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OTTAWA – Canada’s first-ever pandemic election culminates today as Canadians from coast to coast to coast go to the polls to choose the 338 MPs who will sit in the House of Commons.

According to Elections Canada, nearly 6.8 million people voted early, most in advance polls more than a week ago, and the rest by special ballots dropped by mail or at polling stations. Elections Canada.

But a majority of the more than 30 million eligible voters in Canada will mark their ballot today.

Elections Canada encourages voters to wear masks, but only requires them in places where they are mandated by provincial rules. Proof of vaccination regulations do not apply to polling stations in provinces where they currently exist.

Polling stations are open for 12 hours, but hours of operation vary by region, starting as early as 7 a.m. PST in British Columbia and until 9:30 a.m. EDT in Ontario and most parts of Quebec.

Most of the constituency winners will be known by the end of the evening, but Elections Canada also warns that it could take up to four days to complete the counting of all special ballots, which means some races tight may not have official winners for several days.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 20, 2021.

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