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Earlier hour doesn't bring rush of voters at polling station

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Earlier hours for polling stations doesn’t necessarily mean a rush of earlier voters, at least not at a station in Burrows in north Winnipeg.

In its first hour of operation, the polling station at Northwood Community Centre at 1415 Burrows Ave. only saw five voters taking advantage of the earlier voting availability. The station is staffed with eight election workers, who outnumbered the voters by three, at least from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.

After 8 a.m., the station was still pretty quiet, with sixth and seventh voters Vic and Linda Monkman emerging from the station around 8:15 a.m.

"We’re up early and we have stuff to do," said Linda. "Otherwise we forget."

"The earlier you come, the better off you are," she said. "You don’t have to wait."

Area resident Judy Harapiak (voter #9) stopped in to vote on her way to work.

"This is the first time I’ve come in this early, but it’s kind of nice to catch it this early on the way to work," she said. "I think people don’t realize it’s open that early."

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