Janet de Laforest heads into Joseph Welsh School in Red Deer to vote Monday morning. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff

Red Deer residents stress importance of voting

A few Red Deer voters expressed the importance of participating in the federal election.

Stefanie Lafleur, who was voting at Joseph Welsh School Monday morning, said it’s important people get out to the polls.

“I feel like if you don’t vote in the federal election, or any kind of election, you shouldn’t bitch about what’s happening in the government,” said Lafleur.

“It’s your duty as a citizen to participate in government elections. That’s how you get your voice heard.”

Jay Marcil, who also voted at Joseph Welsh School Monday, agreed with Lafleur.

“If you don’t go out and vote, it says you don’t have an opinion. If you do have an opinion, get out there and vote,” said Marcil.

Janet de Laforest, another voter at the same location, said she never misses and election.

“It’s very important to vote,” she said.

“Our government is important. We’ve got to know how our tax dollars are being spent. We have to think about it carefully and choose the right people.”

Polls remain open in Red Deer until 7 p.m.

Elections Canada says roughly 27.4 million people are eligible to vote, and while most voters will cast their ballots today, around 4.7 million took advantage of advance polling last weekend. That marked a 29 per cent increase over 2015.

Voter turnout in the last election stood at 68.5 per cent, which was the highest since 1993.

–With files from The Canadian Press


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