By-Election Day Updates
Voting Location Change – Patuanak
Yesterday morning, I told you that the location of the poll in Patuanak had changed (poll 13). This morning I’ve learnt that our poll is back in its original location in the William Apesis Memorial Band Hall – 117 1st Street, Patuanak. Please pass this information along to your candidates as well.
Our original plans would have seen two polls held in both Patuanak and Dillon. Please be aware that in both of these locations, we have combined polls and will only have one poll. I do not believe this will have a significant impact on the administration of this event.
Late Opening – Stony Rapids
I also want to ensure that you are aware that our poll in Stony Rapids did not open until 10 a.m. this morning due to worker issues. However, I have been informed that only two voters attended the poll between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. and both were willing to wait at the location until workers arrived and the poll could be opened.
Given that it does not appear that voters were significantly impacted or denied the opportunity to vote, I will not be using the authority found in Section 7 of The Election Act, 1996 to extend the hours of this poll as I do not believe the requirements contained in that section have been met. The location is now open and serving voters.
Dr. Michael Boda
Chief Electoral Officer
Province of Saskatchewan
All information related to the Athabasca by-election can be found online at www.elections.sk.ca/athabasca.