Advance polls give Edmonton voters 10 days to cast ballot

Edmonton voters will have more opportunities to mark their ballots as advance polls open today.

More hours, more locations to vote in civic election

Kim Haldane takes advantage of the advance poll at the Terwillegar Recreation Centre in southwest Edmonton Tuesday. (CBC)

Edmonton voters will have more opportunities to mark their ballots as advance polls open today.

The polls will be open for far more hours this year than in past elections after voters complained last election.

"They wanted more opportunity to vote before election day because some of them can't get out on that one specific day," said Laura Kennedy, director of elections for the city.

"Previously we only had advanced voting on Saturdays in the ward," she said.

"There's 10 days of advanced voting. That should give everybody an opportunity if they want to come out before election day and vote."

Kim Haldane arrived at the Terwillegar Recreation Centre with her two young children in tow.

"I like that it's at the rec centre because I take my kids to the indoor playground so I really found that this was a really convenient location," she said.

The first of the advance polls open today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (8 p.m. Thursday) and go until Saturday.

Advance polls will also be available at the University of Alberta, MacEwan University downtown campus and NAIT's main campus next week.

In the 2000 election, about one third of the potential voters cast a ballot.



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