The busy Thanksgiving long weekend isn’t slowing electors from casting their ballots of the advanced polls.
Elections Canada is reporting higher voter turnout compared to previous election years.
The government agency says 780,000 thousand voters took to the polls yesterday, which brings the total to 1,642,000 over a two-day period which began on Friday.
Elections Canada says it’s a 34 per cent increase over the first two days of advance polls in the 2011 campaign.
Through four days of advanced voting in 2011, there were just over 2.1 million ballots cast.
Another possible ballot spoiled? Not so, says Elections Canada
A North Vancouver man is worried his vote may not count after being a given a ballot with marks on it.
Toby Barazzuol says staff gave him a ballot with what looked like initials written over one of the candidates names.
“What if my vote didn’t count, or they counted it for the wrong person, or maybe how many other people did that happen to? I don’t know, and did other people notice it?”
Barazzuol says staff told him all of the ballots were like that, and not to worry.
“So I went back to the official and said ‘I don’t want to use this ballot because I feel it already has a mark on it’, and she said ‘Don’t worry about it, it’s fine, they’re all like that’.”
It comes after another Vancouver man reported on Friday that he was given two ballots with streaks through the vote box.
Elections Canada says staff do initial ballots on the back – and that if ink bleeds through they would still be considered valid.
Barazzuol’s case comes off the heels of a Vancouver man reporting a similar incident in his riding, which he took to Facebook.