Interest in today’s 2014 Vancouver civic election reached fever levels to the point that several voting stations ran out of paper ballots.
Reports indicate that four stations at Oakridge Centre, Killarney Community Centre, Britannia Community Centre and the West End’s Lord Roberts School Annex ran out of ballots this afternoon.
A spokesperson with the City has confirmed that Britannia polling station was out of ballots for 20 to 30 minutes. Voters that arrived at the locations that ran out of ballots were redirected to other nearby stations.
According to a tweet by the City of Vancouver, ballots were restocked at Britannia just after 4 p.m.
Ballots are now restocked at Britannia Community Centre: please continue to vote there! #vanelxn
— City of Vancouver (@CityofVancouver) November 16, 2014
In response to the incidents of voting disruptions, the Chief Election Officer has declared the following:
- Killarney Community Centre will remain open a further 15 minutes to 8:15 p.m.
- Britannia Community Centre and Oakridge Centre voting stations will remain open a further 30 minutes to 8:30 p.m.
- Hastings Elementary Community School will remain open a further 45 minutes to 8:45 p.m.
Long lines of up to an hour have been reported at polling stations across the city throughout the day. Municipal elections are occurring across he province and all polls are scheduled to close at 8 p.m.
Voting locations in the City of Vancouver
Feature Image: Ballot box via Shutterstock