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The Evolution of the Duties to be Fulfilled by Poll Staff with Regards to Registration and Voting on Polling Day and Advance Polling Days, 1920 to 2012

APPENDIX 4: Voting hours for ordinary and
advance polling stations, 1920 to 2012

Year Ordinary Advance Section
of the Act
Section
RSC 1985
Number of Hours
Ordinary
Number of Hours
Advance
1920 Urban: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Rural: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
3 days (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) immediately preceding polling day

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
55(6)

100(7)
  U: 12

R: 10

9

(3 x 3)
1921 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 3 days (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) immediately preceding polling day

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
55(6)

100(7)
  10 9

(3 x 3)
1934 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 3 days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) immediately preceding polling day

Thursday and Friday 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
32(5)

94(9)
  10 14

(3+3+6)
1938 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 3 days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) immediately preceding polling day

2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on each day
31(5)

94(9)
  10 24

(3 x 8)
1960 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 2 days (Saturday and Monday) one week before polling day

8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on each day
31(5)

92(7)
  11 24

(2 x 12)
1970 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 2 days (Saturday and Monday) one week before polling day

8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on each day
33(5)

92(2)
  11 24

(2 x 12)
1977 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 3 days (Saturday, Monday and Tuesday) one week before polling day 12:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m. on each day
33(5)

92(2)
105(5)

281(2)
11 24

(3 x 8)
1996 Variable among
time zones
3 days (Friday, Saturday and Monday) one week before polling day
12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on each day
105(5)

281(2)
  12 24

(3 x 8)
2000 Variable among
time zones
3 days (Friday, Saturday and Monday) one week before polling day

12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on each day
128(1)

171(2)
  12 24

(3 x 8)