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Did/Will you vote today?

Yes
28
80%
No
4
11%
Voted at the Advance Polls
2
6%
Not Going To Say
1
3%
 
Total votes: 35

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Maybe someone has commented on this and I missed it but I'm wondering if anyone has heard what the turnout is throughout the country.
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I realize this is not very helpful but I just heard “steady” turnout in most of eastern Canada….
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I just came back, and steady would be a good word.
Glad to see people out.
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I just came back, too, and they said they were at about 30% which is about what they thought they would be at that time of day (about 2:30 pm). The place was almost a ghost town while I was there - no wait at all.
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The most common descriptors in my experience are light, steady, and heavy or some form of those three. I have seen polls reporting turnout as "Light" and "steady", but I have not come across any as yet reporting "heavy".

Often we see a brief "heavy" period at the end of the work day, but normally it becomes "light" again in the last hour before the polls close. So far it looks like the turnout (at least in ridings in my region) is not showing any signs of anything unusual that would suggest a "surge" in any significant form is happening, so I guess "status quo" is to be expected locally once the results start rolling in.

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Sadly I cannot vote for another 3 years, but If I could I would vote for the NDP. Harper is an idiot, Ignatieff is an idiot, the Green Party will probably never get in, so all that's left is the NDP. Tonight I hope to see Quebec painted orange because of all the campaigning Jack Layton did there. The Bloc Quebecois is probably screwed, which is good because I do not support Quebec sovereignty. It would also be nice if the Green Party won a few seats. Lets just get Harper out of Parliament!
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Cumungala wrote:Sadly I cannot vote for another 3 years, but If I could I would vote for the NDP. Harper is an idiot, Ignatieff is an idiot, the Green Party will probably never get in, so all that's left is the NDP. Tonight I hope to see Quebec painted orange because of all the campaigning Jack Layton did there. The Bloc Quebecois is probably screwed, which is good because I do not support Quebec sovereignty. It would also be nice if the Green Party won a few seats. Lets just get Harper out of Parliament!


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Not sure it is the education system at work here Gramma. Heard an interesting comment on Vancouver radio this afternoon reminding us about how Trudeau swept the youth vote and campaigned on campuses. The young are willing to take risks with their votes.
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Voted today, I was the only person there voting.

The good news though, Jesus Is Lord according to the posters :)
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Captain Awesome wrote:Voted today, I was the only person there voting.

The good news though, Jesus Is Lord according to the posters :)


Sound like the same place I went, yes everyone I voted.

Who did I vote for anyone but the BT (you have to read some of my other post to find what BT stands for)
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As of 5 PM, a check at the local polling centre showed activity somewhat lighter than it was early in the day, and not much of a crush as the after work voters were showing up. The supervisor reported the day overall turnout as "brisk" with no significant line ups at any point. In polling lingo "brisk" seems to equate to the heavy side of steady LOL.

I've just returned from picking up some sustenance and refreshments in preparation for a long evening of watching the scoreboard. Once Ontario is a wrap however it will probably get somewhat boring and I might fall asleep LOL.

Here's a bit of an overview of what is hot and what is not on the Island...

By Tuesday morning, Green Party leader Elizabeth May could very well be Canada’s first elected Green MP. In the 2008 election, Saanich-Gulf Islands ranked as one of the country’s strongest bastions for Green votes — and it’s exactly why Ms. May moved to the riding less than a year later. While Ms. May’s support is assured in the wineries and boutique farms of the Gulf Islands, much of her support will need to come from residents in suburban Victoria. The federal Green Party has made their leader’s election a key priority and has limited Ms. May’s national campaign to give her more time to campaign at home.

In 2008, when she ran against big-name Conservative Peter MacKay in Nova Scotia, Ms. May captured an impressive 32% of the vote. The Conservative incumbent for Saanich-Gulf Islands, Gary Lunn, is no Peter MacKay. He occupies a low-ranking position in the federal cabinet and last election he faced accusations of electoral fraud. Of course, in 2008 Ms. May didn’t have a Liberal contender to split the vote thanks to a deal with then-Liberal leader Stéphane Dion. This time, Ms. May faces Liberal candidate Renee Heatherington, a cattle rancher and climate change scientist. Nevertheless, days before the election, Green Party polls showed Ms. May with a lead.

Immediately to the west, the riding of Esquimalt-Juan da Fuca is poised to be a Liberal loss. For 18 years, the riding belonged to physician Keith Martin. Since 2004 he’s technically been a Liberal, but the constituency has also elected Mr. Martin as a Reform, Alliance, Conservative and Independent candidate. The riding seemed to like a Liberal Mr. Martin least of all, and in 2008, Mr. Martin won by only 68 votes against Conservative opponent Troy DeSouza. Mr. Martin announced his retirement in November and Mr. DeSouza is poised to easily overtake Lillian Szpak, his Liberal replacement.

North of Victoria, the other Vancouver Island ridings of Nanaimo-Cowichan, Nanaimo-Alberni and Vancouver Island North are expected to be held by their Conservative and NDP incumbents.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/05/02 ... abeth-may/
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It was all young people at my polling station. Not too crowded around 3PM but definitely steady.
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I voted in rutland in mid afternoon.
It was pretty busy there.
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