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Massive turnout for first day of advanced polls

Advance polling stations opened up across the province yesterday for the provincial election and will run through to April 13.
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Advance polls have opened up at the Grand Professional Building in Cochrane on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. The polls run from April 9 to 13. The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Advance polling stations opened up across the province yesterday for the provincial election and will run through to April 13.

Cochranites ages 18 and over can cast their advance ballot in the Office of the Returning Officer in the Grand Professional Building at 215B 100 Grand Blvd.

Advance polls are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Advance polling end on Saturday.

Those in Airdrie can vote at the DayBreak Community Church at 2104 Yankee Valley Blvd

Bearspaw residents can go to the Bearspaw Lions Club at 25240 Nagway Road, Calgary.

Of course, voters can cast their vote at any advance polling station in the province.

If you have not pre-registered then you must bring valid identification in order to vote.

The turnout at the Cochrane polls has been strong so far.

Wait times in the voting line were roughly 15 minutes this afternoon.

The line remained consistently busy with more voters lining up to match each finished voter.

At 1:30 p.m. then line was over 40 people long.

Across the province the first day a of advanced polls saw 140,000 people cast a ballot. In 2015, 58,000 voters cast a vote on Day 1 of the advance polls and 235,000 throughout the advance voting period.

Election day is April 16.

Those voting on election day must vote at their designated polling station.

To find your designate polling station and other information, go to elections.ab.ca.