Gregor Robertson casts ballot at Emily Carr Elementary School

It was a family event: the kids are old enough to vote now too.

Robertson and his family arrive at polling station.

Mayor Gregor Roberston got his voting done early today. And he made it a family affair.

Robertson cast his ballot at Emily Carr Elementary School on Oak Street, along with his wife, Amy, and their two voting-age children. 

"We worked really hard to get out, are hoping for a great turnout and are hoping for a lot of support at the polls," Robertson said. 

"I came with two of my children," he said, referring to his son and daughter. "It's their first time voting in a civic election, because they were too young the last time around." 

Robertson said that he had "no regrets" about his campaign. When a reporter asked him if the Occupy Vancouver movement has had an impact on his chances of being re-elected, he responded:

"I don't think so. People care about the big issues here in Vancouver."

As Robertson walked inside the school gymnasium, some voters seemed caught off guard to see reporters and television cameras follow behind him. 

One, who identified himself as Huang, a voter in his mid-50s, said he didn't approve of the current council and was eager to see more fiscal responsibility.
"Vision spends too much money we can't use," he said, saying that the current mayor was too focused on building "bike lanes and chicken coops."
Veronica and Ronae Heidar, meanwhile, said they thought the city was on the right track, but that security and drug problems needed to be solved.
 
"I love Vancouver. It's the most beautiful city in the world, but you get so much ... bad things happening, with the drugs and everything," said Veronica, adding that she was disturbed by the rise of gun violence in the city.
"The drugs -- that's a tough one, because you have to get to the root cause, right?" said Ronae. "It's not just about working on symptoms, like poverty. That's what all these demonstrations are about. People are becoming much more conscious of all that." 

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