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Civic election polls open

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – You’ve heard from all the candidates about the issues, now it’s time to vote for your mayor, councillors, park board commissioners, and school board trustees.

You are being asked to bring your voter card, along with a signed piece of ID or something like a utility bill or bank statement with your current address.

You’ll also probably want to give yourself a good size window to get your voting done, since chief election officer Carol Friesen says there may not be too many lulls.

“Well if our advance voting is any indication, we didn’t have any quiet time. It was busy right throughout the day. It seemed to be later on in the evening, after 6 o clock [that] it quieted down quite a bit.”

Friesen says if people have difficulties, either with language or with physical mobility, help will be available. “We have assistance system declarations forms that need to be completed if someone doesn’t speak the language or if someone is unable to mark their ballot they can bring a person along with them or you can have the presiding election official at the voting place.”

She adds if you are in a hurry, the crowds tend to be thinnest nearer to closing time at 8:00 p.m. tonight.