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Strong voter turnout expected in Prince Edward Island provincial election

Last Updated Apr 23, 2019 at 8:26 am PDT

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CHARLOTTETOWN – It’s election day in Prince Edward Island and voter turnout is expected to be strong.

More than 36 per cent of eligible voters have already cast their ballots in the advance polls, in a province that traditionally sees voter turnout at more than 80 per cent.

Under rainy, grey skies, Green Leader Peter Bevan-Baker and his wife voted this morning at the Bonshaw community centre in his riding in central P.E.I.

The Greens are hoping to turn strong support in opinion polls into victories and build on the two seats they held prior to the campaign.

The Liberals have governed the Island since 2007, including the last four years under Premier Wade MacLauchlan, who is hoping to continue efforts to bolster the province’s economy.

Dennis King has only been leader of the Progressive Conservatives since February, but says he is focused on adding to the eight seats his party held.

Joe Byrne, who has led the New Democrats for the past year, is looking for his party’s first win in more than 20 years.

The polls close at 7 p.m. local time.

The Canadian Press