Arrived for the Montreal Advance Poll on Sunday. Armed with patience, but with a smile on my face.
“I’m a little taller. I thought it was going to be faster today than September 20, but it doesn’t seem to be working,” Line Dunn nodded.
Citizens flocked to the polling station on Sunday afternoon at 13 p.m.E Avenue-la Petite-Patry in Rosemont, for the last day of the pre-poll.
The pre-election craze has spread across the country. More than 1.3 million Canadians voted in person Friday, more than the first day of early polls in the 2019 federal election.
At the polling station, several health measures were set up. First, voters will be given a single-use pencil. The mask is mandatory as a physical distance of two meters.
“They asked me if I could bring a pencil, but I didn’t think about it. So they gave me one, and then I put it away,” Andre Martino said.
Each voter’s name, telephone number and visit time will be recorded to contact them if spread.
However, health measures have extended the waiting time. At the passage Tap, Times vary between 20 and 30 minutes.
“This is the first time we’ve come to the polls. We thought it’s going to be a little faster, but it’s good,” said Julie Busazor, who came to vote with her partner, Franకోois Couture and their daughter, Adele.
Despite the wait, early polls have made many people happy. “The weather is good [à l’extérieur], So I kept running and running back home. It’s extra motivation, “said Andre Martino.” Since she works on polling day, she prefers to come early and vote.
Genevieve Lorende came to vote as a family with her husband and their 3-year-old daughter. “It went very well. We’ll always look forward to it. On polling day, I expected it to be even more crowded,” she said.
Canadian citizens who want to vote in advance can vote until Monday. The ballot will take place on September 20.
Where to go to vote?
Canadians can also go to the polls on Monday for the last day of early elections. Polling stations are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. On the back of the voter information card, citizens can go to the one assigned to them.
To vote in a federal election, voters must prove their identity and address, such as a driver’s license or photo, name and any other card issued by the Government of Canada with their current address.
Those who live far from their official address, especially because of their education, can vote at the Election Canada office. Canadian citizens can also vote by mail until 6pm on Tuesday, September 14th.
The proportion of voters who voted early in the 2019 federal election
First year Canadians were able to vote by mail.
Source: Elections Canada