Letter: Early voting waits bring frustrations

Lengthy waits to cast weekend ballots are not acceptable

My wife and I went to vote the first early voting day at Glenlyon School. The line-up outside the building was heavy and not moving. I took a look inside the hall and there were many more people inside and nobody was moving.

The person who seemed to be in charge came out and apologized as they only had one ballot box but a second was on its way. We waited about 20 minutes with no movement in the line and we left. I went back the next day and arrived before the poll had opened. I again saw there was no second ballot box and asked the person to whom I had spoken the previous day where the second ballot box was. I was told that in early voting they are allowed only one box which was repeated by another staff member. These long lines and frustrations made the TV news and video of polling stations in other areas showed more than one ballot box. Why the duff information?

When the polls opened at noon I was number eight in line and it was so slow I finally left the polling station some 25 minutes after the polls opened. This is not acceptable. I can appreciate we must vote but frustrations such as this also make us want to ignore voting.

David Sellers

Oak Bay

 

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