September 29, 2020 – With the signing of 61 writs of election (one for each constituency), Saskatchewan’s 29th General Election is now officially underway.
An order from the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council arrived today at Elections Saskatchewan. It instructed that a provincial election will be held in Saskatchewan on Monday, October 26, 2020.
“With the signing of the writs of election, 61 returning offices around the province are now open to the public,” says Dr. Michael Boda, Chief Electoral Officer for Saskatchewan. “Candidate nominations are now being accepted at these offices. And voter information cards that detail where and when a voter can vote are being produced and getting ready to mail, email and text to registered voters.”
“My priorities this election are voting safely and working safely. I want people to feel as safe as they do when shopping for groceries. All 2,000 of our polling locations will offer masks for voters and workers, sanitizer, physical distancing and clear dividers between voters and workers. Surfaces in the polls will be disinfected throughout the day, and single-use pencils will be offered.”
Key dates this election:
October 10 Nomination Day (nominations close at 2 p.m.)
October 15 Deadline to get on the voters list. As of today, there are 816,698 registered voters. Any eligible voter who is not already on this list and misses this deadline can still register in person when they go to vote.
October 15 Vote by Mail applications must be received at Elections Saskatchewan. As of today, there are 17,978 vote by mail applications in process.
October 20-24 Advance voting is held, Noon to 8 p.m. each of these five days
October 26 Election Day. The last day to vote. Polls are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
October 26 Vote by mail ballots must be placed in the mail no later than 8 p.m this day.
October 28 Counting of vote by mail ballots begins and will be reported during the Final Count on November 7.
November 28 All 61 returning offices close.
All election information can be found at www.elections.sk.ca.
To vote in the October 26 provincial election, you must be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old and have lived in Saskatchewan for at least six months before September 29, 2020. You must show ID at the polls to vote. A list of acceptable ID is at www.elections.sk.ca/id.
To work in the October 26 provincial election, you must be a Saskatchewan resident for least six months before September 29, 2020 and at least 16 years of age (new for 2020). You can apply online at www.elections.sk.ca/takepart or by calling 1-877-958-8683.
Elections Saskatchewan (ESK) is the province’s nonpartisan election management body and an independent office of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. ESK directs and supervises the administration of provincial electoral events, including the 2020 provincial election.
Information for voters, workers, media, candidates and parties at www.elections.sk.ca.
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