Islanders will gather at viewing parties to watch P.E.I.'s municipal elections Nov. 5
People gathering at election results viewing parties in Charlottetown, Cornwall and Stratford to watch The Guardian’s Decision ’18 Election Night Live!
Once the voting is done on Monday, the watching begins.
Some will nervously await the results from the comfort of their own homes.
However, for those who want to celebrate or commiserate with their fellow voters as the municipal election results come in from Elections P.E.I., viewing parties have been organized in Charlottetown, Cornwall and Stratford.
Polls close at 7 p.m., which is also when the first-ever televised municipal election results show on P.E.I. kicks off as The Guardian’s Decision ‘18 Election Night Live! begins broadcasting on Eastlink Community TV.
The Young Voters of P.E.I. is hosting another one of its Election Results on Tap events at the Charlottetown Firefighter’s Club, located at the Charlottetown Fire Department (use back entrance) on Kent Street. It begins at 6:30 p.m. and features Upstreet Craft Brewing and food by Sneaky Cheats Pop Up.
Jesse Hitchcock, co-founder of the Young Voters of P.E.I., helped organize Monday’s event with Jeremy MacFadyen, general manager of Lobster on the Wharf.
“It will be about building conversations and communication and dialogue,’’ Hitchcock said. “You can watch it at home, but sometimes it’s fun to be around people and hear what other people think of the results as they’re coming in and who people voted for and why.’’
It’s also a great alternative for those who do not have access to Eastlink Community TV.
Fadi Rashed, who owns Sam’s Restaurant in Cornwall, is also hosting a viewing party. In Stratford, residents can follow along at the Stratford Town Hall.
Rashed said this will be the second municipal election he’s held a viewing party at his restaurant.
“People want to get out and get social,’’ Rashed said. “People can get together and watch the election together and see the results come in and, if people want to do it in a public space, I’m offering my place.’’
Rashed said he checked with the Town of Cornwall first to make sure it wasn’t hosting its own viewing party. When he was informed it wasn’t, he proceeded with his own plans.
Stratford Mayor David Dunphy is encouraging all residents to attend the town’s community gathering.
“I would especially urge our young people to attend to see some behind the scenes action of a municipal election,’’ Dunphy said. “This event will be an excellent opportunity to meet with our municipal candidates and speak directly with them and other residents about the election and the future vision of Stratford.’’
At a glance
Jesse Hitchcock and Sarah Bulman launched Young Voters of P.E.I. in 2015 to get more young people participating in politics through information, changing the dialogue and around how young people might think of politics. Politicians have reached out to the group in an attempt to connect with young voters.
This will be the group’s fourth Election Results on Tap, following the provincial and federal elections in 2015 and the previous U.S. presidential election.
Young Voters has done more than viewing parties. It has also held debates, mixers and Q&As.