Ad­vance polls set for Oc­to­ber elec­tion

North Bay Nugget - - FRONT PAGE - Gord Young

North Bay res­i­dents who have set­tled on who they will vote for in the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion will be able to cast bal­lots start­ing early next month.

Ad­vance polls will op­er­ate be­tween Oct. 3 and Oct. 12, mak­ing vot­ing ac­ces­si­ble to those who may not be able to get out on elec­tion day and al­low­ing oth­ers the chance to beat the rush.

City clerk Karen Mcisaac says six ad­vance polls will be held next month, start­ing Oct. 3 and run­ning for four con­sec­u­tive days un­til Oct. 6. Ad­vance polls will then op­er­ate for an­other three con­sec­u­tive days, start­ing Oct. 10 and wrap­ping up Oct. 12.

Lo­ca­tions in­clude Me­mo­rial Gardens, Cas­tle Arms II at 480 Olive Street, PHARA at 280 Oak­wood Av­enue and Place Riche­lieu at 340 Lakeshore Drive. The ad­vance polls will op­er­ate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., ex­cept on Oct. 4, when vot­ing will take place be­tween noon and 7 p.m.

Mcisaac says it’s a good idea for res­i­dents to check to en­sure they’re on the vot­ers list. That can be done by call­ing the clerk’s of­fice 474-0626, ext. 2522.

She says res­i­dents will also get a good in­di­ca­tion as to whether they’re on the list when voter in­for­ma­tion cards go out, likely dur­ing the week of Sept. 17.

Vot­ing Day is Oct. 22. North Bay res­i­dents this time around will de­cide on one mayor from among four hope­fuls and 10 coun­cil­lors from among 26 can­di­dates.

Mcisaac says res­i­dents who are un­sure of their polling sta­tion can visit the elec­tion 2018 sec­tion at the city’s web­site – www.city­ofnorth­bay.ca – in or­der to find the lo­ca­tion.

She says the city has hired about 100 peo­ple to work the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion, not­ing train­ing is set to start next week. In ad­di­tion, Mcisaac says 24 city work­ers will be serv­ing as tab­u­la­tors on Vot­ing Day, while six oth­ers will work as run­ners.

There will be ad­vance vot­ing on the fol­low­ing dates:

Wed., Oct. 3: Me­mo­rial Gardens - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thurs. Oct. 4: Me­mo­rial Gardens - noon to 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 5: Me­mo­rial Gardens -10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 6: Me­mo­rial Gardens 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 10: Cas­tle Arms II, 480 Olive Street -10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thurs., Oct.11: PHARA, 280 Oak­wood Av­enue –10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 12: Place Riche­lieu, 340 Lakeshore Drive– 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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