It’s Election Day and thousands on Vancouver Island have spent it casting their ballot for various municipal, regional government and school board candidates.
But with unseasonably warm weather, voters were met with long lines at some polling stations in the Capital Region on Saturday, including George Jay Elementary School in Victoria, where people waited more than an hour to cast their ballot.
“One election official came out to tell us that the line has been quite long all day. She came out three times during the day to kinda let people know and she thanked people for coming out,” one woman told CHEK News.
Other polling stations in Victoria also saw similar-sized lines, with dozens waiting to vote at Oaklands Elementary.
“If the lineup is big, that means a lot of people showed up to vote, which is good,” one man told CHEK News.
Surrounding communities with fewer polling locations like Colwood and Langford saw minimal wait times, with voters spending less than 20 minutes.
Langford which once held the third lowest voter turnout rate in the province, saw residents flocking in and out.
“I think that it’s great to see that many people. It’s great to see lineups, it’s great to see people,” said one woman.
Voters have until 8 p.m. tonight to cast their ballot in the 2022 B.C. municipal election.
CHEK News has information about candidates running in all Vancouver Island municipalities, regional districts and school districts. To find information about council and mayoral candidates in your community, click here. To find information about information your local school trustee candidates, click here.
For full election coverage and results watch ‘Your Island Votes’ tonight starting at 9 p.m. on CHEK and CHEK + and, also, right here on cheknews.ca.