Elections Canada bracing for heavy voter turnout

Elections Canada is making preparations to cope with what the agency expects will be a heavy voter turnout for Monday's election.

Record numbers at advanced polls has agency anticipating crowds on election day

Elections Canada is preparing for a high federal election voter turnout on Monday, Oct. 19, following last weekend's large numbers at advance polls. (Marta Iwanek/Canadian Press)

Elections Canada is making preparations to cope with what the agency expects will be a heavy voter turnout for Monday's election.

The agency says returning officers in individual ridings can either add additional staff to count ballots or if extra workers aren't available, the vote count can start before the polls actually close.

Elections Canada says in ridings where there is an early count, officials and witnesses present won't be able to leave and others won't be able to enter the room before the counting session ends.

The agency is preparing for contingencies because of the higher than expected turnout for advance polls last weekend.

Some 3.6 million ballots were cast over a four-day period — an increase of 71 per cent over advance ballots in the 2011 election, when only three days of advance polls were held.