It’s day two of early voting – and after yesterday’s chaos many are wondering if they’re in for long lines again.
Turnouts were high yesterday as thousands across Metro Vancouver lined up to cast an early ballot.
Some waited for hours.
Elections Canada’s Dorothy Sitek says they’re aware of the situation, but when asked if there would be more resources on the ground, refused to answer directly.
“So it’s good to remember that there are 24 hours of voting this weekend, spread out over the three remaining days, today through to Monday from noon until 8 p.m., and returning officers are monitoring voting activity and making adjustments as they can.”
Asked repeatedly if more staff would be allocated, spokesperson Dorothy Sitek would only say:
Reporter: “Okay, so you can’t say definitively if at these busy locations we’ll see additional staff?”
“We thank electors for their patience, and it’s great to see electors out on the first day, and we’re going to monitor what happens today.”
Sitek says Elections Canada does dedicate more resources to Election Day itself, and voters can always come back another time if they don’t want to wait.
Voter initiative providing free concert, transport to the polls
If you’re thinking about voting early today – you might be able to catch a free concert while you’re at it.
An event called “Turn Up YVR” is busing voters from the Vancouver City Hall skytrain station to voting places around the city, along with live music played by local artists.
Local artist Dan Mangan will be among those playing and says the event is about fighting voter apathy.
“If people are voting early that means that they’re voting so that’s a good sign and it means people are engaged and the more voter engagement we have the more we get towards a true democracy.”
The buses will run throughout the afternoon.