The Roberts family opted to cast their ballots together at the Langley City polling station. L to R, David, Crystal, Johl and Kaitlynn. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Voting is a family affair for the Roberts

Langley City parents cast ballots with their children

For the Roberts family of Langley City, voting is a responsibility they take seriously, and something they can all do together now that their children are old enough.

Father David, mother Crystal, son Johl and daughter Kaitlynn all went to the Langley City polling station to vote Saturday afternoon.

“We talk about it at home,” David said.

“You can’t bitch or complain if you don’t vote. We (also) drag them out to the provincial elections.”

As he spoke, his kids nodded agreement.

“It really doesn’t take that much time out of your day,” Kaitlynn said.

“Then you get to have a say.”

The parking lot was full to capacity by mid-afternoon, with more people arriving every few minutes.

Inside, there were lineup to vote, and the Chief election officer was reporting turnout had very nearly equalled the total results from the 2014 election, when 4,187 voted.

By about 4:30 p.m. the total number of visitors, both from the advance polls and Saturday was well past 3,000 and heading for 4,000, a fact that suggested there is increased interest in this election.

At the Township, by 5 p.m. the numbers, including advance ballots, had reached 21,520 and the Chief Election Officer said the final total could be several thousand higher than last election when 22,654 voted.

READ MORE: Langley Times municipal election coverage

The advance turnout for both the City and the Township was up from the last election.

There were 4,566 ballots cast in advance of today’s vote, Township Chief Election officer Bob Wilson said, which was more than the 4,000 he had been projecting, based on the good weather and increased number of advance voting opportunities this year.

Advance turnout was also up substantially in the City, thanks to a surge on the final day, City Election Officer Kelly Kenney said.

It brought the total to 1,368, well above the 789 recorded in the 2014 advance poll, Kenney said.



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