Election 2014: Final chance to beat rush to the polls

Advance voting is available again on Wednesday, mostly at municipal halls

Tomorrow (Nov. 12) is the second and last opportunity for voters to beat the crowds and cast their ballots early in the 2014 municipal elections.

Advance voting stations are at the municipal halls for Langford, Colwood, Metchosin and View Royal. Highlands has its advance station at the community hall. The stations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The first advance voting day last Wednesday (Nov. 5) saw less than a thousand people cast their ballots throughout the West Shore.

Langford, Metchosin and View Royal all had similar turnout, with 134, 114 and approximately 150 voters, respectively.

Colwood had the highest response just by sheer numbers with roughly 200 residents heading to the first polls, and Highlands turned out 70 early birds.

Getting out to the advance polls can be a good way to beat the crowd and can offer a less stressful experience for those who may have mobility issues and need a bit more time.

“We encourage people with mobility issues to come out to the advance polls, because it’s a shorter distance across the parking lot (than the general election locations),” said Sarah Jones, corporate officer for the Town of View Royal.

General voting day is this Saturday (Nov. 15). It gets underway at 8 a.m. and runs until the polls close at 8 p.m. at the following locations:

Langford: Ruth King elementary, 2764 Jacklin Rd.; Millstream elementary, 626 Hoylake Rd.

Colwood: Municipal Hall, 3300 Wishart Rd.

Metchosin: Metchosin Community Hall, 4401 William Head Rd.

View Royal: View Royal elementary, 218 Helmcken Rd.; Eagle View elementary, 97 Talcott Rd.

Highlands: Highlands Community Hall, 729 Finlayson Arm Rd.

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