December 14th, 2017

Advance polls for election will begin Oct. 7

By Gillian Slade on September 29, 2017.

City clerk Angela Cruickshank demonstrates an "Express Vote" machine available at the advance polls to address specific requirements for those with a disability.--FILE PHOTO

Medicine Hat News

Voting in the municipal election starts next week at advance polls.

Election day is on Oct. 16 with voting from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Locations are still to be announced. From Saturday, Oct. 7 you can vote in advance polls: At city hall on Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 10-11 from 2-8 p.m., and Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is also an advance poll at Medicine Hat College on Oct. 13 from 2-8 p.m.

The advance poll for Redcliff is on Oct. 4 from noon to 8 p.m. in the Redcliff Library.

Special “Express Vote” machines are being made available at the advance polls to address specific requirements for those with a disability, said city clerk Angela Cruickshank, returning officer in the municipal election.

There are a couple of options to refine the display on the monitor of the machines but there are also headphones providing audio to prompt you through the process. Those familiar with Braille have the option of using an accompanying “Braille reader” to respond to the voice prompts.

You must 18 years old or older to vote and have lived here at least six months. You will be asked to provide photo identification and proof of address. A drivers licence is ideal but if you have photo identification and a utility bill, government correspondence or bank statement showing your address that is also acceptable, said Cruickshank.

A mail-in ballot is also an option, as is voting from home, thanks to an election day roving team. For these options you need to make a request in advance, said Cruickshank.

Special ballots are only available to electors who cannot attend an advance poll or on election day. They will be asked to identify their inability to vote due to a physical incapacity, absence from the local jurisdiction or being involved in the election or a campaign. If that is you, contact the election co-ordinator 403-529-8382.

There are four candidates for mayor and 19 for council. You can access election information and profiles of the candidates online: http://medicinehatnews.com/election-2017/2017/09/28/link-to-candidate-profiles/

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