Advance Poll Voting Busy in Prince George
Prince George, B.C. – Advance polls for the October 19th federal election are open again today and Monday from 12 noon until 8 pm each day.
So far, according to Elections Canada, there has been a busy flow of voters taking advantage of the opportunity to cast their ballot early. The agency says 850,000 Canadians voted on Friday, the first day of Advance Poll voting. That represented a 26% increase from the first day of advance voting in 2011 and a 90% increase over the first day in 2008.
Here in Prince George, voting during the course of the weekend has been quite steady at the advance polling station at the Kinsmen Community Complex on Kinsmen Place. Cariboo-Prince George Returning Officer Lorraine Grant could not provide specific numbers on turnout, but says “I can tell you it’s been very busy.”
“Certainly at the beginning of every (day’s) opening there have been many voters and there have been line-ups and we’re doing everything that we can to process people through as quickly as we can. It’s lovely to see the turnout.”
Grant says by about mid-afternoon each day the volume of voters winds down somewhat. “It’s unfortunate that we can’t spread it out a little bit better but that’s the way it is, so we’ll deal with it.”
Grant says a very important piece of information “is that all voters need to go to the place that they have been assigned (on their Voter Information Card they received in the mail) to go to to vote. And they do need to pay close attention to which electoral district they are in and it tells them on their Voter Information Card.”
You are reminded to take that card and picture or other proper ID with you to the polling station.
Another reminder: On Tuesday, October 13th voter registration closes until election day. It is also the deadline to vote at an Elections Canada office or apply to vote by mail.
You can find out more information at www.elections.ca