Advanced polls will start to pop up around the region prior to the Municipal Election Day. If you can’t make it to vote on October 16th, there will be opportunities to in the City of Grande Prairie, the County of Grande Prairie, and the MD of Greenview.
In order to mark a ballot, voters will need a valid ID with a photo, full name, and current address included on it. If that isn’t available, they can use a document such as a credit card statement or pay-stub that shows their address and name together. You must also be a Canadian Citizen, at least 18 years of age, and have lived in the province for at least six months.
The City advanced polls are open at City Hall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on October 6th and 7th, and then again on the 13th and 14th. City Legislative Manager and Returning Officer for the Election Terri Williams explains that although city advanced polls are held at City Hall, there is designated polling stations for the different areas of the city on Election Day.
“They will be asked when they go into a station if they live within the district. If they do, they will be permitted to vote there,” said Williams. “Let’s say they go into Mission Heights into the St. Charles School and want to vote there, but they live in Crystal Park, they would have to go to vote in Crystal Park.”
An interactive map has been added to the city’s website to direct people to the right place to mark their ballot. Williams explains that if a voter has trouble navigating that map, they can contact the Citizen Contact Centre at City Hall at 780-538-0300.
The County has also added an interactive map to their website to help people locate their correct ballot boxes. County Communications Manager Lesley Nielsen-Bjerke says this map will help people find their voting booth for October 7th and the 14th, as well as on Election Day.
“Voting is the best way to make sure your voice is heard and to ensure your opinions reflect on the direction the County is going.”
For all divisions, an advanced polling station will be set up at the Public Works Building in Clairmont. For Division no. 2 and 9, the Sexsmith Civic Centre will be the host of the polls. Saskatoon Lake Community Hall will be where residents of Division no. 3 and 4 will vote. Albright Community Hall will be the voting station for Division no. 5, 6 and 7. Division no. 1 and 8 have been acclaimed by Harold Bulford and Karen Rosvold, respectively.
There will be a few hours set aside on October 10th for voters in the MD of Greenview to get a jumpstart on the election. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., people can vote early and a list of voter booths can be found on the municipality’s website.
For the last Municipal Election in 2013, 21 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the city, 25 percent in the County, and 30 percent in the MD of Greenview.