Go vote, then join the discussion here: Election watch 2015!

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Go vote, then join the discussion here: Election watch 2015!

Beginning Monday morning, this thread is the place to go for all your election coverage.

If you're wondering where and how to vote, visit Elections Canada to get all your voting information. You can also double check that you're registered to vote (though you should have your voter information card by now). If you find you're not registered you can do so online in a couple of easy steps.

You don't need a voter info card to vote but it does make things go faster. What you really need is the proper ID and to find out what that is, go to this page. Polls open at various times across the country. Time zone Polls open (all times local) Newfoundland 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Atlantic 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Eastern 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Central 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Mountain/Saskatchewan 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Pacific 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

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MegB

Bump!

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

I was pleasantly surprised that I wasn't supressed of my vote. In and out in 5 minutes.

I hope it's as easy an experience for everybody else.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

I voted on the 12th. It was easy for me but I am not in a city. The voter card helps get you sent quickly to the proper poll line. You still need ID but for most of us that means a drivers license is all that is needed.

David Young

alan smithee wrote:

I was pleasantly surprised that I wasn't supressed of my vote. In and out in 5 minutes.

I hope it's as easy an experience for everybody else.

Not as easy for me.

There are four polls at the Lunenburg Fire Hall, and the one I voted at (#112) didn't open on time because the Deputy Returning Officer didn't show up (family crisis I heard someone say) but since she had taken the ballot box with all the ballots and other things home with her, we had to wait until another ballot box (and stuff) came from the Returning Office in Bridgewater and a new D.R.O. posted to my poll.

It wasn't until after 9:00 A.M. (Atlantic Time) when we were allowed to queue up and vote.

 

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..i'm in a seniors complex which consists of 2 bldg with over 250 residents. we had our own poll #16 in the common room. there were 2 election workers and one voting booth. very convenient indeed. i could have went in my bathrobe. :)

David Young

epaulo13 wrote:

 i could have went in my bathrobe. :)

TOO  MUCH  INFORMATION!!!

Sealed

Sean in Ottawa

What I saw was depressing.

I have a very bad knee right now so I decided to take the car. There was not parking. Not even a disabled spot. I was able to press the point while I was there and I demanded they take some pilons and make a disabled spot at the street but it is still too far.

You see the thing is theya re using a school that is open. Tee parking lot is reserved for the school. The few public spots on the road in front were occupied by people working the poll.

Disabled parking is essential for access. But regular parking is important for many others who may not be disabled but are less than fully and easily mobile. These locations should have adequate parking.

The doors to the school were not automatic and about 11 am they finally got someone to come and stand there opening the doors -- otherwise there would be no access to some people.

Then there is the other issue. Across from the school is a park and on either side of the school ther is the side of the road. The Conservatives papered the area with their signs apparently in an attempt to put so many that there would be no room for anyone else. (BTW they also did a room of signs in front of the Liberal office along a fence so that they were touching each other preventing anyone else from putting signs there. This sign aggression may be legal but it is disgusting and I hope it backfires. Given the subsidy when I see over 50 Conservative signs in one place I think about how much public money went into them.

A_J

Good news everyone!

Joe Byrne in Charlottetown has already won:

pookie

As discussed when it was first passed, I think that the Unfair Elections Act is going to result in lots of disenfranchisement today.

The list of eligible id is too stringent, and the vouching procedure rules out too many who don't happen to know their neighbours or be able to tag along with them while they vote.

This is what voter suppression looks like.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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The list of eligible id is too stringent,

Other then the voter information card itself, can you give us some suggestions about what should be permitted as valid ID that's not?

As I understand it, you can use a prescription bottle as one piece of ID, or an electronic bill displayed on your smartphone.

Short of a hand-drawn picture of yourself with "ME" written beside it, what exactly is off the list that shouldn't be?

Pondering

A_J wrote:

Good news everyone!

Joe Byrne in Charlottetown has already won:

Is that a joke?

Pondering

I advance voted but in my mother's riding, in a senior's building, people are giving up because of the long lines. Most can't stand in line a half hour or an hour. My mother hasn't voted yet, she is trying again at supper time. Six people have already told her they gave up. One woman had tried three times.

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

I was the only voter in the polling station - in and out very quickly (of course I do drive so had the licence to flash). Signage as to which of the building's 5 entrances led to the polling station was appallingly bad... I would not have wanted to deal with the ramps were I mobility impaired (really was no need for them to have the entry off the lower parking lot in the back of the building... even if you could pretend you were a car and avoided the stairs -- there is a level entrance at grade facing the street which they used at the LAST federal election).

The Liberal party worker, clipboard in hand, was directly across the street from the polling station, but I did my best basilisk stare at him so he checked himself rather than coming over to annoy me.

My gut feeling is that Kent Hehr (the Liberal) will take the riding, and I am not going to weep for Joan Crockatt not having held the seat long enough to qualify for a pension. I voted NDP as I had always intended... I am also not going to be weeping if Hehr wins... I have very little against him other this his party affiliation and, if his record as an MLA is anything to go by, it will be the first time in a very long time indeed that the riding is going to be represented by someone who is not simply one of the bobbleheads in the back row.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Pondering wrote:

A_J wrote:

Good news everyone!

Joe Byrne in Charlottetown has already won:

Is that a joke?

Not if you believe everyone who told him to his face they were voting for him.

 

1springgarden

Pondering wrote:

A_J wrote:

Good news everyone!

Joe Byrne in Charlottetown has already won:

Is that a joke?

Hey, I gave $100 to Joe's campaign, he is the better candidate in Charlottetown.

Will he win?  Maybe not this time.

 

I just got back from the supermarket with the snacks.  Having some neighbours over to celebrate the end of the Harper era.

NorthReport

Election Canada voting rules for disabled people are discouraging as they are not given precidence. It's first-come, first serve in the right-wing dod-eat-dog world, Hopefully common sense prevails amongst the Elections Canada staff and disabled people are brought to the front of the line.

Sean in Ottawa wrote:

What I saw was depressing.

I have a very bad knee right now so I decided to take the car. There was not parking. Not even a disabled spot. I was able to press the point while I was there and I demanded they take some pilons and make a disabled spot at the street but it is still too far.

You see the thing is theya re using a school that is open. Tee parking lot is reserved for the school. The few public spots on the road in front were occupied by people working the poll.

Disabled parking is essential for access. But regular parking is important for many others who may not be disabled but are less than fully and easily mobile. These locations should have adequate parking.

The doors to the school were not automatic and about 11 am they finally got someone to come and stand there opening the doors -- otherwise there would be no access to some people.

Then there is the other issue. Across from the school is a park and on either side of the school ther is the side of the road. The Conservatives papered the area with their signs apparently in an attempt to put so many that there would be no room for anyone else. (BTW they also did a room of signs in front of the Liberal office along a fence so that they were touching each other preventing anyone else from putting signs there. This sign aggression may be legal but it is disgusting and I hope it backfires. Given the subsidy when I see over 50 Conservative signs in one place I think about how much public money went into them.

NorthReport

Talking about being put out to pasture was there any pundit more incorrect than Kinsella with his less than brilliant comments throughout the camapign?

 

http://warrenkinsella.com/2015/10/kcccc-day-77-the-last-day/

 

Sean in Ottawa

NorthReport wrote:

Election Canada voting rules for disabled people are discouraging as they are not given precidence. It's first-come, first serve in the right-wing dod-eat-dog world, Hopefully common sense prevails amongst the Elections Canada staff and disabled people are brought to the front of the line.

Sean in Ottawa wrote:

What I saw was depressing.

I have a very bad knee right now so I decided to take the car. There was not parking. Not even a disabled spot. I was able to press the point while I was there and I demanded they take some pilons and make a disabled spot at the street but it is still too far.

You see the thing is theya re using a school that is open. Tee parking lot is reserved for the school. The few public spots on the road in front were occupied by people working the poll.

Disabled parking is essential for access. But regular parking is important for many others who may not be disabled but are less than fully and easily mobile. These locations should have adequate parking.

The doors to the school were not automatic and about 11 am they finally got someone to come and stand there opening the doors -- otherwise there would be no access to some people.

Then there is the other issue. Across from the school is a park and on either side of the school ther is the side of the road. The Conservatives papered the area with their signs apparently in an attempt to put so many that there would be no room for anyone else. (BTW they also did a room of signs in front of the Liberal office along a fence so that they were touching each other preventing anyone else from putting signs there. This sign aggression may be legal but it is disgusting and I hope it backfires. Given the subsidy when I see over 50 Conservative signs in one place I think about how much public money went into them.

If there is no place to park they will not even be in the line.

TiradeFaction

The CBC’s James Cudmore is reporting from the NDP’s headquarters in Montreal tonight, which has been scaled back since former NDP Leader Jack Layton’s 2011 election breakthrough.

The room is less than half the size of what was used in 2011. Cudmore says there’s no bar, food, decorations, seats or any distractions whatsoever.

There is a podium and a few TVs.CBC Newsat 6:50 PM

Saw this on the CBC feed moments ago.

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

Funny. I saw a story that CPC HQ has been scaled back from 2011 too. No one seems to believe in a big win. Neither do I.

Pondering

Looks like Jack Harris will keep his seat but Seamus O’Regan is leading against Ryan Cleary so far.

 

Ciabatta2

Not sure he'll make a good MP or not, but Seamus is a thoroughly decent guy.

NorthReport wrote:

Talking about being put out to pasture was there any pundit more incorrect than Kinsella with his less than brilliant comments throughout the camapign?

http://warrenkinsella.com/2015/10/kcccc-day-77-the-last-day/

I'm convinced that Kinsella has a role in the Liberal campaign to make commentary that goes against the the perceived Liberal grain to purposely confuse / distract / mislead / deflect partisans and operatives from other parties from what the Liberals are truly thinking/planning.

Ciabatta2

Early times yet, but Stoffer's losing too.

Cody87

Pondering wrote:

Looks like Jack Harris will keep his seat but Seamus O’Regan is leading against Ryan Cleary so far.

Jack Harris is leading by less than 4% with 10% polls returning. I'm not saying I think he's going to lose, but it's still up in the air.

Edit: have the advance polls been counter for St. Johns East yet?

Sean in Ottawa

Megan Leslie is losing

Sean in Ottawa

Leslie -- it is just one poll though

Pondering

Sean in Ottawa wrote:

Megan Leslie is losing

By 4 votes with less than 100 counted last I heard.

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

Looks like the maritimes are encountering a red crush.

Cody87

Cody87 wrote:

Pondering wrote:

Looks like Jack Harris will keep his seat but Seamus O’Regan is leading against Ryan Cleary so far.

Jack Harris is leading by less than 4% with 10% polls returning. I'm not saying I think he's going to lose, but it's still up in the air.

Edit: have the advance polls been counter for St. Johns East yet?

The margin is now 3% between Harris and Whalen, it had been 6% at one point in between my last post and this. So I think Harris will keep it. This is with about 20% of polls reporting now.

Brachina

 There is no red crush, there only red rot, which spreads like a disease.

josh

Peter Stoffer trailing by 11% with 10% reporting.

welder welder's picture

This going to be a wipe out like '93...The Lib's will be in Majority territory by the time they get out of Ontario...

Cody87

Harris is currently behind in St. Johns by less than 1% difference, with 25% of polls reporting.

welder welder's picture

This one is over,folks...

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

Libs 32

Cons 0

NDP 0

Aelantic Canada is almost totally red. If it ain't a red crush .it's certainly a red wave. Peter MacKay's district went Liberal.

Sean in Ottawa

alan smithee wrote:

Libs 32

Cons 0

NDP 0

Aelantic Canada is almost totally red. If it ain't a red crush .it's certainly a red wave. Peter MacKay's district went Liberal.

Not almost -- that is the total for the region -- with the Liberals at 65% of the vote.

This has never happened federally.

 

Cody87

Nick Whalen is now leading Jack Harris in St. John's East by almost 5% with 35% of polls reporting, currently leading by almost 600 votes.

 

Andy Fillmore is leading Megan Leslie by almost 14% (51% to 37%).

 

The CPC has lost Central Nova by a projected 2:1 margin.

Debater

Robert Chisholm, one of the most arrogant NDP MP's in the country, has just been defeated in Dartmouth-Cole Harbour.

This is the man who made fun of the Liberals on CTV Power Play 2 years ago for having a small caucus!

Unionist

josh wrote:

Peter Stoffer trailing by 11% with 10% reporting.

Whatever else happens, the flushing of Peter Stoffer, warmonger extraordinaire, will be sweet. Go away forever, Stoffer!

infracaninophile infracaninophile's picture

My polling location is in a rural area, in a small community centre midway between several villages. It's the same place Elections Canada has had us vote for the last few federal elections. I did notice something odd this time, though.  In previous years, the location (which is on a sideroad and difficult to find in the dark unless you already know where it is) was clearly marked with signage and arrows on the main  road. I think the signs used to say POLLING STATION or something, and had a directional arrow.   This time, there was no signage except on the building itself, not even at the entrance to the parking lot. 

 

Is there a sign shortage?  LOL, if so, it might hurt the Tories, as this is a safe Tory seat. The do-nothing MP won over 50% of the vote last time.around. There have been practically zero NDP signs I've seen in the riding, either. The NDP candidate is the only one who actually LIVES hereSurprised But, he got at least one vote.

josh

Liberals take Peter Mackay's seat.

welder welder's picture

Enjoy the Corporatism with a photogenic smile,folks...

Sean in Ottawa

There are still people who think that it is not impossible for the NDP to retain the position of official opposition

Brachina

Debater wrote:

Robert Chisholm, one of the most arrogant NDP MP's in the country, has just been defeated in Dartmouth-Cole Harbour.

This is the man who made fun of the Liberals on CTV Power Play 2 years ago for having a small caucus!

 Do you remember when I defended you months ago and others were attacking, when you were abaddoning the Liberals for supporting bill C-51, well I sincrely regret having defended you, you are still the same person you've always been, and I was a fool for thinking you'd become a better person, clearly I was wrong.

Malcontent

So I never did get my voter card but looked myself up online and it said to go to the usual spot, yet when I get there I find out I am not registered at all despite elections Canada web site saying I am, I have been here 14 years always voted and always tick the thing on income tax.

So I had to re register to vote.  So me being me. I refused to show them my BCID and showed them my birth certificate and Credit Union statement as per the two pieces of id that can be used. They were not impressed but whatever. I do not like being off the list either.   Apparently though the one person said this is a common issue today even with people that got their cards not being on their lists.  Then I see problems across the country on the news from more pre marked ballots to people not being on list, polls opening late or not opening due to lack of staff... Like wtf?  This seems to be the worse election run in my lifetime. All the issues before and now....

Oh and I did vote NDP because I do not like the Liberal running who was the previous MP and is a convicted Tax Cheat. I won't vote con and I would of voted Green if the NDP was sure thing for re election.  Sad part is Jinny Simms will probably lose to this convicted tax cheat.

Unionist

Sean in Ottawa wrote:

There are still people who think that it is not impossible for the NDP to retain the position of official opposition

Who cares? As long as Harper goes down the toilet. And maybe the NDP will learn that they must not imitate neoliberals. It doesn't look good on them.

Brachina

Sean in Ottawa wrote:

There are still people who think that it is not impossible for the NDP to retain the position of official opposition

 

 The only way that happens is if A) Alantic Canada is an analomy of epic proportions, B)the Tories some how manage to do even worse then the NDP.

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

welder wrote:

Enjoy the Corporatism with a photogenic smile,folks...

An improvement nonetheless. That's the sad truth.

Webgear

It is going to be a long night.

terrytowel

CTV just annouced Megan Leslie & Peter Stoffer has been defeated

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