Long lines at voting stations across Vancouver

Dec 19 2017, 12:47 pm

Across the province, residents having been heading to polling stations since 8 a.m. to elect their representatives in local municipal government.

Within the City of Vancouver, there have been reports on social media of long lines and wait times to cast ballots at numerous stations. Lines have been ranging between 20 minutes to as long as an hour, with some lines winding their way around the city block.

Polling stations in Kitsilano and Sunset neighbourhoods were an hour long at one point while lines in downtown Vancouver and Kerrisdale were between 30 to 45 minutes long.

In some cases, there were even reports of people giving up and leaving the line. However, as of this hour the lines have begun to die down.

The lines today have been significantly longer than the previous civic election held in 2011, which clocked in a voter turnout of 34.57 per cent (144,823 of 418,878 registered voters) – an increase from the 2008 turnout of 30.79 per cent (124,285 of 403,663).

There is speculation that today’s voter turnout could be a record or near-record high for Vancouver, likely due to factors such as fair weather, an immense interest in this year’s civic candidates and issues and greater accessibility to polling stations.

Voters are able to cast their ballots at any of the city’s 120 voting stations; there is no assigned voting station this year as an electronic voters list is being use, allowing residents to vote anywhere regardless of where they live.

Prior to election day, eight advance polls were open for eight days – for 12 hours a day for a total of 768 hours. It was a 280 per cent increase over 2011’s advance polling hours when there were five advance polling stations over a period of four days.

On Thursday, the City of Vancouver indicated that turnout throughout the 2014 advance voting period was 98 per cent higher than in 2011. 38,556 ballots were cast in advance voting, a significant increase from the 19,484 ballots cast in 2011.




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