More Central Albertans came out to vote in the advance polls this year than they did in 2019, according to estimates from Elections Canada. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Close to 45,000 Central Albertans vote in federal election advance polls

Canada sees about 18 per cent increase in advance poll turnout

Voters in Central Alberta took advantage of their first chance to vote ahead of the federal election.

According to preliminary estimates from Elections Canada, about 45,637 people between Red Deer-Lacombe and Red Deer- Mountain View turned out to vote in the advance polls between Friday and Monday evening.

In the 2019 federal election, 22,419 showed up for the advance polls in the Red Deer-Mountain View riding, compared to 22,754 this year.

Red Deer- Lacombe saw 22,004 voters during the advance polls in 2019, while about 22,883 showed up this year.

“I want to thank the electors who took advantage of advance polls for their patience and their help in making this a safe experience for everyone. I also want to thank the tens of thousands of election workers for making this possible,” said Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault in a news release.

“Canadians still have the opportunity to contribute to this great democratic exercise by voting on election day or by returning their special ballot before the September 20 deadline.”

Elections Canada estimates that nearly 5,780,000 electors voted at the advance polls in this general election. That marks about an 18.46 per cent increase from the 4,879,312 electors who voted in advance in the 2019 general election.

Election day is Sept. 20.

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