Weekend line-ups suggest a high voter turnout

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Weekend line-ups suggest a high voter turnout
On Friday, the line up was long for the advance poll in the shopping centre in Cowansville (Photo : Louise Smith)

By Louise Smith
Friday, September 21st, was the first day of advance polling. If the line up on the second floor of the shopping centre in Cowansville is any indication, it should be a high voter turn out for this provincial election. Only two booths were available for casting ballots. Information had to be entered into computers before a ballot was handed out. The system was slow because of the high volume of voters turning out across the province. Usually people come out to the advance polls because they don’t want to wait in a long line. But on Friday, it took over an hour to be able to vote. By Sunday, the wait time was down and people were manually crossing names off voter lists so the process was quicker. Advance polls are open on the 25th, 26th, and 27th, and the official election day is October 1st. If your name is not on the voter list you have until the 27th of September to register. You can register and vote at the same time. In so many places around the globe people are fighting and protesting for the right to vote. In some countries voting is mandatory. Here in Canada it is voluntary, but the right should not be taken lightly and we all should make our vote count. Published in the Tuesday, September 25 edition of the Brome County News.

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