Ad­vance polls for elec­tion will be­gin 0ct. 7

Medicine Hat News - - HOMETOWN 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 403-5298382. There are four can­di­dates for mayor and 19 for coun­cil. You can ac­cess elec­tion in­for­ma­tion and pro­files of the can­di­dates on­line: http://medicine­hat­ elec­tion2017/2017/09/28/link-to-can­di­date-pro­files/


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

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