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2020 Civic Election: advance polls see strong turn-out; mail-in ballot drop-off locations announced

For immediate release: November 4, 2020 - 5:56pm
CK20-1680

Advance Polls update: 

Advance polls for the 2020 Civic Election opened Friday, October 30, and citizens took advantage of the first three days of early voting to elect Saskatoon’s mayor, city councillors and public or Catholic school board trustees. Nearly 600 voters visited Saskatoon’s first-ever drive-thru voting location and nearly 10,000 voters attended advance poll locations over those three days. 

Advance polls continue through to Thursday, November 5. Plan to take advantage of these early voting opportunities and attend any voting location across the city.  

Mail-in Ballot update: 

The election office wishes to thank all Saskatoon residents for their patience as it is working with full force to complete processing of the unprecedented and amazing demand for mail-in ballots.  

The provincial law (The Local Government Election Act , 2015) for municipal elections states that to be counted, mail-in ballots must be received at the election office  before 8:00 p.m. on election day (Monday, November 9). 

Voters who receive their mail-in ballot package on or after November 2, given the uncertainty of mailing times, should plan to drop it off in-person or have a designate drop it off for them 

To facilitate easy drop-off for voters, the election office has announced four additional locations where mail-in ballots can be returned, starting Wednesday, November 4. 

Mail-In Ballot Drop-Off Details:

November 4 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Election Office, (226 Cardinal Crescent)
  12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Lakewood Civic Centre
Cosmo Civic Centre
Lawson Civic Centre
Shaw Civic Centre
November 5 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Election Office, (226 Cardinal Crescent)
  12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Lakewood Civic Centre
Cosmo Civic Centre
Lawson Civic Centre
Shaw Civic Centre
November 6 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Election Office, (226 Cardinal Crescent)
  12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Lakewood Civic Centre
Cosmo Civic Centre
Lawson Civic Centre
Shaw Civic Centre
November 7 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Lakewood Civic Centre
Shaw Civic Centre
  12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Cosmo Civic Centre
Lawson Civic Centre
November 8 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Lakewood Civic Centre
Cosmo Civic Centre
Lawson Civic Centre
  12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Shaw Civic Centre
November 9 (Election Day) 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Election Office, (226 Cardinal Crescent)
  12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Lakewood Civic Centre
Cosmo Civic Centre
Lawson Civic Centre
Shaw Civic Centre

Note: Mail-in ballots cannot be dropped off at advance poll locations, only at the designated mail-in ballot locations. 

If a mail-in ballot application was rejected, voters can attend in-person voting at advance polls this week, or on election day, November 9. 

For more information on who can vote, identification requirements, advance polls, safety at the polls and more, check out the 2020 Voter’s Guide on saskatoon.ca/vote2020.