By Tina Comeau
Voters head to the polls on Tuesday, Oct. 8 to cast their ballots in this 2013 provincial election, although many in Yarmouth and provincially have been taking advantage of other voting options that were available to them – namely the continuous voting option that is new to this election and has been available at the returning offices.
Marie Atkinson, the returning officer in Yarmouth, said Thursday they had been busy with continuous voting during this election. Thursday is the final day of this voting option, and she said since the election was called this type of voting has been steady at the Yarmouth returning office.
The continuous voting option ended at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3.
Heading into this last day of this type of voting, Dana Dorion of Elections Nova Scotia said by Wednesday evening more than 41,000 voters had voted by this method across the province.
On Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5, advance polls are being held at the NSCC Burridge Campus from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
On Election Day on Tuesday, polling stations will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Provincially, there are 176 candidates who have been nominated in the 51 electoral districts. This breaks down to 51 each for the Liberals, Progressive Conservatives and the New Democrats. There are 16 Green Party of Nova Scotia candidates and seven independent candidates (some Atlantica party candidates are counted among the independents).
The candidates in the local and neighbouring ridings are (listed alphabetically by last name):
• YARMOUTH CANDIDATES:
Zach Churchill, Liberal
John Cunningham, Progressive Conservative
Vanessa Goodwin-Clairmont, Green Party of Nova Scotia
Charles Webster, NDP
• ARGYLE-BARRINGTON CANDIDATES:
Kenn Baynton, NDP
Kent Blades, Liberal
Chris d'Entremont, Progressive Conservative
• CLARE-DIGBY CANDIDATES:
Dean Kenley, NDP
Paul Emile LeBlanc, Progressive Conservative
Ian Thurber, Independent
Gordon L. Wilson, Liberal
In addition to the continuous voting, the advance polls and the polling stations, some of the other methods of voting that have been offered to Nova Scotians have included write-in ballots, voting at hospitals, at university and college campuses and in correctional facilities. People could also vote by mail.
HERE IS A HEADS UP TO OUR VANGUARD COVERAGE ON ELECTION NIGHT:
The Yarmouth Vanguard’s newsroom will be bringing your coverage of the 2013 provincial election on Tuesday evening, Oct. 8.
We will be running results and stories on our website www.thevanguard.ca on election night. As well, you can follow a live blog and commentary on the election and the results on the homepage of our website via a feature called Cover It Live, that will include information on what’s happening locally and provincially in the election. This feature will include results, tweets, postings and photos from throughout the evening.
We’ll also publish results of the election in our next issue of the Vanguard.