The October 26, 2020 provincial election will be different than past electoral events in Saskatchewan. We will have new processes and safety measures in place to protect voters, election workers and candidate representatives at the polls and returning offices.

Dr. Michael Boda, Chief Electoral Officer of Saskatchewan, meets regularly with the Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab for guidance on how best to reduce risks associated with COVID-19. On May 4, 2020, Dr. Boda provided recommendations to the Government of Saskatchewan for planning an election with the presence of COVID-19. Here is a summary of those recommendations.

Elections Saskatchewan and Public Health

Making voting places safer

For the past few months we’ve been consulting with external experts and researching the best practices for allowing voting to take place safely at polling locations around the province. More details will come as this work continues.

Voting safely is our priority for this election. Some things you may notice include:

  • Physical distancing in the polls. Voters will be asked to stay 2 metres (6 feet) apart
  • We strongly recommend wearing a mask at the polls
  • Hand sanitizer available at all polls
  • Surfaces in the polls will be disinfected throughout the day
  • Single-use pencils will be provided
  • Voters who feel unwell on election day should stay home. Avoid not being able to vote by exploring other voting options such as absentee or advance voting.

Read our media release here about the quantities of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that we’re ordering.

Voting without leaving your home

Voting by mail is an option for any eligible voter. The first step is to apply for a vote by mail application. Any voter can start this process today here on our website. Note that the voting kits including a ballot will not be mailed out to voters until closer to October 2020.

Protecting our 13,000+ election workers

Election workers are people from all Saskatchewan communities who step up for one of our 13,000+ paid jobs during advance voting and on election day. Keeping our workers safe is vital to running an election.

  • Providing personal protective equipment to workers, such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer
  • Separating workers from voters with acrylic sneeze guards (where available) or increased physical distancing
  • Workers encouraged to wash hands throughout the day
  • More online video training of our senior field leadership team
  • We’re surveying our election workers to hear first-hand any concerns about serving as election workers

Voting in care homes, hospitals and corrections facilities

We are working with staff in these facilities to allow for safe voting.

Go paperless with your voter information card

Don’t want to handle a physical card? Choose to receive your voter card electronically. For the first time in a Saskatchewan election, any voter can choose to receive their voter information card by text or email rather than regular postal mail.

Questions or concerns about our voting safely planning?

Call us at 1-877-958-8683 or email at [email protected].