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MARYSTOWN – Residents of the Burin Peninsula will go to the polls today to have their say in who will guide their towns for the next four years. Residents are sure to have their eyes on the race for mayor in the Town of Marystown, with Lisa Slaney and Sam Synard both vying for the mayor’s chair.  

Doreen Stevens gets ready to vote with assistance from returning officer Darlene Melish on P.E.I. Election Day, May 4, 2015.

No one will be able to blame P.E.I.’s provincial candidates if they’re caught fanning themselves while waiting for today’s election results to pour in.

It may not be just a nervous sweat, as Environment Canada has a sunny forecast with a high of 15 C when Islanders cast their final ballots to decide who will govern P.E.I. for the next four years.

It means that the final and deciding day of the 2015 provincial election will also be the hottest, literally and figuratively, for candidates and their campaigns.

Polls will open at 9 a.m. across the province and will close at 7 p.m.

Close to 26,000 Islanders, or 30 per cent of P.E.I.’s 94,678 confirmed voters, participated in the three advance polls leading to the provincial election.

During an interview with The Guardian, P.E.I. chief electoral officer Gary MacLeod said he hoped the advance poll participation will translate into a high voter turnout on Monday’s official election day.

“The turnout has been higher than what we had expected,” said MacLeod.

“It’s good to see the numbers up. We’ll see what happens on election day (today), but it’s promising that the numbers are high.”

It’s also a hope that voter turnout will exceed the last provincial election in 2011, which at 76.4 per cent was the lowest since at least 1966.

The only time since then where P.E.I., which has a very high voter turnout, has seen

participation drop below 80 per cent was in 1982 (at 78.2 per cent).

MacLeod said Elections P.E.I. will compile demographic data from voters at each individual poll this year in an attempt to make targeted improvements on voter turnout.

A list of polling locations can be found online at www.electionspei.ca.

In an effort to ensure everybody has access to The Guardian’s extensive election night coverage, the meter, which limits access to a certain number of stories and photos if you are not a subscriber, is being removed tonight. That means everybody will have full, unlimited access to The Guardian’s website.

Beginning at 7 p.m., The Guardian will have live, up-to-the-minute election night results. Results will include provincial summaries, as well as breakdowns by district and by poll. The Guardian's team of reporters, editors, photographers and video journalists will have the latest election coverage updated throughout the evening.

In addition to regular updates at www.theguardian.pe.ca, The Guardian will be providing updates at Twitter.com/PEIGuardian and at Facebook.com/PEIGuardian.

The meter will also be removed on Tuesday to allow unlimited access to our coverage, which will also be published in Tuesday’s print and e-editions.

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