker of the BC Green Party with 348 votes. Liberal Dan Ashton had 308 votes (28%) and Libertarian Keith MacIntyre 71 votes.

Fourteen schools participated, including Summerland Secondary School.

The NDP also won in Boundary Similkameen. In the poll of student voters, NDP Roly Russell scored a decisive victory over Liberal Petra Veintimilla by a count of 264 (50.8%) to 124 (23.9%). Conservative Darryl Seres collected 117 votes (23%) and Wexit BC candidate Arlyn Greig 15 votes.

Twelve schools participated in Boundary Simillkameen including three secondary schools.

Provincially, the NDP won a majority government with 59 seats and 40% of the popular vote.

The Greens were second, winning 16 seats and 28% of the vote. The BC Liberals were third with 12 eats and 25% of the popular vote.

The Conservatives and CHP party each won one seat.

Student Vote is a mock election, run identically to an official polling station, where young people cast mock votes. The objective is to educate youth on the process of voting in hopes more will engage once they turn 18.

To view riding-by-riding results, as well as a list of participating schools, Viti: student vote.ca

8:08 p.m. -- Boundary-Similkameen will just narrowly turn over the NDP, while Penticton will remain in the hands of the B.C. Liberals but not by much, predicts poll aggregator 338Canada.com.

It predicts Boundary Similkameen will be won by New Democrat Roly Russell with 45% of the popular vote, compared to 43% for Liberal Petra Veintimilla, who replaced incumbent Linda Larson. The margin of error is 8%.

And in the Penticton riding, 338Canada.com, has incumbent Liberal Dan Ashton winning by 43%, compared to 38% for New Democrat challenger Toni Boot.

Margin of error is 7%.

Here’s how 338Canada describes itself: “The 338Canada project is a statistical model of electoral projections based on opinion polls, electoral history of Canadian provinces and demographic data. This web site is the creation of P.J. Fournier, astronomy and physics professor at Cégep de Saint-Laurent in Montréal.”

(Staff)

7:47 p.m. -- Officials with Elections BC say they hope to deliver the final results of Saturday's election by Nov. 16, but the date is not set in stone since it's unclear how much extra time it will take to count mail-in ballots.

Vote-by-mail packages are collected centrally and cannot be counted for at least 13 days after the election, allowing time for the ballots to be sent back to voters' ridings for sorting and screening.

“Usually, 90% of all ballots cast in an election are counted on election night. In this election, it could be between 65 to 70%, Anton Boegman, chief electoral officer for Elections BC, told reporters Friday.

Close to 478,000 mail-in ballots have been returned to Elections BC so far, representing 66 per cent of all vote-by-mail packages that were requested.

And just over 681,000 people voted in advanced polls, up from 617,175 in the last election.

The last election saw close to two million people cast votes, representing turnout of 62%, while just over 1.1 million people have cast their ballots so far this year, said Boegman.

(Canadian Press)

7:19 p.m. -- Good evening! Stay here for The Herald’s live coverage of the 2020 B.C. election.

We’ll have news and updates as they happen for the Penticton and Boundary-Similkameen ridings, plus items of interest from elsewhere in the Okanagan and B.C.

Polls close at 8 p.m. and results should start coming in soon after that. Spoiler alert: We probably won’t have a definitive result tonight due to the sheer number of mail-in ballots requested this year across B.C. due to the pandemic. More on that later.

For now, here's what you need to know: 

PENTICTON

It was a landslide victory in the last election in Penticton when Dan Ashton of the BC Liberal Party took 53% per cent of the vote, defeating Tarik Sayeed of the NDP by a margin of 24%.

Ashton is up for re-election this year. Sayeed, however, is not running again.

Ted Shumaker is the candidate for the Green party and Toni Boot is running for the NDP.

Also in the race is Keith MacIntyre for the Libertarian party.

The Penticton riding includes the communities of Peachland, Penticton, Summerland and Naramata.

There are 48,525 registered voters in the riding, compared to 45,250 in the last election.

As of Oct. 20, 9,868 vote-by-mail packages had been issued to registered voters.

The previous voter turnout rate in the riding was 61%, compared to 61% per cent provincewide.

At dissolution, the NDP held 41 seats, the BC Liberal Party had 41 seats and the Green party two seats. Two seats were held by Independents and one seat was vacant.

(Canadian Press)

BOUNDARY SIMILKAMEEN

In the last election in Boundary-Similkameen, Linda Larson of the BC Liberal Party took 43% per cent of the vote, defeating Colleen Ross of the NDP by a margin of 10%.

Larson isn't seeking re-election this year. Ross is not running again either.

The Conservative party is running Darryl Seres as its candidate, Petra Veintimilla is the candidate for the BC Liberal Party and Roly Russell is running for the NDP.

Also in the race is Arlyn Greig for the Wexit BC party.

The Boundary-Similkameen riding includes the communities of Princeton, Grand Forks, Oliver, Penticton, Osoyoos, Keremeos and Okanagan Falls.

There are 36,593 registered voters in the riding, compared to 34,450 in the last election.

As of Oct. 20, 5,193 vote-by-mail packages had been issued to registered voters.

The previous voter turnout rate in the riding was 65% per cent, compared to 61% per cent provincewide.

(Canadian Press)