October 10, 2015 7:17 pm
Updated: October 11, 2015 9:26 am

Elections Canada reports higher voter turnout for advance polls this weekend

Canadians trying to get a jump start on voting in the federal election have found longer than expected wait times. If advanced polls are any indication its going to be a busy October 19th. Leena Latafat reports.

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OTTAWA – The opening day of advance polls brought out a big increase in the number of voters casting ballots ahead of the October 19th election.

Elections Canada says it estimates some 850,000 people voted on Friday, the first day of advance polls.

The agency says that is a 26 per cent increase over the first day of advance polls in the 2011 election and a 90 per cent increase over the first day of advance polls in 2008.

READ MORE: Voters experience long waits at advanced polling stations

There were long line-ups reported on Friday at polling sections.

There were concerns that the Conservative government’s changes to election laws to tighten identification requirements could create snags for certain Canadians, but Elections Canada said it has been trying to ensure everyone who wants to vote would get a chance to do so.

Advance polls are open throughout the Thanksgiving weekend.

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