October 21, 2013 9:38 pm
Updated: October 21, 2013 9:51 pm

High River sees record turnout for election

Lineups at a polling station in High River. Nate Luit/Global News

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HIGH RIVER, Alta.- It’s a community struggling to move forward after being devastated by the June flood, and it appears the town of High River is ready for new leadership.

The mayor’s chair was vacated, after Emile Blokland decided to step down and run for councillor instead. Two candidates are in the running for the job: current town councillor Jamie Kinghorn, and businessman Craig Snodgrass.

Long lines have been steady all day long at the town’s main polling station, and continued to stretch down the street even as the 8 p.m. deadline approached.

Watch: Jill Croteau witnessed large line ups at polling stations early Monday evening.

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Another polling station was set up at the temporary neighbourhood in Saddlebrook, to make it easier to get to for residents displaced by the flood.

Most voters say the flood is what motivated them to cast their ballots this election, admitting their choice will reflect how they feel about decisions that were made in the aftermath.

According to election rules the polls have to close by 8 o’clock, and the returning officer tells Global News they will be putting a barricade up after the last person in line at that time.

RCMP are also on standby should any incident flare up.

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