Friday, June 12, 2009

Tories propose 2 extra advance-poll days for elections

Tories propose 2 extra advance-poll days for elections:

The federal government is proposing two extra advanced-voting days ahead of federal elections to boost voter turnout after almost 10 million eligible voters opted not to cast ballots in the last Canada-wide vote.

The expanded opportunities voting bill, introduced on Friday, calls for advance polls to be open between noon and 8 p.m. on the two Sundays before Election Day, said Steven Fletcher, minister of state for democratic reform.

The estimated cost of the extra poll days is $30 million, Fletcher told reporters during a press conference outside the House of Commons.

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