May 13, 2013

By AM740 Staff

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Voters are casting ballots today for a federal byelection in Labrador, but a spring snowstorm along the north coast is making it difficult for some people to get to the polls.

Elections Canada says people who can’t get to their home community to vote because of the storm can get transfer certificates and vote in another polling station.

The riding became vacant when Conservative Peter Penashue resigned in March as intergovernmental affairs minister.

Penashue quit after he overspent in the 2011 federal campaign and took illegal election contributions.

He is running against Liberal candidate Yvonne Jones and New Democrat hopeful Harry Borlase.

Penashue defeated former Liberal incumbent Todd Russell in the last election by just 79 votes to win the only Conservative seat in the province.

Voting is expected to end by 7pm eastern time.

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