Public Service Announcement - Students & Military Personnel Eligible to Vote in Municipal Election
Students & Military Personnel Eligible to Vote in Municipal Election
MOOSE JAW - The Local Government Election Act (2015) indicates that students who are pursuing post-secondary education in Moose Jaw – including Saskatchewan Polytechnic students – are eligible to vote in the upcoming municipal election. The Act also indicates that a member of the regular force, special or reserve force is eligible to vote in the place where he or she is residing.
This is the first civic election in Moose Jaw where students and Military personnel are being “deemed” resident, as soon as they arrive in Moose Jaw. Students are deemed to be residents of Moose Jaw; it does not matter if they have moved to Moose Jaw from another town in Saskatchewan – or from another part of Canada.
This is new in The Local Government Election Act, 2015 Section 4, Subsection (8): “If a person leaves his or her place of residence in another province or territory of Canada to study at an educational institution in Saskatchewan, the person is deemed to have acquired an ordinary residence in Saskatchewan for the duration of his or her studies.”
A student at an educational institution in Moose Jaw who has moved to Moose Jaw to study, is able to vote if on the day of the election:
(a) is a Canadian citizen;
(b) is at least 18 years of age.
Students MUST prove residency in Moose Jaw. Their ID must show where they reside as a student in Moose Jaw, and that will be placed in the address section of the Voter Registration Form. Student Identification requirements are the same as any voter having to give evidence of residence and proof of identity.
The election official will stroke out the section on the Form where they must attest to living in Saskatchewan and Moose Jaw, and the word Student will be written. They are able to vote for the Public or Separate School; same process. Parallel provisions apply to recently-arrived military personnel.
Please see voter identification requirements on the City of Moose Jaw’s website www.moosejaw.ca for a complete listing of ID options, official Voter Guide, poll locator and candidate profiles.
It is important for students at Saskatchewan Polytechnic and military members from CFB 15 Wing to be aware of this change to legislation.
If you are unsure of where to vote on October 26, please enter your address on the online poll map to find out: http://apps.moosejaw.ca/election_2016/pollingplacelocator/ . Voting at all polls on October 26 will occur from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.
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