Sep 06, 2020
By Jeremy Logan
Voters have turned out in unusually high numbers for advance polls in New Brunswick, with the chief electoral officer saying she believes people are eager to avoid election day lineups during a pandemic.
The behaviour of voters in New Brunswick’s election are being observed across the country, with a provincial election coming in Saskatchewan in October, and the possibility of a federal election this fall.
Kim Poffenroth, New Brunswick’s chief electoral officer, said that by 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, 63,000 people had cast ballots an increase of about 20,000 voters, or 45 percent, over the first day of advance voting in 2018.
That’s about 17 percent of the roughly 380,000 people who turned out to vote in the last election, held at a similar time of year.
The snap election called by Blaine Higgs’ Progressive Conservative minority government is set for September 14th, after the minimum 28-day campaign period.
Poffenroth attributes the strong turnout to an Elections New Brunswick campaign that urged early voting in order to avoid lineups due to social distancing rules being applied at polling stations.