West Shore voters run to the polls in the final minutes

Approximately 4,500 votes cast in Colwood

Anticipation was building, while the West Shore waited for election night results.

During the day there a steady of stream of voters at Colwood City Hall. In fact, there was so many a second ballot box was required.

Deputy chief election officer Pat Crozier estimated approximately 3,000 votes were cast Saturday by roughly 7 p.m., adding to the nearly 1,500 advance votes.

“The whole day has been extremely busy,” Crozier said from Colwood City Hall. “We’re excited to see what the actual total is going to be.”

Polls closed at 8 p.m. Saturday during the final day of voting in the 2018 municipal election and Crozier said it went smoothly despite a larger turnout. “It’s much bigger but it’s gone very well.” This is her 10th and final election helping out in Colwood.

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First-time voter Nick Alcadinho said he cast his vote because “I think it’s important for everyone of all ages to be voting and just stay involved in the community.”

Over in the City of Langford, more than 2,600 people had been through the doors at the polling station at Ruth King Elementary School by 7:40 p.m.

“It was easier than I thought,” said Zak Papas, 21. “I looked at the newspaper and chose based on what made sense to me.”

Also voting for the first time in a municipal election, Emma Horgan, 22, said she judged candidates on their grammar and spelling.

But what really impressed Megan Evans, who was born and raised in Langford, was how positive all candidates kept the race with no smear campaigns. “Everyone stayed in their own lane,” she added.

As the clock was about to strike 8 p.m., voters were literally running to the doors to cast their votes.

-With files from Spencer Pickles and Katherine Engqvist


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