After just five of eight days of advance voting for the 2021 Municipal Election, the numbers have already surpassed the total advance vote total from 2017.
This past weekend, 3,907 voters cast their ballot using the new drive-through voting station at Exhibition Park – almost equivalent to the entire total of advance voters in 2017, which was 3,912. On Friday, October 8, 1,422 residents cast their ballot – a record number in one day of advance voting. On Saturday, October 9, 1,273 people voted and on Sunday, October 10, an additional 1,212 voters used the drive-through option.
As 1,255 people voted October 1-2 at City Hall, 5,162 Lethbridge residents have used the 2021 advance voting options to date.
There are three more Advance Vote opportunities which will occur from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. October 14, 15 and 16 at the ATB Centre.
As a result of the popularity, the drive-through voting option at Exhibition Park will be offered on Election Day, October 18. Returning Officer Bonnie Hilford says hearing from the voters on this new initiative was valuable as the Elections Lethbridge team appreciates the positive praise, as well as feedback on where it could improve.
The drive-through voting station, which allows individuals to vote without leaving their vehicle, is a new initiative designed as an extra precaution in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. Signs are placed directing voters to the entrance near Bully's (near the SW corner of Ex Park). Voters drive to the eligibility booth, followed by a ballot booth, a deciding zone and a ballot turn-in area. We encourage voters to make it a family event by coming with their household all in one vehicle in order to assist with traffic flow. Those on bicycles are also permitted and can lineup as a vehicle.
A suite of online tools and resources has been developed to assist voters in this election:
On Election Day Monday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., eligible voters can vote at any of the 14 voting stations throughout the City. Rather than having dedicated neighbourhood voting stations, as in previous elections or with the Federal Election, voters will be able to pick the station that works for them. A map of Election Day voting locations is here.
At the voting stations, voters must complete an Elector Register form stating they are eligible to vote. You will put your name, address, choice of public or separate school trustee ballot - and sign the form. This will take approximately two minutes to complete. Should you choose, to save a step at the voting station, residents may download the form in advance and turn in a hard copy at the voting station.
All public health orders, as set out by the Provincial Government, will be followed. Check Lethbridge/ca/election for updates prior to voting.
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