The City of Lloydminster has made some changes going into the 2020 municipal election for voter and those running for council.
On Monday, city council passed the 2020 Election Bylaw which featured three amendments.
Mail-in ballots were added to the bylaw to give access eligible voters who may be away or looking to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic during the election.
This will be available for advanced polling and on election day.
Mayor Gerald Aalbers said residents have been vocal about having different options to vote.
“I think people are looking for options that allow them to give them the most versatility to vote.”
Through the bylaw, the Returning Officer may also create drive-thru polling due to COVID-19 concerns.
The bylaw also states candidates must disclose campaign contributions of $250 or more from any person, entity or corporation.
City clerk, Doug Rodwell, was appointed Returning Officer upon approval of the Election Bylaw.
A returning officer is a person appointed to conduct an election under the Local Government Election Act, 2015.
City Administration currently working on additional election details such as the polling stations and the election officials’ remuneration and will be presented to Council for decision.
With some residents wondering about safety precautions heading to the polls, Aalbers mentioned the city clerk is working with Saskatchewan city clerks and the Chief Electoral Officer to ensure the safety of voters and workers.
“It may mean six-foot distancing, potentially, at the polling station. Speaking with the Lloydminster city clerk, there has been a lot of discussion about trying to accommodate as many people, as quickly as possible.”
Aalbers advises residents to stay tuned for the release of safety guidelines heading to the polls.
Along with bylaw changes, the City also announced Candidate nomination packages for the Lloydminster municipal and general election.
The Returning Officer will begin accepting official nominations on September 22nd.
This pertains to those seeking to run for City Council or as a Board Trustee for either the Lloydminster Public School Division or the Lloydminster Catholic School Division.
Anyone who looks to run has until 4 P.M. on October 7th to submit required paperwork.
Eligibility requirements can be found on the City’s website.
The Lloydminster municipal election is set for November 9th.