February 15, 2022. Today is by-election day, and the last day to cast a ballot, in the provincial constituency of Athabasca.
To vote, you must be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old and have lived in Saskatchewan for at least the past six months. You must show ID at the voting place to vote. A list of acceptable ID is at www.elections.sk.ca/id.
A total of 29 polls in 18 unique locations across this vast constituency will be open today from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are also three voting places in hospitals or health centres today. All details and locations can be found in the Athabasca proclamation here.
Voters can find their voting place location either on their voter information card or by typing in their address with this online tool at www.elections.sk.ca/wheredoivote.
Advance voting was open February 9 to 13, and a total of 933 voters cast their ballots during these five days. This compares to 1,070 ballots cast during advance voting in the 2020 provincial general election.
Another 40 vote by mail ballot kits were mailed out to voters by Elections Saskatchewan for this by-election. These ballots must be in the mail for return to Elections Saskatchewan by 8 p.m. tonight to be counted.
In Athabasca, there were 9,277 registered voters as of the close of registration on February on February 4, 2022, with Elections Saskatchewan estimating that there are 10,373 eligible voters in the constituency. Voters not registered can still vote by registering in-person when they arrive at a voting place today to cast a ballot.
In the 2020 provincial general election, a total of 3,046 ballots were counted in Athabasca.
After 8 p.m. tonight, the counting begins. The timelines for counting are as follows:
First Preliminary Count. Takes place tonight after 8 p.m. and those results will be released later tonight. This count includes ballots from advance voting, by-election day, and personal care facilities.
Second Preliminary Count. This includes vote by mail ballots received at Elections Saskatchewan’s head office by February 15.
Final Count. Takes place February 28. This includes vote by mail ballots received after February 15. May also include any in-person absentee ballots cast at the Athabasca Returning Office, hospital ballots and extraordinary ballots.
Click here for an infographic that details when ballots will be counted during these three counts.
Results online at: https://results.elections.sk.ca/
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