Red Deer voters can still participate in the Advance Vote until Saturday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. (Photo contributed)

Red Deer voters can still participate in the Advance Vote until Saturday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. (Photo contributed)

Election day: Eight voting stations to operate on Monday in Red Deer

Advance Vote stations will be open until Oct. 16 at 8 p.m.

Election day is Monday and Red Deer Transit is offering free rides all day.

Voters can select a transit route using the MyBus app or by visiting reddeer.ca/transit for route maps and schedules.

The city also has a virtual map in place to help voters select the quickest voting station. The voting station map showcases live wait times for each voting station, updated regularly by staff on site throughout each voting day.

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Red Deer will not have dedicated neighbourhood voting stations on election day, and voting is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at eight voting stations:

• Baymont by Wyndham Red Deer: Piper Creek Room: 4311 49 Ave.

• Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre: Mediterranean Ballroom: 3310 50 Ave.

• Collicutt Centre: Field House: 3031 30 Ave.

• Northside Community Centre (YMCA): Gymnasium: 6391 76 St.

• Parkland Mall: Unit 458: 6359 50 Ave.

• Radisson Hotel Red Deer: Winspear Ballroom: 6500 67 St.

• St. Joseph High School: Gymnasium: 110, 2700 67 St.

• Westerner Park: Exhibition Hall: 4847A 19 St.

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Voters can still participate in the Advance Vote until Saturday at 8 p.m.

Three Advance Vote stations have been open daily since Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

• Westerner Park at 4847A 19 St.

• Baymont by Wyndham Red Deer at 4311 49 Ave.

• Parkland Mall at 359 50 Ave.

Unofficial counts show 8,048 people participated in Advance Vote from Oct. 4 to 14.

Red Deer’s returning officer Samantha Rodwell, said on Wednesday and Thursday over 1,000 voters came out each day.

“We’re already at our highest voter turnout ever at advance vote so we couldn’t be more thrilled,” Rodwell said.

“Advance voting is becoming increasingly popular in all elections. There used to be restrictions on advance votes. Now anyone can go and vote.”

She said some people have become avid advance voters to avoid the busier election day. Some are concerned about COVID-19 and want to stay away from crowds. And some just happen to be driving by, see an advance vote sign, and decide to cast their ballot.

In addition to shifting to larger voting stations, a number of health and safety measures are in place to protect both voters and election staff, including enhanced sanitization, physical distancing, barriers, and mandatory masking.

More information about the election, including where to vote and who is running, is available at elections.reddeer.ca.



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