Elections Nova Scotia is hoping a plan to make voting more convenient this year will result in an increase in voter turnout for this election.
As of Saturday night, 100,477 Nova Scotians had voted in continuous and advance polls — that’s a significant increase over the 45,764 people who voted at advanced polls in the 2009 provincial election.
This year there are more polling stations open in hospitals, shelters, prisons and nursing homes. Polls were open for all but four days during the campaign and there was also an effort to increase the number of polls for people with mobility issues.
In June 2009, 58 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot.
Callers to CBC Radio’s Maritime Connection on Sunday said there are reasons so many people are tuning out when it comes to the election.
Patrick Atherton of Dartmouth said he believes voting is now a waste of his time. He said the ideology that used to separate the parties no longer exists.
"There's not really any difference between the various parties. I mean, at the end of the day, the money's already spent. Nobody's saying we're going to spend it any differently so realistically what's going to be the difference whether we elect Mr. Dexter again or Mr. McNeil or Mr. Baillie?" said Atherton.
Eamon Clancy of Wolfville said too many people share Atherton's point of view.
"If you're disgusted at what's going on, opting out doesn't really change anything. It changes it for the worse," said Clancy.
Elections Nova Scotia is reaching out to voters like never before during this campaign, even going to homes with a ballot if you can't make it to the polls.
"Until the atmosphere and the environment changes in that respect than none of the things that we can do as administrators can be really very fruitful as far as participation,” said Dana Doiron, a spokesman with Elections Nova Scotia.