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Is the push for advance voting getting people to the polls?

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Elections BC has been putting a big emphasis advance voting ahead of the May 14th election.

The goal has been to get more people to a ballot box, but has it been working?

Elections BC doesn’t have any numbers yet, but most people News1130 chatted with on the streets of Vancouver say it hasn’t got them to a polling station.

“I’m just busy. It’s a work day so I’ll vote when I have to.” says one woman. She wasn’t the only person who said time was an issue. “I don’t really have time in advance, so I’ve already sort of set aside time for the actual day,” added another man.

Advance voting stations are now open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until May 11th, so it may prompt them to do so. “I am one of those eager beavers I guess, I like to get things out of the way with so if it gives me the opportunity… I think my mind is made up,” explains one man.

“I’m sure there are a lot of people who would rather do it in advance instead of waiting until the day of,” adds another.

In 2009, 17 per cent of voters used advance voting.

Voter turnout in 2009 hit a record low at just 50 per cent compared to 2005 when it was at 58 per cent.

Liberal Leader Christy Clark has shrugged off the usual election day photo opportunity and cast her ballot today, the first day of advanced polling.

Clark says it’s a crucial election that will decide the direction of the province for a generation to come.

Voters with appropriate ID can cast ballots at any polling station in the province for their home riding.