Voting in an election is one of the most important responsibilities a person living in a city, province or country has to do.
That being said there’s a number of things to keep in mind during an election to ensure it doesn’t get out of hand. Here’s a few things to keep in mind when Edmonton shifts into election mode.
New rules around campaign signs
There’s no way to avoid it — campaign signs are coming but there’s new rules around where they can be placed.
For example, election signs can go up on City of Edmonton properties as long as they follow the outlined guidelines. Municpal and school board by-election signs are allowed after the Labour Day weekend until three days after election day, which is Oct. 16.
Election signs are allowed two weeks prior to nomination day, which is Sept. 18, and can stay up until three days after election day.
Those finding themselves with election fatigue can escape it by visiting city run parks, green spaces and schools as campaign signs are not permitted on them.
Drivers will also be spared from seeing signs along highway structures such as guardrails, bridges and retaining walls. Signs are also banned along the following highways:
• Anthony Henday Drive
• Whitemud Drive
• Yellowhead Trail
• Sherwood Park Freeway
• Wayne Gretzky Drive
• St. Albert Trail/Mark Messier Trail
• Groat Road
• Terwillegar Drive
• 91 Street between Ellerslie Road and Whitemud Drive
• 137 Avenue between St. Albert Trail and 97 Street
• 112 Avenue between 73 Street and 78 Street
Signs are allowed on grass boulevards but they have to follow 11 rules, which includes banned digital signs, at least three metres away from the curb face of a roadway, signs promoting the same candidate, issue or question must be at least 20 metres apart from each other and signs can’t be placed in vehicle travel lanes like a paved shoulder.
Someone found placing a sign illegally could be handed a $250 fine.
Special mail-in ballots available
Another thing to keep in mind is that special mail-in ballots are now available for those who are eligible to vote but won’t be able to use advance voting or able to vote on election day.
A person able to use a special mail-in ballot can be someone who is physically unable to vote on election day or through advance vote, will be absent from the city or is an election worker, candidate, official agent or scrutineer at a voting station.
Voters can make the request for the service right until election day with packages available starting Sept. 22. The packages must be completed and received by the elections and census office by 7 p.m. on election day in order for them to count.
There’s currently 86 candidates who have put forward their intention to run in October.
Another quick point is the city needs roughly 3,000 workers to help make the election happen. Those wishing to work during the election can visit the city’s website here.