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Editorial: Get out and vote

Election day is near
Election ballot box
If you didn't vote in the advance polls, get out and vote on's election day.

Election day is near.

Monday is a chance to exercise your democratic rights and vote in the federal election.

Many have already exercised those rights and cast their ballots in advance polls across the country.

According to Elections Canada, in the advance polls held Sept. 10 to Sept. 13, some 5,780,000 electors voted – which is an 18.46 per cent increase from the 4,879,312 electors who voted in advance in the 2019 general election. These are estimates as of Tuesday afternoon as some polls had not reported in yet.

And a breakdown of how many voted in advance at all 338 electoral districts is still being calculated and will be available later this week.

I was among the many who voted in advance. I voted Saturday at North Delta Secondary. It took about 10 minutes. The polling station volunteers were well-organized, efficient and friendly. I thank them for their efforts.

On social media we heard of longer lines and wait times at several voting stations in Tsawwassen and North Delta.

I’m very encouraged to see such a positive turnout at the advanced polls. It shows, that despite many not wanting this election, electors care and want their voices heard.

I hope this encouraging, high turnout continues on Monday.

Speaking of voting, if you are still unsure of which candidate here in Delta should get your vote, we are hoping we can help you with that decision.

Inside this week’s edition (and on our website under our Canada Votes tab in local news) we have 11 pages dedicated to federal election coverage. This includes stories on a pair of election debates/forums held this week, as well as profiles and questions that we posed for all six candidates.

On Election night, our small, but mighty editorial team of three here at the Optimist will have you covered on the web and our social media feeds with up-to-date local election results as well, coverage from our Glacier syndicated teams. Be sure to bookmark: and check our website often on Monday night. Then next Thursday we will have a full re-cap of the local results in print.