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Canada Montrealers flock to advance polls to cast their ballots

08:20  15 october  2019
08:20  15 october  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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

  Numbers show 25% increase in advance voting over 2015: Elections Canada According to Elections Canada, preliminary figures show approximately two million people cast their ballots across Canada on the first two days of advanced polling.According to Elections Canada, preliminary figures show approximately two million people cast their ballots across Canada on Friday and Saturday.

Nearly 60,000 Montreal voters cast ballots on Sunday in advance polls for the Nov. 1 municipal elections. "Maybe this is their way of answering that by saying, 'Damn you guys, we're going to try to clean up the system by voting for people we believe to be honest and good politicians,"' Chorney said

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a man standing in front of a computer: Voters in Montreal showed up to cast their ballot during advanced voting. Monday October 14th, 2019.© Jonah Aspler / Global Montreal Voters in Montreal showed up to cast their ballot during advanced voting. Monday October 14th, 2019.

Montrealers flocked to the polls to cast their ballots during advanced 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 1.6 million Canadians voted.

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Elections Canada says the higher turnout could be in part due to the fact they've expanded voting hours.

They've also added an extra day for people to cast their ballots in advance.

"It's very organized and from the start, from the door, to the end, it's very comfortable," said Toan Nguyen who was casting his vote in the Laurier-Sainte-Marie riding in the Plateau-Mont-Royal.

For Meddric Durand, the climate was a big motivator to vote. "Also really scared for Scheer to get in so this is a real big motivator," Durand added.

Tashiina Buswa just wanted to skip the lines.

"I imagine it's crazy on actual voting day," she said.

But more voters taking part in the advance polls doesn't necessarily mean people are more motivated to vote overall in this election.

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"It's possible that higher turnout now could be compensated by lower turnout on Election Day itself," said Sébastien Dallaire with Ipsos Québec. "Whether it's a change of habits among voters or it's an actual demonstration of higher motivation remains to be seen."

Polls open once again on election day Monday, October 21.

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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