Advance polls open in 2020 provincial election

October 20, 2020, 3:41 pm


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Voting in the 2020 Saskatchewan election is under way.

Election day is Monday, October 26, but advance polls are open noon to 8 p.m. daily Tuesday through Saturday this week.

There were several people on hand to vote as soon as the advance poll opened in Moosomin at noon on Tuesday.

Your voter information card includes the location of the advance voting location in your area, or you can find a full list online on the Elections Saskatchewan website.

This election there are 323 advance polls at 232 locations across the province (some locations have more than one poll inside).

This is up from 173 advance poll locations in the 2016 general election. More locations were added to have greater physical distancing inside the polls.

A complete list of locations is at: https://www.elections.sk.ca/voters/advance-voting-locations/

“We had a record number of advance voters in 2016 with more than 110,000 people choosing to vote early instead of on election day,” says Dr. Michael Boda, Chief Electoral Officer of Saskatchewan.

“It has been a consistent upward trend in advance voting turnout over the last six general elections since 1995. For many voters it’s more convenient to vote on one of the five advance days then on election day, and our election workers are once again ready for this turnout.”

“What’s different this election is the large increase of vote by mail applications, more than 61,000 compared to less than 5,000 in 2016. Many voters who may have voted at an advance poll in the past have likely chosen to vote by mail in this election.”

Voters will notice pandemic protocols in place at all poll locations, including workers wearing masks, physical distancing, use of sanitizer and clear dividers between voters and workers, and single-use pencils.

Voters are strongly encouraged to wear a mask inside the polls. There are some mandatory mask poll locations per direction of facility management.


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