BC could play a pivotal role in tomorrow’s federal election and all the major party leaders are making a final push this weekend for the west coast.
Stephen Harper will campaign tonight in Abbotsford, suggesting he might be worried about losing the strongly Conservative riding held by Ed Fast since 2006.
Justin Trudeau will attend rallies in Surrey and North Vancouver, regions that swung Conservative in 2011 but that the Liberals hope they can win this time.
Tom Mulcair spent yesterday in Vancouver and Burnaby , where the NDP hopes to appeal to environmental voters concerned about pipelines and tankers , while Elizabeth May is pushing hard for the Greens in southern Vancouver Island.
Tomorrow is voting day.
Polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm.
For those needing a refresher course on how to vote, Dorothy Sitek speaks for Elections Canada.
“If you’re registered, what happens is you show your voter information card. You’re then shown the right table to report to. At your table, you show proof of ID and address, the election worker finds you on the list, get handed a ballot that’s initialed and folded, you go behind the screen, mark your ballot, you re-fold it, turn your ballot to the worker, and they can tear off the tab and put it in the box.”
Sitek says if you haven’t received a registered voter card, you can still vote, but will have to report to the polling location assigned to your address which can be found at www.elections.ca
If the advance polls from October 5th to the 8th were any indication, voters could face some lengthy lines once again.
Sitek says Elections Canada will be prepared, but can’t say for certain how busy polls will get.
“We simply don’t know. People come at their convenience. We are fully equipped and ready to go for as many eligible voters who come to vote. It is good to know that the Election Day process is different than the advance voting process in the sense that there are a couple of extra steps during advance polls.”
Over 3.6 million ballots were cast in advanced voting.