A record number of people voted in the advance polls this past weekend.
According to Elections Canada, almost 3.6 million Canadians took advantage of early voting, a 71 per cent increase from the 2011 Federal election. The momentum was particularly strong on campuses where students took advantage of “pop-up” campus polling locations.
“The fact that students and young people are voting in record numbers is phenomenal. All my friends who voted early said it felt good,” said Simka Marshall, chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students BC.
“In an election this close, where critical local races will come down to the wire, every vote really will make a difference. I think young people understand that we can shape the outcome of this election by getting out there and voting.”
If you haven’t voted yet you can vote Monday, October 19. Find out how and where to vote at www.elections.ca.
Here are some of the best Instagram posts from advance voting.
Today, I voted. #voteselfie #elxn42 #cdnpoli #erinmills A photo posted by Angelo Gio Mateo (@angelo_mateo) on
#ivoted #stopharper A photo posted by @misshauntcy on
It was a beautiful day to go for a walk to our old elementary school. Are we going with #votingselfie or #voteselfie? #elxn42 A photo posted by Judd (@juddrnaut) on
Best way to spend an hour on this rainy #thanksgiving with @nathannavetto. #kissharpergoodbye #ivoted #stopharper #election2015 #harpersgoingawayparty #vote #elxn42 #cdnpoli A photo posted by Tannis (@tannispatricia) on
To my fellow Canadians, Not even an ocean is stopping me from voting in this #election, so you should not be stopped either. Your one vote could determine the political landscape for the next four years, so I ask that you take the time to go out and #vote. Vote for the Canada YOU want now, and the Canada YOU want for the future || #yourvoicematters #itsnosecret #ivoted #votebymail #electionscanada #elxn41 #cdnpoli #votenation #oct19 #canadatofrance #exchangestudent #thirdyearabroad A photo posted by Emily Peck (@emilypeck_) on
I just exercised my democratic right to vote in the Canadian federal election, and it feels real good Advanced polls are open until October 13th at 6pm. Go vote before then to beat the crowds on October 19th! You can find your riding online (I used votetogether.ca) and find your local elections canada office at elections.ca. Your voice is important, and should be heard. Help make our country a better place and cast your vote! #vote #canadianelection2015 #federalelection2015 #canada #ivoted #elxn42 #elxn2015 #canpoli A photo posted by Plant Based Bride (@elizabethturn) on
Voted today! Thankful for a country where I can vote. Millions today live in countries where they can’t. Thankful I could vote without having to think about safety #ohcanada #ivoted #youshould #romans13 A photo posted by Jonathan Thompson (@pastorjon_t) on
Decisions, decisions! #ivoted #canadavotes A photo posted by @frooey on