Almost 3,000 votes cast to date in Red Deer municipal election – Red Deer Advocate


More voters have already turned out to vote at advance polls for the Red Deer municipal election compared to 2017.

Returning officer Samantha Rodwell said that in 2017 there were only five days of advance polls in one location and 2,639 voters walked out. In the first four days of advanced voting this week, a total of 2,984 voters cast votes at three polling stations.

“In the four days we’ve raced we’ve already beaten that 2017 total,” said Rodwell.

“We really hope that by having 13 days of advance polls at three separate locations, people know they can get out. There will be no queues and crowds at the advance poll, because there are so many opportunities, and the more people who show up to vote at the advance poll, the less crowds there will be. on Election Day, which will make it a safe and efficient experience for all of our constituents in Red Deer.

On Thursday, a constant number of people voted. When advance polls opened on Monday, 732 people voted, followed by 762 on Tuesday, 769 on Wednesday and 721 on Thursday.

“Live wait times for each polling station are available on our election website to make voting even easier. Voters can select the fastest and most convenient station for them. “

She said the feedback so far has been positive and the experience has been very quick.

“There haven’t been long lines yet at any of our polling stations. People seem to be extremely grateful for the additional cleaning and disinfection measures our staff use. “

All voters and staff are required to wear a mask, and polling stations will operate at one-third of their capacity to ensure appropriate distancing. Voters are also given single-use pens or can choose to bring their own.

Voters in Red Deer can vote for mayor, trustee and trustee positions, and can also vote for provincial senatorial elections and two referendum questions.

“Some people take longer with the ballots, but if you are prepared and know how you are going to vote, it can be extremely quick. You can get in and out in five minutes, ”Rodwell said.

The city is encouraging Red Deer voters to take advantage of advance polling opportunities this Thanksgiving weekend.

Red Deer voters can vote at one of three advance polls, open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. until October 16:

• Westerner Park at 4847A 19 St.

• Baymont by Wyndham Red Deer at 4311 49 Ave.

• Parkland Shopping Center at 359 50 Ave.

On Election Day, Oct. 18, voters in Red Deer who have yet to vote will be able to choose from one of the city’s eight polling stations.

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