June 24, 1938 (18th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

John James Kinley

Liberal

Mr. KINLEY:

Subsection 5 states:
In the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, the poll shall be opened at nine o'clock in the forenoon, and kept open until seven o'clock in the afternoon.
I do not like that. I think we should be able to hold an election during the daytime. In the rural districts there are no lighting facilities in the schoolhouses and many other places where the polls are held; lights must be brought in, creating fire hazards, and that is not good. The electors have a habit of collecting around the polls, feeling that the day's work is over; excitement begins to mount, and it is just as *well to have the ballots counted and the decision announced as soon as possible after six o'clock. I do not like this provision; as far as Nova Scotia is concerned, the old act was very good. I
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believe we should open the polls at eight o'clock and close them at six o'clock in the afternoon.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   ELECTIONS AND FRANCHISE
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