2020 Civic Election: City adds polling location for Friday election
Following the postponement of November 9 election day, due to a severe winter storm that blanketed the city with 30 to 40 cm of snow and ice, the election office has announced an additional polling location at Prairieland Park and continues to pursue other options.
“Our goal through the election planning process is to provide citizens with access to a ballot – that they have a way to vote,” says Returning Officer Scott Bastian. “Access to the ability to vote in this election has been solidly supported through additional advance poll locations, a heavily used mail-in ballot program, and 65 polling locations on election day which despite the inclement weather were surprisingly steady.”
The decision to postpone the election was granted to the Returning Officer alone by the Minister of Government Relations. As a result, the election office was working with the province all afternoon on Monday, November 9 to make sure the Returning Officer’s decision was in line with the Minister’s specific order.
“An election in a city of our size is complex. There are many moving parts, with over 600 municipal election workers hired and 65 polling locations established,” Bastian says. “Frustrating as it was for everyone, my decision was delayed to late Monday because I needed to make sure that the plan for Friday to condense polls complied with the Minister’s Order and that all the pieces were organized. In order to comply with Ministerial Order polls had to close early. Had polls closed at 8:00 pm on November 9, the election would have concluded that night.”
Voters who have not yet had the chance will have an opportunity to cast their ballot on Friday, November 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
There will be a number of locations across the city, much like advanced polls, at Cosmo Civic Centre, Lawson Civic Centre, Lakewood Civic Centre, Shaw Centre, and City Hall – with Prairieland Park as an added location. Voters can visit the polling station most convenient for them to cast their ballot.
Mail-in ballots will be received by the election officials until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13 at City Hall or the Election Office. Ballots can also be dropped off at any polling station on Election Day. Visit saskatoon.ca/mailballot for more information.
Reminders for voters:
- attend any poll location
- print and fill out a voter registration form to save time at the polling station
- bring your own pen to mark your ballot
- wear a mask and practice physical distancing
For more information on the 2020 Civic Election, including locations and ID requirements, visit saskatoon.ca/vote2020.