Elections P.E.I. reports 'busy' turnout at first advance poll of provincial election

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CHARLOTTETOWN — Prince Edward Island's election agency is describing turnout for the first advance poll as "busy," after over 13,000 people cast ballots on Saturday.

Elections P.E.I. says that's about 13 per cent of the electorate of 105,000 people eligible to vote in the provincial election on April 3.

The polls were open for about 10 hours on Saturday, and turnouts varied widely by district.

In Stratford-Keppoch, held by Progressive Conservative James Aylward, about 17 per cent of the eligible electorate turned out, while just seven per cent of eligible voters cast ballots in the riding of Belfast-Murray River, held by Darlene Compton of the Progressive Conservatives.

There are two more advance polling days, with one set for Monday and another this Friday.

At dissolution, the Progressive Conservatives held 15 seats, the Green Party held eight seats and the Liberals four.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 26, 2023.

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