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2020 Civic Election – Voters’ Update

For immediate release: October 23, 2020 - 11:35am
CK20-1659

The City of Saskatoon is asking eligible voters, who can do so, to make a plan to take advantage of early voting opportunities for the upcoming 2020 Civic Election on Monday, November 9.

Planning Saskatoon’s 2020 Civic Election during the pandemic is unprecedented. The City has undergone detailed pre-planning and added staff and systems to manage the election demand.

Due to the larger than expected response, days before the mail-in ballot application deadline, the Election Office is asking the public to consider all the options available to them.  These options include voting at any advance poll October 30 – November 5 or voting on Election Day, November 9.

“This request is to allow processing of the mail-in ballot applications we’ve received to date and continue to manage applications yet to be received,” Returning Officer Scott Bastian says.

“We have seen an exponential increase in applications.  As the weather gets cooler and COVID case numbers change, we expect the requests to fluctuate,” Bastian says. “In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Election Office planned for an increase in mail-in ballot applications and expanded its program. “However, we have seen a three-fold increase in applications.”

Bastian reminds voters that voting safely is a priority. The Election Office has followed the lead of Elections Saskatchewan and the Public Health Orders .

Already submitted your mail-in ballot application? What you need to know:

  • The status of your mail-in ballot application will be sent once your application has been reviewed.
  • Voters who receive their mail-in ballot on or after November 2, 2020 should plan to return their ballot in person at the Election Office. 
  • If voting on Election Day, November 9, confirm your ward and voting location at saskatoon.ca/mypoll before heading to the poll.

Make a plan to vote early, take advantage of off-peak times:

Advance polls:

  • With seven days and 10 different locations across the city, voters can conveniently cast their ballot at any advance poll location no matter which ward they belong to.
    • Friday, October 30 to Thursday, November 5 (dates and times vary, visit Saskatoon.ca/vote2020 for details):
      • Lawson Heights Mall
      • Confederation Mall
      • Market Mall
      • The Centre Mall*
      • City Hall, Committee Room “E”
      • Ebenezer Baptist Church
      • Prairieland Park
      • Station 20 West
      • Lakewood Civic Centre
      • Drive-thru poll* 422 46th Street East 

*The Centre Mall and Drive-thru voting do not have voter assist terminals.

Election Day, Monday, November 9:

  • Consider scheduling to mark your ballot during the mid-morning or mid-afternoon on election day, when polls may have less traffic. Polls open 8:00 am – 8:00 pm.

For more information on your early voting options, and the COVID-19 precautions in place at all voting locations, visit saskatoon.ca/vote2020.