Time to vote: Polls are open across Canada

Posted In: News Date:Oct 21st, 2019

After a 40-day campaign, it's time for Canadians to decide on the next federal government.

Polls have opened across the country to vote in this 43rd general election.

The first ballots were cast at 8:30 a.m. local time in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, and the last will be cast at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET) in British Columbia.

Elections Canada says roughly 27.4 million people are eligible to vote at one of the approximately 20,000 polling places across the country.

While most voters will cast their ballots today, around 4.7 million Canadians did so in advance polls last weekend — a 29 per cent increase over 2015.

Canadian citizens 18 and over who have not already voted can put an X beside the name of their favoured candidate at local polling stations.

Rosellen Sullivan, an early voter in St. John's today, said it's been an important campaign and urged others to vote.

"There are a lot of issues, and I just think this election is particularly important. I think there's a lot of uncertainty in the country right now, and I think every vote counts," she said.

"I know that's a cliché, but actually, compared to the last election where I think there was a lot of non-turnouts, I think it was really important for people to vote this time around."