Some voters face long lineups to cast ballots in Vancouver's civic election
Voters complain tabulating machines at polls are too slow
There were long lineups at some polling stations in Vancouver on Saturday as voters tried to choose between 21 candidates for mayor and 71 for council.
By 5 p.m., more than 90,000 votes had been cast across the city. But some voters said they waited nearly an hour to cast their ballots — or, more specifically, for machines to read them.
General Brock Elementary. Probably still close to an hour. Only1 machine to take the ballots and it kept getting jammed. Poor planning.—@TheMuuDang
The city said it did have issues with the tabulator at one of its polling stations — Holy Trinity Anglican Church on West 12th Avenue, but said the issue has since been fixed.
Nonetheless, shortly before polls were set to close, voters at the church were being warned that there was a 45-minute wait. The city has said that anyone in line before 8 p.m. would be allowed to cast a ballot.
More than 48,000 ballots were cast in advanced polls before Saturday's election, 27 per cent higher than 2014's advance vote count, according to a news release from the City of Vancouver.
I was timing the people in front of me this morning and it was averaging 40 to 60 seconds with a few taking much longer. One of the two machines wasnt working for a period of time at the Mount Pleasant CC.—@BMC604
Redemption Church is PACKED but also only 0.2km from my house so I’m not budging <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/vanelxn2018?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#vanelxn2018</a> <a href="https://t.co/shSmIF80xA">pic.twitter.com/shSmIF80xA</a>—@juliarburnham
The city says factors that generally increase turnout include:
- People feeling their vote counts.
- Many incumbents aren't running again so voters feel their vote is critical.
- People feel strongly about a key issue, in this case, housing.
- A favourable weather forecast.
Registered voters are reminded to bring the voter information card they received in the mail and identification. Non-registered voters will need to bring at least two pieces of identification to prove who they are and where they live to cast their ballots.