Election Day: What Edmontonians need to know before voting in the federal election on Monday

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Election Day: What Edmontonians need to know before voting in the federal election on Monday

Author of the article:

Dustin Cook

Edmontonians can vote from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20 in the federal election.
Edmontonians can vote from 7: 30 a.m. to 7: 30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20 in the federal election. Photo by David Bloom /Postmedia

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More than 147,500 residents in the nine federal Edmonton ridings have already cast their ballot during four days of advance polling, an increase of 11 per cent from two years ago.

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But for those who will be heading out to the polls on Monday to vote in the federal election, here’s what you need to know.

What you need to vote

Voting in Alberta starts early with all polls open from 7: 30 a.m. until 7: 30 p.m. As long as you are in line before the end of the voting hours, you will be able to vote. Residents can only vote at the assigned polling station listed on voter information cards mailed to registered voters.

Those without an information card can still register to vote at their assigned poll, which can be found online, or can use the online voter registration service to print out a certificate and bring it to the polling station. This form can also be used to update address information. In order to vote, residents must be Canadian citizens, at least 18 years old on election day and be able to prove their identity and address.

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Voters are encouraged to bring their information cards with them as well as a piece of personal identification with a photo, such as a driver’s licence. If you don’t have photo ID, two pieces of identification with your name and at least one with an address will be accepted.

COVID-19 impacts

Polling stations will follow COVID-19 protocols including mandatory masking, physical distancing, use of hand sanitizer as well as plexiglass barriers.

Voters are encouraged to bring their own pencil, or pencils handed out will only be single use. Polling stations won’t be subject to capacity restrictions or the proof of vaccine program launching in Alberta Monday.

Advance voting

Across Canada, about 5,780,000 voters have cast their ballot in advance polls, an increase of 18.46 per cent from the 2019 election. In Edmonton, the riding of Edmonton Griesbach had the largest increase in advance voters, up 38.5 per cent from the last election. Only the riding of Edmonton Mill Woods has fewer votes cast before election day than in 2019.

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Close races

Eight of the nine ridings in Edmonton are currently represented by Conservative members, all of whom are running for re-election. Heather McPherson of the NDP was the only non-Conservative in the House of Commons from the city, serving the riding of Edmonton Strathcona, and is running for re-election. Without any Liberal representation, Edmonton didn’t have a member in the previous cabinet for the first time since 1980.

There are three close races coming down to the wire in Edmonton, according to polling data from 338Canada. Two Liberal candidates are in close contests with the Conservative incumbents in Edmonton Centre and Edmonton Mill Woods. In Edmonton Griesbach, the NDP candidate Blake Desjarlais is polling neck and neck with two-term Conservative incumbent Kerry Diotte.

The Conservative incumbents have significant leads in the other six ridings in Edmonton as well as the Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan riding.

Election updates will be posted here as the day unfolds.

— More to come.

duscook@postmedia.com

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