Public health protocols and Wetaskiwin’s Municipal Election

The COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of the Delta variant has called many events into question this year, especially with the implementation of the Restrictions Exemption Program, or REP.

Thankfully, COVID-19 will not delay Wetaskiwinites in expressing their democratic right to vote, however, voting may look a little different this year.

Current public health measures require that all individuals coming to vote on advanced voting days as well as election day wear a mask, unless an exemption has been provided. Given that the Restrictions Exemption Program does not apply for election, all voting facilities will also be operating at 1/3 (one-third) capacity to allow for social distancing to ensure the safety of voters and election workers.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you are required to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms or until they are gone (whichever is longer), or until you test negative. Special Ballots have been made available for those who are isolating or otherwise sick, have mobility issues, or who will be out of town during the advance votes and on Election Day (Oct. 18). More information about the Special Ballots can be found below.

Advance Voting

Those who may be concerned about protecting their health on Election Day have other options to vote —specifically, the advance voting days or requesting a special ballot.

This year, Wetaskiwin will have two separate days for advance votes to be cast.

Advance Vote No. 1 Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Memorial Arts Centre (5206 50 St., Wetaskiwin) Note: masking guidelines must be followed and operations will proceed at one-third capacity.

Advance Vote No. 2 **DRIVE THRU ONLY** Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 from noon until 5 p.m. at the East Fire Hall: Station 2 (4710 45 St., Wetaskiwin. Note: This advanced polling location will be drive thru only for the convenience of the voters and the safety of the workers.

Election Day: Monday, Oct. 18

Voting stations on election day (Oct. 18) will be open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the following locations:

Memorial Arts Centre (5206 50 St., Wetaskiwin)

Drill Hall (4519 50 Ave., Wetaskiwin) NOTE: Despite the implementation of the REP at this location, vaccination passports will not be required in order to vote at this location, or any locations that might or have implemented the REP prior to Election Day.

Special Ballots

Those who are unable to vote during election day or during the advance polls may be eligible to vote by special ballot.

Eligible voters for the City of Wetaskiwin 2021 Municipal Election can request to vote using a Special (mail-in) Ballot if they are unable to vote at the Advance Vote (Oct. 13, 2021, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. or Oct. 16, 2021, from noon until 5 p.m.) or at a voting station on Election Day (Oct. 18, 2021) because they are:

  • physically incapacitated (this includes anyone required to isolate due to COVID-19 symptoms)
  • out of town and unable to physically visit the local poll stations
  • An election worker, candidate, official agent, or scrutineer located at a voting station other than the one for their designated place of residence

Special ballots can be requested by calling the City of Wetaskiwin Elections Office at (780) 361-4409 or emailing administration@wetaskiwin.ca before 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15. Completed Special Ballots must be returned to Wetaskiwin City Hall, either in-person or by mail by 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18. They will not be accepted at any of the polling stations.

For more information about voting in Wetaskiwin’s 2021 Municipal Election, visit http://wetaskiwin.ca/238/2021-Municipal-Election