Advance polls open this weekend!

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If you have any questions about advance voting (or voting in general), click this image to visit the Elections Canada website

You’ve always been able to vote in advance of election day, but this year was the first time you could vote as far in advance as we’ve been able to this election. I voted about 3 weeks ago by special ballot at my local returning office, but the traditional ‘advance voting’ days opens this Friday at various locations across the country.

What is the benefit to voting before Election Day? Sometimes people forget to vote on Election Day. Once people vote, they don’t have to worry about it again. With traditional work environments, people are working until early evening and once they get home, they are less likely to go out again.  Even if it is for something as important as casting a ballot.

I have never been involved with an election where there was as much emphasis on advance voting as this one. It’ll be interesting to see what the voter turnout is across the riding, across the province, and across the country. Perhaps the length of this campaign wasn’t all bad news – it allowed all parties to reach voters more people, perhaps some they normally wouldn’t have reached.

youth vote

Saw this just as I was writing this post – serendipitous!

As a complement to this, the Young Liberals of Canada have an incredible ‘Get Out The Vote’ campaign, which is especially strong here in Manitoba. All of the youth leaders, from the executive of the Young Liberals of Canada to student unions and activist groups, have worked hard to reach a traditionally under-engaged cohort. I wrote a blog post about this back in May, and it’s extremely relevant even now.

I guess what I’m saying is this: by the end of the election campaign, there will have been over 60 days where you could have voted. There is no excuse not to vote.




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Passionate young professional with a commitment to positive change. Partisan politico. Sometimes runner.
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3 Responses to Advance polls open this weekend!

  1. Pingback: Politics permeates my life | The World According to Danielle

  2. rodsalm says:

    I know, I know. Advance voting good, day of, bad, but I’ve never done advance voting. To me, there’s magic to voting day and it is an occasion. You take time to vote. You start watching results after supper. You curse, you cheer. That’s my super bowl and you’ll never convince me otherwise.


    • Dani K says:

      Hey – I hear ya! But you’re a minority group. You’re gonna vote no matter what. We need to pull the vote of people who might not vote.
      Where you watching the results?


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