09/22/2014 06:00 EDT | Updated 11/22/2014 05:59 EST

New Brunswick election: Polls close soon across the province

The polls will be closing in one hour across New Brunswick in the race to form the province's next government.

Elections polls will close at 8 p.m. AT. It is expected that Elections New Brunswick will release the results of the 69,529 advance ballots, roughly 31,000 special ballots and 2,833 campus ballots shortly after.

The elections authority is using 713 vote tabulation machines in tonight’s election, which are expected to speed up the process of counting the ballots.

This is the first provincial election to use the vote tabulators.

Elections New Brunswick said that as of 2 p.m., its unofficial tally of people who voted on Monday was 92,288. When all those votes from Monday and the early votes are combined, roughly 195,640 of the 571,050 eligible voters in New Brunswick had cast their ballot by that point.

This is also the first campaign with a new riding map. There are only 49 ridings up for grabs, compared to 55 in previous elections.

Progressive Conservative Leader David Alward is trying to win another mandate.

Liberal Leader Brian Gallant, NDP Leader Dominic Cardy, Green Leader David Coon and People’s Alliance Leader Kris Austin are all trying to deny the Tories a second term.

When the legislature dissolved prior to the election, the Progressive Conservatives had 41 seats, the Liberals had 13 and there was one Independent.