Early Voting in Canada

Via the Toronto StarElections Canada reports higher voter turnout for advance polls this weekend

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.

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  1. For those interested, the CBC’s Poll Tracker/Parliament projection appears to show the Liberal Party surging, but it’s not clear that either they or the CPC will be able to get a majority in their own right.

  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    What are they trying to up there? Allow people to vote? That’s no way to run a Democracy!

  3. ltmcdies says:

    delurking here for anyone interested…

    the numbers voting in our advance polls are topping by approximately 34% advance voting in previous elections. And that’s even with long lines being reported in a number of places.

    Don’t know if that will hold for voting day, not speculating as to what it means except that Canadians are fairly engaged this time around.

    stay tuned…..

  4. Electroman says:

    @Doug Mataconis: The Canadian branch of my family will be discouraged by this, as they’re all supporters of the Conservative Party. Of course, they’re from Alberta, “The Texas of Canada”.

  5. Pete S says:

    We voted Saturday, there was almost no line. But we spoke to family in New Brunswick who waited 3 hours.