Long lines and two-hour waits for advance voting on campus

Rabbia Ashraf, vice president internal for CESAR, discusses long lineups at the Elections Canada advanced poll in the Campus Student Centre.

Rabbia Ashraf, vice president internal for CESAR, discusses long lineups at the Elections Canada advance poll in the Campus Student Centre on Oct. 8, 2015. (RyersonianTV)

By Kira Wakeam and Leah Lalich

High voter turnout at advance polls in the Student Campus Centre caused long lines and wait times as long as two hours.

Polls opened Monday, when 241 people showed up in one day.

Throughout the week many students lined up for hours to take the chance to vote at the advanced poll, which closed Thursday at 6 p.m.

“[Wednesday] we were told that our station has the highest voter station turnout out of all the Toronto universities” said Cormac McGee, RSU vice president education. “They each have two, three polls, we only have one and we are killing them in turnout.”

According to McGee, Elections Canada staff said some of the enthusiasm might have been thanks to the free pie doled out for students voting at the station.

The Ryerson Students’ Union and the Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR) collaborated with Elections Canada and the Canadian Federation of Students to create the first ever voting station on campus.

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