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Voters' Guide

Municipal elections occur every four years or to fill a vacancy on City Council or on one of the school boards. The next general election will be held in the fall of 2020.

The following information is specific to the 2016 election, but is generally applicable to any election.

Qualification of Voters

You can vote in City of Saskatoon municipal elections if, on the day of the election, you are:

  • a Canadian citizen;
  • at least 18 years old;
  • a resident of the City of Saskatoon for at least three consecutive months immediately preceding the day of the election; and
  • a resident of the Province of Saskatchewan for at least six consecutive months immediately preceding the day of the election.

If you don’t live in Saskatoon but have owned assessable land in Saskatoon for at least three consecutive months immediately preceding the day of the election, you can vote for the Mayor and Ward Councillor.  You are not eligible to vote for the School Boards if you do not live in the city.  You can only vote ONCE in a municipal election in Saskatoon, regardless of how many properties you own.

In order to vote for the Separate School board in Saskatoon, you must be of the religious faith of the minority that established the Separate School Division which means you must be of the Roman Catholic faith. If you are of the Ukrainian or Chaldean Catholic rites, or your faith recognizes the Pope as the leader of your church, you are considered to be a member of the minority Catholic faith, thereby becoming an elector for the Roman Catholic separate school board.

There is no voters list. At your polling station, you are required to provide appropriate identification (see below) and to sign a declaration that you are eligible to vote.

Voter Identification

All voters must provide identification to be eligible to vote. The purpose of the voter identification is to provide proof of identity and to establish residency. Government-issued photo identification is your best option but there are other alternatives available to you.

Option I:

  • One original piece of identification that includes your photo, name and address.
  • The identification must be issued by a federal, provincial, or municipal government, such as a Saskatchewan Driver’s License.

If your identification does not meet these criteria it will not be recognized as an acceptable form of photo identification.

If you do not have a driver’s license, you may obtain photo identification from Saskatchewan Government Insurance at little or no cost.

Option II:

  • Two original pieces of information, both of which must contain your name and at least one that contains your address. Examples of acceptable identification options include a utility bill issued to you within the last six months, and a credit card statement.

Option III:

If you do not possess any form of acceptable identification you may have another voter vouch, or provide assurance of your identity and address, for you. In this case, the following requirements must be met:

  • You must be accompanied by another voter who has acceptable identification
  • The voter who is vouching for you must be entitled to vote in Saskatoon
  • A form to vouch for another voter must be completed. These forms are available at the polling station.
  • Download the Voter ID list below for more information about vouching

Click here to dowload a complete list of acceptable voter ID.

Residency

The residence of a person is the place where that person normally resides.  A person who is temporarily absent from the place where he or she normally resides does not lose his or her residence.  If a person has more than one home in the Province, that person must choose one as his or her residence.

Where do I vote

You must vote in the poll in which you live.

If you reside outside of the City of Saskatoon but are eligible to vote for the municipal election because you own property within the city, you must vote in the poll in which the property is located. Even if you own more than one property in the city, you can only vote once. At your polling station you will be required to sign a declaration that you are eligible to vote.

Voters in Ward 7 please note that the 2016 Public School Board No. 13 election includes Whitecap Dakota First Nation at polling station 706, Circle Drive Alliance Church, 3035 Preston Avenue South (see map, below).

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Advance Polls

Advance Poll voting is available prior to the election as per the schedule below.

Committee Room E, City Hall
 
Saturday, Oct. 15 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 17 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 18 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 19 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 20 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 21 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 

(Enter City Hall through Door No. 1, immediately across from the former Post Office. On-street parking is available on Fourth Avenue. If you are voting after 5:00 p.m. you may park in the staff parking lot off of Fourth Avenue.)

 

The Mall at Lawson Heights  (134 Primrose Dr.)
Confederation Mall  (300 Confederation Dr.)
Market Mall  (2325 Preston Ave. South)
The Centre Mall (3510 8th St. East)

 
Saturday, Oct. 15 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 20 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 21 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 
University of Saskatchewan - Place Riel (1 Campus Dr)
 
Monday, Oct. 17 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 18 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
   
The AutoMARK Voter Assist terminal will be available during Advance Polls at  City Hall and Market Mall only.  
   

Homebound Voting

City Council has established a mobile poll for homebound voting for voters who, due to disability or limited mobility, are unable to leave their residence to vote at an established polling place.  Their resident caregivers may also vote using this service.

Homebound voting will be conducted on October 21, 24 and 26. 

If you wish to use this service, you need to fill out an application form and file it with the Returning Officer by no later than Friday, October 14, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  You will then be advised of the date and time an election official will visit your home to take your vote.  When the election official visits your home, you will be required to provide identification.  Government-issued photo identification is your best option but there are other alternatives available to you.  Please follow the links below for more details.

Mail-in Ballots

If you are a qualified voter (see above) and you anticipate being unable to vote at an advance poll or on the day of the election, you can still participate in the 2016 municipal election by way of a mail-in ballot.

Starting on July 4, 2016, qualified voters can apply to vote using a mail-in ballot. An application must be made in person at the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall. The last day to apply for a mail-in ballot is October 25, 2016. When you apply you will be required to complete a Voters Registration Form and produce the necessary voter identification. Photo identification, such as a driver’s license or an SGI issued identification card is the best option, but there are other options available.  For a full list of options, click here.

The mail-in ballot packages will be mailed to you in October. The ballot package will contain:

  • A ballot
  • Instructions on how to complete the ballot
  • Instructions on how to correctly return the ballot in the envelopes you have received
  • A return envelope.

It is important that you carefully follow the instructions for completing and returning the envelope. Returned ballots which are not correctly filled out according to the instructions provided in the package will not be accepted by the Returning Officer to be counted on election night. Your ballot must be received by the Returning Officer by 8:00 p.m. on October 26, 2016 in order to be counted.

 

How to Vote

There is no Voters List. At your polling station, you will be required to sign a declaration that you are eligible to vote and to show the appropriate identification. You will be given one ballot containing all of the races – Mayor, Councillor and School Board Trustee, to be taken into a voting booth and filled out. After you have voted, the ballot will be fed into a computer, which will automatically count the votes and issue the results after the polls have closed.

Assistance for Voters with Disabilities

If you need help to vote, you may bring a friend to assist you, or use the AutoMARK Voter Assist Terminal during the City Hall and Market Mall Advance Polls.

Voter Assist Terminal:

The AutoMARK Voter Assist Terminal (VAT) is an optical scan ballot-marking terminal that assists voters who are visually-impaired or have physical impairments that would make it difficult or impossible to mark a ballot in the usual way. It uses a touch screen to let voters mark paper ballots privately and independently,  and is wheelchair accessible. Key features include:

  • Rocker Paddle/Foot Switch - for voters with limited motor control
  • Braille key pad - for voters who are blind or have limited visibility
  • Audio Function - allows voters who are blind or have limited visibility to hear the choices
  • A zoom feature that enables the voter to increase the font size of each office listed on the ballot
  • Sip/Puff Device

The Voter Assist terminal will be available during Advance Polls only, at the City Hall and Market Mall locations. 

Bring a Friend:

Upon signing a declaration, your friend will be able to help you in any way you require. 

Other Accessibility Aids:

There will be magnifying devices at each poll if you need one.  Elections officials are also available to help in any way possible.

Ride Free on Election Day

Download the pass below and carry it with you to ride Saskatoon Transit free on election.

 Download the election transit pass (pdf)

Students and the 2016 Civic Election

Students are deemed to be residents of Saskatoon and can vote in the 2016 Saskatoon Civic Elections, for mayoral, councillor and school board trustee races. It does not matter if they have moved here from a town in Saskatchewan or from St. Johns, Newfoundland.

The Local Government Election Act, 2015 Section 4, subsection (8):

If a person leaves his or her place of residence in another province or territory of Canada to study at an educational institution in Saskatchewan, the person is deemed to have acquired an ordinary residence in Saskatchewan for the duration of his or her studies.

A student at our universities and colleges in Saskatoon who has moved to Saskatoon to study is able to vote if on the day of the election:

(a) is a Canadian citizen;
(b) is at least 18 years of age.

Please note: there will be Advance Poll at the University of Saskatchewan on October 17 and 18, 2016 at Place Riel, 1 Campus Dr. Saskatoon, SK. If your 18th birthday is after October 18 but on or before October 26, you are able to vote at the Advance Poll.

Request for Recount

Where the Returning Officer has declared the results of a vote and the difference between the number of votes cast for any elected member and the candidate having the next highest number of votes is less than the number of ballots counted but objected to plus all rejected ballots, except those on which no vote was made, any voter or candidate in the municipality or school division, in which the vote was taken, may request a recount by delivering to the Returning Officer within 10 business days after the declaration of the results of the vote (no later than November 14, 2016), in the prescribed form. The Notice of Request for Recount form is available from the Returning Officer.

In a case other than the above, a voter or candidate may, within 10 business days after the day on which the Returning Officer has declared the results of the election, apply by affidavit to a judge for a recount. The application must include evidence that the ballots have been counted or rejected improperly, there is an incorrect statement of the number of ballots cast for a candidate; the Returning Officer has improperly added up the votes, or the Returning Officer has failed to comply with the request for a recount in accordance with the legislation. If the judge is satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to warrant a recount, the judge will appoint a time and place for a recount.

Detailed information regarding a recount of votes is available from the Returning Officer at 306 986 3012 or by referring to Secs. 158-167 of  The Local Government Election Act, 2015.