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Feb. 20, 2020 | Thursday
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Letter: Election process at polling station was an impressive, organized effort

Dear editor:

I had the privilege (yes, privilege) to be involved with this year’s federal election.

My curiosity motivated my intentions regarding the electoral process in this country and how it functioned.

We are all too often critical of government services (many times justified), but the experience on Monday was both impressive and gratifying.

Consider the enormous task of pulling off a federal election voting process.

From advance polling to Oct. 21, more than 20,000 staff and volunteers working on behalf of Elections Canada, 18 million votes counted and finalized in one day, even for the best public companies, a logistical giant!

My one-day, 15-hour experience was rewarding in so many ways.

The staff assigned to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre polling station were well-prepared for the day and the leadership team (supervisors) were both well-informed and supportive.

Elections Canada materials were effective and efficient, and provided a road map to ensure a successful and “easy” process for voters.

I was so impressed with the overwhelming enthusiasm of the voters and their appreciation for the efforts to make their experience a very positive one. The reactions were without exception excellent.

Many voters made a point of telling staff how easy and enjoyable the process was. I have no doubt there might have been some issues across the country, but in our town, Election 2019 was a big success, regardless who you voted for.

Congratulations NOTL!

Glenn Young