I voted in the advanced polls this past Easter weekend, as I will be in Toronto on the day of our upcoming general election. The polls were open Friday, Saturday and Monday from noon to 8 p.m. at a church a few blocks from my home. With convenient dates and times publicized by mailout card, newspaper advertisement and website postings, good access by foot, public transit or car, what could be easier?
As I waited in line to be validated and to receive my ballot, I overheard a conversation among several women waiting for a yoga class that was held in the same church. They were talking about whether they were going to vote. Quickly, the conclusion was that they were not going to bother, as they had left their purses with personal identification locked in their cars, and why bother, after all, Calgary was a Conservative lock.