Record number of people voted in advance polls

Election day in Saskatchewan is Monday April 4th, 2016. File / Global News

REGINA – A record number of advance voters have cast their ballots for the 2016 provincial election. Over 100,000 voters went to the polls early this time around. It’s a 66 per cent increase from the 2011 Saskatchewan election.

The increase is because of a change in provincial legislation. In the past, advance voters needed to give a reason why they were unable to vote on the selected date.

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In a effort to increase voter turnout, this has since changed. Advanced voting is now open to all 815,000 eligible voters within the province.

Elections Saskatchewan says they were prepared with extra teams out during the advance polling window between March 29 – April 2.

“Now the focus shifts to election day, tomorrow. It’s the last day to vote and the day we count the ballots, ” Elections Saskatchewan senior director Tim Kydd said.

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Polls are open from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. CT on Monday. All voters need photo I.D. and should check their voter information card to find their appropriate voting station.

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