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Polls open for 2019 N.L. choice



Voting over Newfoundland and Labrador is on its way to voting today to choose the next province's government and decide whether Liberal Leader Dwight Ball will get a second term as Prime Minister.

On the island, the sentences opened at 8 pm on the NT and will be open until 8 pm

In Labrador the sentences opened at 7:30 am on AT and will be open until 7:30 pm.

Those who want to see the unseat Ball include the progressive conservatives of Leader Ches Crosbie, who entered the provincial policy just over a year ago.

The new Democratic Alison coffin, which won its party's leadership uncontested in March, and NL Alliance Leader Graydon Pelley, who formed his party just a month before the election was called, is also voting for his first election.

There are a number of districts where the races will be interesting to watch, including two popular independent – and former liberals – who run as commanders.

Ball confident of campaign

Ball, who cast his vote in his district Humber-Gros Morne on Thursday morning, said he felt good and asked for voter support to continue his work in government

"Everyone recognizes the challenges we have faced, and this campaign has been about a lot of it," he said.

"But [Newfoundland and Labrador] is a better place today, it is a better province today with a brighter future due to what we have done over the past 3½ years. "

Liberal leader Dwight Ball casts his voice on Deer Lake on Thursday. (CBC)

Ball said that the province's political landscape has changed over the 3½ years, and was pleased with how the Liberals ran their campaign.

"However, in this case, it's probably been part of the dirtiest policy I've ever seen," he said.

"We have run a good and clean campaign with a good, experienced team. People have choices today."

Ball said he will spend the rest of the day in his district before visiting Liberal candidates in Corner Brook.

Crosbie lives as a leader even if the computers lose

Crosbie said he was happy with his party's campaign after throwing his vote in the morning and was angry when asked if he would continue to be a leader even though the party failed to form the government.

"Absolutely," he told reporters. "This is not a short-term game. I promised to build the party and bring the party to power. That's what I'm going to do."

PC Leader Ches Crosbie talks to reporters after voting. (Mark Quinn / CBC)

The PC leader said he will spend the rest of the day making some phone calls and visiting the campaign headquarters and having two preparations prepared – just in case.

Kista and Pelley both voted in advanced polls last week.

Helen Walsh cast a vote at St. Pius X Parish in St. John's. (Lukas Wall / CBC)

When the polls were opened, a number of voters at St. Pius X Parish in St. John's East Quidi Vidi.

Helen Walsh said it was difficult to choose a candidate.

"They're all very similar to me, and you don't know who to believe," she said.

"[I’m] kind of saying eny, meeny, miny, moe. "

Kelly Davis says the provincial election was called too fast. (Lukas Wall / CBC)

Kelly Davis voted in the Mount Scio district. She said she was not "impressed" with Ball's election meeting in mid-April and felt it was unfair for both voters and candidates.

"It just feels kind of to me, to be honest. I'm usually very optimistic and I'm a concerned citizen. This time, I'm just apathetic and uninformed about the election," she said.

"I feel a little duped, you know? I just feel it was running out [on voters]. "

Davis said the election came so fast that she couldn't get to know the candidates or study the platforms.

"I feel like I'm kind of going in and voting pretty blindly."

In Corner Brook, Pansy Caines said she just voted in principle – not because any party campaign was arrested her interest.

"I saw no one, no one came to the door. I had a small poster in my mailbox," she said. "[But] You have no right to speak unless you have a vote. "

Karen Best casts a vote for change on Thursday in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. (Jacob Barker / CBC)

In Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Karen Best marked her voice with the intention of moving the status quo.

She said that violence against women and domestic land issues was her two main priorities, and she did not feel that the previous liberal government had done enough to correct them.

"We have a great need for change," she said. "Absolutely."

A great feeling

Odily Onyia became a Canadian citizen last year and said it was great to cast her vote in Canada for the first time.

Onyia said that voting is very different in this province than where he grew up in Nigeria, and he is happy to know that his vote will make a difference.

"It seemed [a] voice is not counted because of much corruption. Sometimes people lose their lives in election boats or go to vote and come home [after going] Through hospitals, it's pretty dissatisfactory, "he said.

"But look at this, no police, no military, no one hangs."

Onyia encouraged people in Newfoundland and Labrador to also vote their voice and say that it is a difference.

Back in the election in November 2015, the total number of votes elected was 200.834 with a vote of 55.3 percent.

Val Newfoundland and Labrador opened polling stations at 8 AM NT, giving people 12 hours to mark their polls.

CBC Newfoundland and Labrador will have live coverage on all platforms tonight.

Here now starts at 6 pm on TV, on CBCNews.ca and YouTube, and continues in the evening with extended, live selection coverage. The choice special will also be on the radio.

Online streaming on Facebook starts at 7 pm.

Read more articles from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador


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