Keep calm and vote on

The Drumheller Mail - - WORKS! - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

There has been some con­fu­sion about voter reg­is­tra­tion lead­ing up to the Al­berta pro­vin­cial elec­tion.

Since the elec­tion was called, there have been so­cial me­dia posts re­gard­ing voter pre­reg­is­tra­tion. A post cir­cu­lated stat­ing pre­reg­is­tra­tion was re­quired. This was com­pounded by a glitch in the Elec­tions Al­berta web­site that caused con­cerns. Drumheller-Stet­tler Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer Jan­ice Hoover says res­i­dents do not have to pre­reg­is­ter and chances are most vot­ers are al­ready on the list.

“If peo­ple were enu­mer­ated, they are on the list for sure. If they voted be­fore, there is a very good chance they are on the list,” she said. “So really you should be con­cerned about reg­is­ter­ing if you weren’t enu­mer­ated or you have never voted be­fore.”

She says res­i­dents can call to see if they are reg­is­tered. Res­i­dents can also go to www. elec­ to regis­ter or to check if they are reg­is­tered.

“I don’t hon­estly know how (the on­line tool) is work­ing to­day, they were get­ting so many en­quires ear­lier this week they weren’t able to keep up,” she said Fri­day. March 29. “There is a lot of in­ter­est be­cause of all the mes­sag­ing that has gone out on Face­book has caused some con­cern for elec­tors.”

Vot­ers are also able to regis­ter at the polling sta­tion at ad­vanced polls or on the day of the elec­tion. Vot­ers are re­quired to have one piece of gov­ern­ment-is­sued iden­ti­fi­ca­tion such as a driv­ers li­cense with your cur­rent ad­dress. If you do not have gov­ern­ment iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, you will need two pieces of au­tho­rized iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. Both must have your name and one must have your cur­rent phys­i­cal ad­dress. A full list of ac­cepted iden­ti­fi­ca­tion is avail­able at elec­tions.

“Our re­spon­si­bil­ity is to give peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to vote and we are cer­tainly work­ing to­wards that,” said Hoover. “This year Elec­tions Al­berta has really tried to make it eas­ier be­cause there is an ex­tra day of the ad­vanced poll, and we are go­ing to be us­ing tech­nol­ogy at those ad­vanced polls, so we are really op­ti­mistic it is go­ing to make it eas­ier for peo­ple.”

Call 587-207-5127 to reach the Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer’s of­fice.

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