September – Councillor Evan Woolley’s Report

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Democracy 101

In October, Calgarians will vote to elect their Mayor, Councillors, and School Board Trustees. Your voice helps shape your community and city. Here are some things you need to know before October 16th.

If you cannot vote during the Advance Vote or on Election Day due to physical incapacity, being absent from the city, working as an election worker, or volunteering/working on a campaign, you can request a mail-in ballot online by visiting www.electionscalgary.ca, by phone, 403-476-4100 (option 2), in-person or in writing at the Elections & Census Office, 1103 – 55 Avenue NE.

If you request a mail-in ballot, a ballot package with instructions will be mailed to you after Nomination Day (September 18, 2017). A photocopy of an authorized piece of identification must be sent back with the returned ballots. Ballots must be received by the Elections & Census Office no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day (October 16, 2017). For more information on the Election, or to sign-up to receive updates, visit www.electionscalgary.ca.

I shared this information last May, but it bears repeating. This year, it’s easier than ever to make your vote count. There is now a free transit pass with each election brochure that will be mailed to you and there will be a full week of advance voting polls at Mount Royal University, the University of Calgary and SAIT.

2017 Election Ward Boundary Changes

During the 2017 Municipal Election, new ward boundaries come into effect, which could change the candidates on your ballot and at your voting station location. If your community has changed wards, you will be voting in a different ward than the last municipal election. It is important to check your ward so you know what candidates are running in your ward and where to find your designated voting station. To check your ward, visit www.electionscalgary.ca, or call the Elections & Census Office at 403-476-4100 (Option 2).

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