The polls are open in Regina and voters seem to be moving at a steady pace.
Those looking to cast their ballots are only waiting for roughly five to 10 minutes. Some say their drive to the polling station took longer than the actual voting process itself.
At the polling station on Pasqua Street in the southwest part of the city, a small lineup gathered prior to the polls opening at 7:30 a.m. Elections staff there said they were bracing to be overwhelmed, but things quickly became manageable.
Unlike the advance polls which only had one table assisting voters, Election Day has anywhere between four and eight tables that can get people in and out relatively swiftly. So, even if lines appear to be long they shorten up at a brisk pace.
The fastest way to get through is to make sure you have your voter’s card along with a piece of identification that shows your current address.
Rylan Waugh marked his ‘X’ at the Parliament Community Church on Pasqua. He explains why he thought it was important.
“Because I want to protect Canada’s economy. I care about where this country’s going and I feel there’s only one party that knows where to take it,” he said.
Over at the Seven Stones School in North Central, Bev Nelson voted for just the third time in her life.
“Because I’m tired of what’s been going on. Now I’m retired and things are going bad,” she admitted.
While some say they’re voting for change, others realize it’s part of their duty as a Canadian.
“I vote every election. For me it’s not even a question of whether or not I’m going to vote,” said this woman outside a polling station on McIntyre Street. “It’s really important for me to have my voice heard and it’s kind of fun actually, I enjoy it.”
Nelson stated how you can’t complain if you don’t vote, while Waugh pointed to people in other countries that literally die for their right to have a democratic election.
“Every vote counts. This is the most important election ever. There’s no reason not to get out and vote,” he said.
Polls close at 7:30 p.m.