It’s election day in New Brunswick, and droves of voters are heading to the polls to choose the next governing party.
Elections New Brunswick is hoping for a better voter turnout after the historic low of 64.7 per cent in 2014. An increase in advance voting this year could be a positive sign — more than 87,000 ballots were cast compared to 67,317 last election.
Polls in the 49 ridings closed at 8 p.m.
The Brian Gallant Liberals are aiming to be the first government to receive a second term since the Bernard Lord Tories in 2003. The party lost its slim majority — 25 seats is the minimum needed for a majority — in the months leading up to the election campaign.
When the legislature dissolved, there were 24 Liberals, 21 Progressive Conservatives, one Green, one independent and two vacancies.