Voters frustrated by long lines, wait times at Waterloo Region advance polling stations


On Friday, the first of four days of advance voting, there were long lines at multiple advance polling locations in Waterloo Region. “It was a long wait but it was worth the wait,” said 18-year-old Angela Nijp, who voted for the first time on Friday morning. Angela and her mother, Stacey, had to wait nearly two hours at the Breithaupt Community Centre to cast their ballots in the Kitchener Centre riding. “With all the COVID restrictions, I thought the advance polls would be a great idea,” Stacey said. “The lineup snaked all along the outside walls of the gymnasium and the hold up was that, unfortunately, there was one polling station.” The pair weren’t the only voters at the station lamenting the long wait times. “I thought I would use up my lunch hour and I ended up waiting two hours and twenty minutes to vote,” said Michael Chatel. Elections Canada spokesperson Rejean Grenier says delays were expected, adding that’s why advance polls are open for four days. “They can spread the line, if I may call it like that, until Monday night at nine o’clock,” he said.

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