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Elections Canada reports higher voter turnout for advance polls this weekend

Elections Canada says it estimates some 850,000 people voted on Friday, the first day of advance polls.


 

A voter enters a polling station for the Federal Election in Toronto (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

OTTAWA — The opening day of advance polls brought out a big increase in the number of voters casting ballots ahead of the Oct. 19 election.

Elections Canada says it estimates some 850,000 people voted on Friday, the first day of advance polls.

The agency says that is a 26 per cent increase over the first day of advance polls in the 2011 election and a 90 per cent increase over the first day of advance polls in 2008.

There were long line-ups reported on Friday at polling sections.

There were concerns that the Conservative government’s changes to election laws to tighten identification requirements could create snags for certain Canadians, but Elections Canada said it has been trying to ensure everyone who wants to vote would get a chance to do so.

Advance polls are open throughout the Thanksgiving weekend.


 

Elections Canada reports higher voter turnout for advance polls this weekend

  1. I was wondering if anyone thinks the lineups, delays, and people just walking away are signs of voter suppression built into the new Conservative election law? Is it going to get worse?

    • I think this election has really fired people up to vote Harper out. If people walk away that could just mean they decide to come back at another time when there’s not such a line-up.

      They have until Oct. 19th to vote and they are not going to pass up on the chance to boot Harper.

  2. I went to the advance poll simply because it was in thereturning oficer’s riding office which was one short 10 minute bus ride away as opposed to the place where I was supposed to vote that is not accessible to my neighbours and me unless we drive. the closest bus is 6 blocks away from the poll site and would take nearly an hour by bus

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