Voting is continuing in Canada’s first-ever pandemic election with people from coast-to-coast casting their ballot to choose the 338 members of Parliament to sit in the House of Commons.
Polling stations are open for 12 hours, but the opening times vary by region, starting as early as 7 this morning in British Columbia and as late as 9:30AM in Ontario and most of Quebec.
Elections Canada says almost 6-point-8 million people voted early, most of them at advanced polls over a week ago, and the rest through special ballots cast by mail or at Elections Canada offices.
But a majority of Canada’s more than 30 million eligible voters are marking their ballots today.
Most riding winners will be known by the end of this evening, but Elections Canada is also warning it could take up to four days to finish counting all the special ballots, meaning some close races may not have official winners for several days.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is currently engaged in a tight battle with incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Trudeau cast his ballot in Quebec, while O’Toole voted in Ontario.