Alberta election: Record numbers for advance polls

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Record numbers at Alberta election advance polls
Albertans gave a record turn out at the advance polls – May 24, 2023

Elections Alberta said that more than 161,000 ballots were cast at advance polls on Tuesday – 16 per cent more than the opening-day record set in 2019 for advance polls.

In 2019, Glen Resler, chief electoral officer said: “The turnout at advance polls was record-breaking, with almost triple the number of votes cast at the advance polls than in the 2015 general election.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, the advance poll voter count was 195,226.

“We are very pleased with the record-breaking turnout yesterday during the first day of advance voting,” said a spokesperson for Election Alberta. “We anticipate welcoming somewhere between 700,000 and 1,000,000 electors during advance voting, so we are on track with our expectations.”

The advance polls are open Tuesday, May 23 until Saturday, May 27 – advance poll locations are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Voters using advance polls are allowed to vote at any advance voting location.

“This adds convenience, allowing electors to vote at any advance voting location in the province and receive the ballot for their home electoral division,” said Resler.

Elections Alberta said in a news release that it will be using electronic voting record and tabulators during advance voting. The group added it is essential to use these electronic options due to 87 different electoral divisions

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