May – Councillor Evan Woolley’s Report

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Making Democracy More Accessible for Calgarians

Election season is right around the corner and there are a few things you should know about how everything will go down this year. We need to tackle the challenge of declining voter turnout at the municipal level and encourage everyone to participate in democracy. I put forward a Notice of Motion this past November to look at ways that Election Day can be as easy and accessible as possible which has resulted in some great new initiatives for the upcoming Municipal election. Starting this year, everyone will receive a brochure in the mail which will have a free transit pass for Election Day! Not only that, but the Advance Polling Bus will be making a lot more rounds this year to help those who may have accessibility issues. The reality is that not everyone lives or works close to a voting booth, so doing what we can to make the polling stations as accessible as possible is the least we can do to encourage democratic engagement by Calgarians. Another initiative that the City of Calgary is undertaking is creating a candidate profile page on its website. It’ll be a one stop shop for information on all candidates in both the Councillor and Mayoral races.

Further to that, a full week of advance polls will be happening at Mount Royal University, University of Calgary, and SAIT. Students have busy schedules and Election Day falls right around mid-term time, so this is another way to ensure that polling stations are as easy to access as possible. If you or someone you know attends one of these post secondary institutions, make sure that you take advantage of the advance polls!

If you ever have any questions, concerns, or ideas about how to better your community please reach us by email at ward08@calgary.ca or give us a call at 403-268-2431.

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