Election underway at Pictou Centre returning office

John Brannen
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Counting, processing votes very serious business

NEW GLASGOW – This provincial election marks the first time that voters have been able to cast their votes throughout the entire election campaign, less the last week up until election day today.

Tabitha Coleman, presiding officer at the Pictou Centre returning office at the Museum of Industry, puts out a sign as voting commences. Polling stations in Pictou Centre will report their vote totals to the returning station and the adding to elect a candidate will begin.

It’s this novel voting system that may have helped boost. Metro Halifax reported that Dana Doiron, spokesperson for Elections Nova Scotia, said when advanced polls closed Saturday night, 110,447 people had cast their ballot, about 66 per cent more than in 2009.

Whether or not it translates into a greater turnout remains to be seen. Voter turnout in the province has been declining, from 75.76 per cent in 1988 to 57.91 per cent in 2009.

In the continuous polling, 812 votes were cast and processed through the Pictou Centre returning station. 224 out of district ballots were cast,121 write-in ballots were collected and 28 ballots were received .  

Organizations: Pictou Centre, Metro Halifax, Elections Nova Scotia

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