The presiding officer at the polling station in Langford checks to make sure voters are registered before they get into the voting area. (Lindsey Horsting/News staff)

What’s important: Issues and reaction from residents during the 2018 municipal election

Polls are open until 8 p.m. Saturday evening

Here is a look at voter reaction around the region and issues that are important to people of each municipality.

Among the issues voters were thinking about before heading to the polls in Oak Bay today were housing, secondary suites and the traffic that accompanies it.

Some people are concerned with how the municipality deals with the deer issue and safety issues in regards to traffic.

Helen Northeast added she wanted to see more women on council.

Langford resident Sean Smith feels voting gives him the opportunity to affect change and that’s why he makes sure he casts his ballot every election.

An issue important to Victoria couple, Steve and Frances Dove, is density and replacing structures torn down with more units.

“I’m ok with increased density, but my concern is increased traffic,” Frances said.

There were continued waits Saturday afternoon at the Margaret Jenkins Elementary polling stations in Victoria, that at times stretched to an hour long. The machines that tabulate the votes appeared to be part of the reason for the holdup as there is only one machine.

The Doves, who waited over an hour to vote, saw the lineup as a positive.

“That tells me that people are engaged in the issues of the city and there are definitely opinions one way or another,” said Steve Doves.

Although bike lanes are not an issue on the ballot, it is still a hot topic for voters at the Victoria polling station.

“We’re in favour of biked paths,” Frances Doves said. “I still believe build it, and they will come.”

Many people Black Press interviewed in Victoria said they had done their research before voting, reading up on issues important to each official.

At Campus View Elementary, Saanich voters had some concerns. One man asked himself aloud if he needed to make selections for all available electoral positions.

Another woman was concerned about the listing of the electoral slate for various candidates on the ballot.

A 95-year-old woman said she’s not as vocal as she once was about issues, but she still feels it’s important to get out and vote.


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Polling stations will be open until 8 p.m. on Saturday (Lindsey Horsting/News staff)

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