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Alberta's advance polling stations expected to remain busy through the weekend

Albertans are expected to line up again today to cast their ballot at advance polls across the province.

Can't wait for Oct. 19? You can vote today until Monday from noon until 8 p.m.

Voters in Airdrie faced a long wait to cast an advance ballot on Friday at the Airdrie Town and Country Centre. (Ayesha Clough/CBC)

Albertans are expected to line up again today to cast their ballot at advance polls across the province.

Advance polls for the federal election will be open from noon to 8 p.m. through the weekend until Thanksgiving Monday. ​

At the Calgary Centre advance polling station at the Military Museums on Crowchild Trail, there was a 15- to 20-minute wait to cast a ballot on Friday morning. Voters faced similarly long queues at the Airdrie Town and Country Centre.

Those at the advance polls at the Triwood Community Association were accepting of the lines. 

"It was actually longer than I thought it would be, I was surprised to pull up and see the lot so full, and so many people out and I was really excited about that," said Jill Andres.

She thinks this election is critically important. 

"This was the first time I put a ballot in the box and thought oh, please, please, please, please."

Long waits

Quito Maggi, the president of polling company Mainstreet Research, says it took him 45 minutes to vote. He says he had to fill out a form before casting his ballot.

"This is why we are hearing reports from across the country about two-hour, three-hour lineups [and] people walking away," he said. "This process is going to have a huge impact on voter turnout over the next four days."

Elections Canada says there is an "extra step," as a record of votes needs to be maintained. It is done by filling out a form that is signed by the voter and staff, but doesn't happen on election day.

Where to vote

The addresses of advance poll stations in each riding are printed on the back of voter information cards sent to the house of every eligible voter. Voters can also find their station by entering their postal code at the Elections Canada website or by calling 1-800-436-6868.

Voters will need to show their driver's licence or another piece of government-issued ID that includes their current address. Those who don't have a driver's licence need to present two pieces of ID, at least one of which must show their address.

There are a few other ways to cast a ballot ahead of the Oct. 19 election:

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