By Nancy Kelly
For this provincial election, Nova Scotians will have more opportunities to vote than ever before.
Continuous poll voting, new for this election cycle, is now being offered at returning offices across the province. Under the initiative, voters can visit any returning office between now and Oct. 4, with the exception of Sundays, to cast a ballot.
Dana Doiron, Director of Policy and Communications for Elections Nova Scotia, explained the move was made to further remove obstacles from the voting process and make it easier to vote.
“The elections act was changed recently, allowing more flexibility in ways to vote,” said Doiron. “We know convenience is a major factor when it comes to voter turnout.”
Doiron said those wishing to cast a vote by continuous poll voting need simply show up at any returning office between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Monday to Saturday.
“It is helpful to have identification and it is important that you know the name of the candidate you want to vote for,” as ballots provided for continuous voting will have no names on them.
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Voters can also opt to write in the name of the party they wish to support.
Al Kingsbury, returning officer for Kings North, reported the initiative has already produced results. In the first few days of the campaign, he had already had a half dozen votes cast by continuous voting.
Doiron has had similar feedback from across the province.
“The same is true almost everywhere.”
Kings County has three returning offices. The Kings North location is at 17 Chipman Drive in the Kentville Industrial Park. The Kings South office is in the County Fair Mall in New Minas and the Kings West location is at 1530 Bridge Street, in the former NSLC building.
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“Most are one-day positions for election day,” explained Dana Doiron, Elections Nova Scotia’s Director of Policy and Communications.