Come out and vote is the message Sylvan Lake returning officer Pam Marchesi hopes to convey about next Monday’s municipal election.
The polling station will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, October 21, at Sylvan Lake Family & Community Centre (4725 43rd Street) for residents of Sylvan Lake.
At that location they’ll be voting for one mayor and up to six councillors as well selecting one candidate for Ward 1 trustee of Chinook’s Edge School Division.
There’s been a change in the act which governs municipal elections this year. Identification is now required to vote. Acceptable ID includes one piece of government issued picture ID with your name and Sylvan Lake address (i.e. driver’s license), or if that is not available, alternate ID that contains your name and Sylvan Lake address. A full list of acceptable ID is available at www.sylvanlake.ca/uploads/ID.pdf.
Institutional polls will be held at Sylvan Lake Seniors’ Lodge and Bethany Sylvan Lake for residents of those facilities only.
Advance polls were held for at the town’s Municipal Government Building on Oct. 4 and 5. Marchesi said just over 100 people voted at that time.
“I’m anticipating a decent turnout,” she said of the election. There are about 9,500 eligible voters.
During the last municipal election, in 2010, 2,355 ballots were cast for a turnout of 31.2 per cent.
Residents interested in watching results after polls close, are invited to the Municipal Government Building where the foyer will be open and results posted, according to Betty Osmond, the town’s chief administrative officer. They’re opening at 8 p.m. to welcome those interested residents and candidates.
You may also keep track of results through the Sylvan Lake News Facebook page where we’ll be posting up-to-date information as the night unfolds.
Voting for Division 5 in Red Deer County takes place at Spruce View Community Hall, Fensala Hall (Markerville) and Benalto Ag Centre (playschool location). Voting for both Division 5 and Division 6 candidates takes place at Sylvan Lake Community Centre. As well, voting in Division 6 takes place at Poplar Ridge Community Hall. See the Red Deer County website for more information.
For rural residents, voting for Chinook’s Edge Ward 1 trustee takes place at Benalto Ag Centre, Poplar Ridge Community Hall, Ridgewood Community Hall and Sylvan Lake Community Centre.
Voting for Ward 5 trustee takes place at Benalto Ag Centre, Bowden Friendship Centre, Fensala Hall (Markerville), Ridgewood Community Centre or Spruce View Community Hall.