Strong advance poll turnout

Turnout at the four advance polling stations in Langley was high over the Easter long weekend, as people took advantage of an early opportunity to vote.

The final total came to 5,215 votes cast over Friday, Saturday and Monday, according to Patrick Lucier, returning officer for Elections Canada in Langley.

Along with the advanced votes, there were 915 special ballots cast at the Elections Canada office.

The numbers rose dramatically from the 2008 election. There was a 42 per cent increase in the turnout at the advance polls.

Polling took place in Walnut Grove, Aldergrove, Brookswood and at Langley Secondary, with a steady stream of voters taking part.

Turnout at advance polls was strong all across the country. The turnout was 34.5 per cent over the 2008 turnout, Elections Canada reported.

Total turnout at advance polls across the country was 2,056,001.

Elections Canada said the advance voting on Friday and Monday was the busiest ever, and that is attributed to Friday being a stat holiday and many people also having the day off on Monday.

Official voting takes place on Monday. Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

For more information or to find out about voter registration, contact the Elections Canada office in Langley, 604-539-2980, or visit the office at 107-6375 202 Street.