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Canada Numbers show 25% increase in advance voting over 2015: Elections Canada

21:40  14 october  2019
21:40  14 october  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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New numbers provided by Elections Canada say voter turnout during the first two days of advanced polling is up 25 per cent over numbers recorded during the same period in 2015.

According to Elections Canada, preliminary figures show approximately two million people cast their ballots across Canada on Friday and Saturday.

During the 2015 election 1.6 million Canadians cast their ballots during the first two days.

Over the four-day early voting period during the previous election, a total of 3.65 million Canadians voted, representing 20.8 per cent of all votes cast.

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In a statement emailed to Global News, Elections Canada spokeswoman Diane Benson said this year's increase shows that "more Canadians are taking advantage of early voting opportunities to cast their ballots."

While the increase is large, Elections Canada says the figure does not include those who voted in local offices, on campus, in additional service points or by special ballot.

It also does not include the number of voters who cast their ballot on Sunday. The agency says that number, as well as national totals and riding-by-riding-totals will be available later this week.

Advance voting began on Friday, and those still interested in casting their ballot early have until Monday at 9 p.m. to do so.

Montrealers flock to advance polls to cast their ballots

  Montrealers flock to advance polls to cast their ballots Montrealers flocked to the polls to cast their ballot during advance polling over the holiday weekend. "It was just incredible," said Claude Landry, the Elections Canada returning officer for the riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount. "First day we had 3,000 electors, the next two days we had close to 3,000 each day, so that's quite busy."According to Elections Canada, more people are showing up to vote in advance not only in Montreal but across the country.In the first two days of advance voting, two million Canadians cast votes - a 25 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2015 when 1.

Voters can find out the location of advance polling stations by looking at their voter identification cards, the Elections Canada website or by calling 1-800-463-6868.

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In order to vote, individuals must prove their identity and address.

For more information on when, where and how to vote, Global News has created this handy voters guide.

Canada's federal election will take place on Oct. 21.

--With files from Simon Little

Voter Turnout In Canada Election 2019 Takes A Slight Tumble .
A smaller number of Canadians flocked to the polls to cast ballots in this year’s federal election compared to 2015. Nearly 17.9 million people voted this year out of an eligible 27.1 million Canadians, putting voter turnout at 65.95 per cent, according to preliminary results from Elections Canada. Canadians gave Justin Trudeau and the Liberals a second term, but with a minority Parliament. Approximately 4.7 million of Canadians voted during advance polling last week, an increase of 29 per cent over 2015. In that election, which led to a Trudeau majority, voter turnout stood at 68.5 per cent, which was the highest since 1993.

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