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It's a summer election for Nova Scotians.

The writ has officially dropped and Nova Scotians will be going to the polls on Aug. 17. Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin requested on Saturday for Nova Scotia Lt. Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc to dissolve the legislature and call the 41st general election.

With weeks of government funding announcements, many Nova Scotians were speculating an election was on the horizon. This will be the first time the province sees an election during a state of emergency.

"Voting is an important way for people to help shape the future of their communities," said Premier Rankin in a press release. "I hope Nova Scotians come out to exercise their democratic right and have their voices heard."

The election is to be a minimum of 30 days in length, by law, with voting day held on a Tuesday. 

According to Elections Nova Scotia, registered candidates for Pictou Centre include Pat Dunn, PC, and James McKenna, Liberal. 

Pictou East's registered candidates include Tim Houston, PC, Joseph MacDonald, Liberal, and Joy Polley, NSNDP.

Karla MacFarlane, PC, is currently the only registered candidate on the Elections Nova Scotia website offering in Pictou West.