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2020 Civic Election: City takes advantage of Ministerial Order

For immediate release: November 9, 2020 - 4:52pm

After much discussion with the provincial government, the Election Office will take advantage of the Ministerial Order, signed by Government Relations Minister Lori Carr, allowing the local Returning Officer to postpone the 2020 Civic Election.

We are closing all polls at 6:30 p.m. today.  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 condensed number of locations, much like advanced polls, at Cosmo Civic Centre, Lawson Civic Centre, Lakewood Civic Centre, Shaw Centre, and City Hall (Committee Room E).

The delay in making this announcement was related to election staff having ongoing discussions throughout the day with Minister Carr’s Office to explore this opportunity for the City of Saskatoon: one that would allow 600-plus municipal election workers to remain at polls today, operating like an advanced poll until 6:30 p.m.

“This is certainly unconventional, and we appreciate the frustration many of our citizens have felt about not knowing what options they had to vote,” says Scott Bastian, Returning Officer.  “This is why we continued to encourage those who could, to go to the polls. All except one were open by midday.”

We wanted to seek out the best solution possible for our citizens in order to choose their community leaders.  We needed to be sure we were in compliance with the Minister’s Order in order to work through this difficult situation.”

Again, we want to thank all our poll workers who persevered and the hundreds of City and contract employees who continue to work hard to open up our city and get it moving again.

Mail-in ballots will be received by the election office until 8:00 pm on Friday, November 13.

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