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Voting

General elections for each office are held every four years. Rural municipalities hold an election for selected divisions every two years; however, each council members holds office for a four-year term. Upcoming municipal election dates are:

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018 to elect councillors representing even-numbered divisions in rural municipalities;
  • Saturday, July 25, 2020 to elect mayor and councillors in resort villages;
  • Fall of 2020 to elect mayor and councillors for northern municipalities (contact your municipal office for exact date)
  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020 to elect mayor and councillors in urban municipalities (cities, towns, villages) and to elect reeves and councillors representing odd-number divisions in rural municipalities.

Residents may also vote in a municipal by-election to choose a new council member to fill a vacated office.

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1. Acceptable Voter Identification

The purpose of the voter ID requirements is to maintain the integrity of local election processes. Your name and address must appear in some form on your voter identification documents. Bringing proper identification will ensure your voice is heard and will help your local election run as smoothly as possible.

Photo ID - Your BEST option to take to the polls

Acceptable photo identification is ID that is government-issuedvalid and has your photoname and address. If your identification does not meet these criteria it will not be recognized as an acceptable form of photo identification.

Examples include:

  • A valid Saskatchewan driver's licence; 
  • A valid Saskatchewan ID card issued by SGI or any motor licence issuer (available for $10 or free for seniors); or
  • Any other valid government-issued photo ID issued by a Canadian government whether federal, provincial or municipal, or an agency of that government, so long as it includes your name and address.

If you do not currently have photo identification you can acquire non-drivers photo-ID from SGI.

For a complete list of acceptable identification view Appendix D - Table 1 page 70-72 of The Local Government Election Regulations, 2015.  

A Canadian passport is not an acceptable form of photo identification because it does not contain your address. However, a Canadian passport can be used as identification if paired with another document that has your name and address on it. 

Non-Photo ID Options

If you don't have photo identification and are unable to obtain photo-ID before Election Day, you can present two other pieces of information, as long as both contain your name and at least one contains your address.

Examples include:

  • Valid ID cards or certificates issued by the Canadian or Saskatchewan government, a Saskatchewan municipality or school division, a Saskatchewan Indian band, the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan or an agency of one of these entities;
  • Personal correspondence, benefit/contribution statements and tax/assessment notices issued by any of the above entities;
  • Bank/credit union cards, credit cards and statements;
  • Utility bills and statements issued within six months of the date of the election; and
  • Personalized attestation of residence, letter of stay or admission form issued by a seniors or student residence, long-term care or shelter facility.

Vouching

If you do not have acceptable ID but are accompanied by another voter who has acceptable ID and is entitled to vote at the same polling place, you can be vouched for by that individual using the form available at the polling station from an election official.

Please Note:
  • A voter with acceptable ID may only vouch for one other person, except for immediate family members living at the same address as the voucher.
  • A person who has been vouched for cannot vouch for another voter.
  • Election officials, candidates and candidate's agents are prohibited from vouching.

For more information about vouching, please view Section 17 and Tables 2 of Appendix D of The Local Government Election Regulations, 2015.

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2. Voting in a Resort Village

To be considered an eligible voter in a resort village, you must be:

  • at least 18 years old;
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • qualify as one of the following:
    a) a resident of the resort village for at least 3 consecutive months immediately preceding election day; or
    b) an owner of assessable land in the resort village for at least 3 consecutive months immediately preceding election day; or
    c) a lessee of land in the resort village for at least 3 consecutive months immediately preceding election day; or
    d) the spouse of a person mentioned in (a) (b) or (c) above.

How to Vote

You can vote at the polling station set up for your municipality.  Check the Notice of Poll for the location of your polling place.  Resort villages have to option to establish a polling place in the resort village.  The polling station is open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. 

You will be required to provide proof of identity to vote. Instructions on how to vote will be posted at the polling station.  If you need help, the Deputy Returning Officer who gives you your ballot will assist you. 

Resort villages may make special provisions to accommodate voters with limited mobility by providing mobile polls and curbside voting.  Information on these methods of voting is available from the Returning Officer.

At the polling station, the names of the candidates for mayor and councillors are listed on the ballots for each office.  Generally, the names will be alphabetical although Council may have earlier provided for random or rotational order.  The candidate's occupation, if any, is printed beneath the candidate's name.

You may vote for only one candidate for mayor, and no more than the stated number of councillors, by making a distinct "X" in the space beside the candidate's name.  The ballot is secret.

Advance Poll

One or more advance polls may operate during the weeks immediately before Election Day.

Advance Poll voting is conducted in the same manner as a regular poll.  The locations and hours of all Advance Polls are listed on the Notice of Advance Poll, advertised in your municipality.  This information is also available from the Returning Officer.

Secrecy of Vote

Every election official, candidate or agent of a candidate in attendance at a polling place shall adhere to the principle of secrecy of vote and sign an oath of office. Many of the offences related to secrecy of vote are described in sections 168 to 184 of The Local Government Election Act, 2015.

Agents and Candidates

No candidate, agent or other person shall canvass or solicit votes in a polling place or within 100 metres of the building where the poll is held when the polls are open or make any communication to a person intending to vote otherwise than through the Deputy Returning Officer.

A candidate and two of his/her agents may be at each poll with the exception of mobile polls. As well, a candidate or one of his/her agents may be present during the counting of the ballots.

Candidates or agents have the right to object to the eligibility of a voter. Any objections with respect to a voter’s eligibility are to be directed to the Deputy Returning Officer, not to the voter.

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3. Voting in a Rural Municipality

To be eligible to vote in a rural municipality, you must be:

  • at least 18 years old;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • and qualify as one of the following:
    a) a resident in the rural municipality for at least three consecutive months immediately preceding the day of the election;
    b) the registered owner (or purchaser under a bona fide agreement for sale) of land in the rural municipality;
    c) assessed with respect to land in the rural municipality under a lease, licence, permit, or contract in agreement with the registered owner;
    d) assessed with respect to an improvement in the rural municipality;
    e) hold a permit in the rural municipality with respect to a trailer or mobile home;
    f) a spouse of a person mentioned in clause (b), (c), (d), or (e); or
    g) the chief executive officer of a duly incorporated co-operative, corporation or religious association that is assessed on the last revised assessment roll with respect to property in the rural municipality that is not exempt from taxation.

Voting for Candidates
Reeves are elected at large by all voters, whereas councillors are elected only by voters qualifying to vote in that division. Your property tax notice contains information about the division in which you are entitled to vote.

How to Vote

You can vote at the polling station set up in your rural municipality. The Notice of Vote includes details about the location of polling places. The polling station is open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Election Day. You will be required to provide proof of identity.

Instructions on how to vote are posted at the polling station. If you need help, the Deputy Returning Officer, who gives you your ballot paper, will assist you.

The ballot(s) provided to you by election officials list the names of candidates for each office alphabetically in the order of their surnames. The candidate's occupation may be printed beneath the candidate's name.

You may vote for only one candidate for reeve and/or for a councillor in the division you are entitled to vote in by making a distinct "X" in the space following a candidate's name. The ballot is secret.

Advance Poll

Your municipality may provide opportunities to vote at an Advance Poll. Council is required to provide the opportunity if at least five voters request the advance poll at least 30 days before Election Day.

Voting at an Advance Poll is conducted in the same manner as a regular poll. The locations and hours of all Advance Polls are listed on the Notice of Advance Poll, advertised in your municipality. This information is also available from the Returning Officer.

Voting by Mail

Your municipality may provide opportunities to vote by mail. Contact the municipal office to determine if this option is available.

Secrecy of Vote

Every election official, candidate or agent of a candidate in attendance at a polling place shall adhere to the principle of secrecy of vote and sign an oath of office. Many of the offences related to secrecy of vote are described in sections 168 to 184 of The Local Government Election Act, 2015.

Agents and Candidates

No candidate, agent or other person shall canvass or solicit votes in a polling place or within 100 metres of the building where the poll is held when the polls are open or make any communication to a person intending to vote otherwise than through the Deputy Returning Officer.

A candidate and two of his/her agents may be at each poll with the exception of mobile polls. As well, a candidate or one of his/her agents may be present during the counting of the ballots.

Candidates or agents have the right to object to the eligibility of a voter. Any objections with respect to a voter’s eligibility are to be directed to the Deputy Returning Officer, not to the voter.

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4. Voting in an Urban Municipality

To be eligible to vote in an urban municipality, you must be:

  • at least 18 years old on election day;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • a resident of Saskatchewan for at least 6 consecutive months immediately preceding election day; and either:
    a) a resident of the municipality for at least 3 consecutive months immediately preceding the day of the election; or
    b) an owner of assessable land for at least 3 consecutive months immediately preceding the day of the election.

How to Vote

You can vote at the polling station set up in your municipality or ward (if applicable). You can check the Notice of Poll for the location of your polling place. Polling stations are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Instructions on how to vote are posted at all polling stations. If you need help, the Deputy Returning Officer who gives you the ballot will assist you.

Urban municipalities may make special provisions to accommodate voters with limited mobility by providing mobile polls and curbside voting. Information on these methods of voting is available from the Returning Officer.

The names of the candidates for mayor and councillors are listed on the ballots for each office. Generally, the names will be alphabetical although Council may have earlier provided for random or rotational order. The candidate's occupation, if any, is printed beneath the candidate's name.

You may vote for only one candidate for mayor, and no more than the stated number of councillors, by making a distinct "X" in the space beside the candidate's name. The ballot is secret.

Advance Poll

One or more advance polls will operate during the weeks immediately before Election Day.

Voting at Advance Polls is conducted in the same manner as at a regular poll. The locations and hours of all Advance Polls are listed on the Notice of Advance Poll, advertised in your municipality. This information is also available from the Returning Officer.

Secrecy of Vote

Every election official, candidate or agent of a candidate in attendance at a polling place shall adhere to the principle of secrecy of vote and sign an oath of office. Many of the offences related to secrecy of vote are described in sections 168 to 184 of The Local Government Election Act, 2015.

Agents and Candidates

No candidate, agent or other person shall canvass or solicit votes in a polling place or within 100 metres of the building where the poll is held when the polls are open or make any communication to a person intending to vote otherwise than through the Deputy Returning Officer.

A candidate and two of his/her agents may be at each poll with the exception of mobile polls. As well, a candidate or one of his/her agents may be present during the counting of the ballots.

Candidates or agents have the right to object to the eligibility of a voter. Any objections with respect to a voter’s eligibility are to be directed to the Deputy Returning Officer, not to the voter.

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