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Rise of advance voting raising questions about impact on, and of, campaigns: experts

By Laura Ryckewaert      

Almost 4.8-million Canadians voted at advance polls this year, according to Elections Canada estimates, a roughly 30.6 per cent increase over 2015, accounting for roughly one-quarter of all ballots cast this election.

A Grade 5 student casts a ballot as part of a mock vote put on by Elections Canada on Sept. 18. The exercise was part of the agency's Student Vote program, aimed at familiarizing students with the voting process. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Election after election, the use of advance voting in Canada has steadily increased, with roughly one-quarter of electors having locked in their votes with a week still to go in this year’s campaign, and it’s raising questions about the potential impacts of this shift.

Laura Ryckewaert

Laura Ryckewaert is a deputy editor at The Hill Times.
- lryckewaert@hilltimes.com


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