The Canadian Press
Polls have now closed throughout Atlantic Canada.
And it will be a while before the rest of the country catches up, with the last of the polls closing in B-C at 10 p.m. Eastern Time.
Newfoundland and Labrador is solid red with Liberal candidates winning five of seven ridings and leading in another.
Scott Simms has been elected in Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame and Judy M. Foote has won the riding of Bonavista-Burin-Trinity.
Liberal Ken McDonald, mayor of Conception Bay South, leads the field in Avalon.
The incumbent was Scott Andrews, who left the Liberal caucus in a scandal over allegations of sexual harassment.
Andrews is currently third with New Democrat Jeannie Baldwin second.
If the advance vote is any indication, more Canadians will be voting today than in the federal election four years ago.
About 3.6 million Canadians cast ballots during the four-day advance polling period over the Thanksgiving long weekend _ amounting to an increase of 71 per cent over the 2011 election, when only three days of advance polls were held.
Just 61.4 per cent of eligible electors cast a ballot in 2011, which was up marginally from the 58.8 per cent in 2008.
That was the lowest ever in a federal election.
A high volume of web traffic made the Elections Canada website briefly unavailable early today.
A political expert says British Columbians likely won’t be swayed by knowing election results from elsewhere in Canada before polls close.
David Moscrop of the University of B-C’s political science department says a close race between the three main parties elsewhere in Canada might trigger a higher turnout in B-C, if voters think they could hold the key to the outcome of the election.
But he says if early results show the rest of Canada has picked a winning party, British Columbians heading to the polls late in the day could be dissuaded from voting at all.
Moscrop says a ban against releasing early results would be “silly” in the age of social media.