Elections Canada continues to post record crowds at its offices open for advance voting: some 1.642 million people went to the polls Friday and Saturday, an increase of 34% compared to the same period in 2011.
The first day of advance polls on Friday, attracted 850,000 voters alone. This represents a participation rate 90% higher than that observed during the first day of advance voting for the 2008 federal election.
“This is the highest figure that has never been registered for advance voting”, welcomed Francine Bastien, spokesman for Elections Canada.
In 2008, 448,000 people had voted on the first day of advance voting. This number increased to 673,000 in 2011 and to 850 000 this year. In percentage terms, the goodwill of the first day of advance voting in 2015 is 26% higher than in 2011 and 90% higher than in 2008.
“It’s a sign that people want to vote,” believes Francine Bastien, who also emphasized that long lines do not seem to bother the voters.
During the three days of early elections of 2011, 2.1 million people went to the polls.
The record of participation in the three days of advance voting in the current election will be announced Wednesday.
Veiled voting, but in the quiet
Moreover, the initiator of the Facebook page “On October 19, I veiled voting” welcomed Saturday for launching a peaceful and respectful movement. As Elections Canada, Catherine Leclerc found that the exercise of the vote by various people hidden or camouflaged by pieces of fabric has so far been smooth.
“What I find amusing is to see that since yesterday [Friday], everything goes calmly,” welcomed the Longueilloise, whose Facebook page has received the assent of nearly 10,000 people. “It’s done under the guise of humor, respect and calm. I feel reassured by 19 [October]. ”
At Elections Canada, Francine Bastien confirmed to have been informed of any incident.
The electoral law provides that a voter who refuses to reveal his face must sign a solemn statement and show off her identity cards.