The first opportunity to cast a ballot in the 2017 municipal election is tomorrow (October 4) for Fort Saskatchewan and Sturgeon County residents.
Election officials in both municipalities are urging residents who won't be able to make it in to vote on October 16 to use the opportunity to make their voice heard.
"That gives people the opportunity, some are away on vacation or unavailable on election day or just want to avoid any lineups on election day, voters can take advantage of voting on one of these dates," said Sturgeon County senior communications officer, Sheila Moore.
In the Fort, residents can head to the Dow Centennial Centre's Scotia Bank Studio from 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. to cast their early ballot, while voters in Sturgeon County can head to Sturgeon County Centre in Morinville from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
For both municipalities, voters must bring a piece of identification with their address on it. They must also be over 18 and have lived in Alberta for over six months. At the poll, voters will fill out a registration form declaring that they are eligible to vote.
Voters will then be given a ballot to fill out behind a secrecy screen. The ballot will have all of the things citizens need to vote on, including the pool plebiscite in Fort Saskatchewan. Once the ballot is filled out, residents can then feed it to the electronic tabulator in Fort Saskatchewan or into the secured box in Sturgeon County.
In Strathcona County, there are numerous opportunities to vote in advance all across the county.
Redwater voters will have to wait until Saturday to cast an advance vote. They can head to Diamond Spring Lodge from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. while Bruderheim has their advance vote on October 14 at the Bruderheim Town Office from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Morinville has their advance vote tomorrow (October 4) in Council Chambers at Germain Place from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the second on October 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The City of Fort Saskatchewan is offering special ballots for those who can't make it to the advance polls or the polls on election day.
"If they're away or cannot leave their home, then they can submit a request and once they've done that, they'll be provided with a special ballot so they can fill it out and return it to the city and it's just as if they were voting at a polling station," explained Brenda Molter, director of Legislative Services and the Returning Officer for the City of Fort Saskatchewan.
Another advance vote takes place on October 14 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the County Centre in Sturgeon County and October 7 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the DCC in Fort Saskatchewan.