Elections Nova Scotia making it easy to vote
TRURO – Authorities are giving Colchester County residents every opportunity to vote in this fall’s provincial election.
© Matthew Veno - Truro Daily News
There are many ways voters can cast their ballot in next month's provincial election. Freda Hatfield, presiding officer for the Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River returning office, left, and Returning Officer Christine Blair say casting a vote is something everyone should do.
There are 12 different ways to cast a ballot for your favourite candidate or party, including several new ways.
Christine Blair, returning officer for the Truro/Bible Hill/Millbrook/Salmon River riding, said casting a ballot is something everyone should do.
“Your vote determines your government and is your choice to represent you in very, very important issues like health care, education, economic development and decides how your tax dollars are spent,” she said. “They are your voice, so in my opinion it’s important to exercise our right under the constitution because a lot of people don’t have that. We’re very fortunate in Canada.”
People will be able to vote in the Oct. 8 election in the traditional methods of going to the poll on election day or by casting a vote in an advance poll on Oct. 4 and 5.
Voters can also make their selection at anytime at any continuous poll – located in each returning office – in the province. The Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley office, looked after by Sharon O’Leary, is located on Lower Truro Road, while Lorraine Dawson’s Colchester North office is on Pictou Road between the Valley Crossroads intersection and the Highway 104 overpass.
Continuous poll votes can be cast anytime returning offices are open, which is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
Voters who are unable to leave their homes, but would like to cast a ballot can do so by contacting their returning office, which will send a team with a ballot box to your home to collect a vote.
Those teams will also be visiting hospitals for three days to collect votes from patients and their families and can return should they miss a patient for any reason.
Voters can also contact their returning office to have a ballot mailed to their home.
Nova Scotia residents who are out of the province can also cast their vote by mail and arrangements are also made for members of the military away on duty, those in correctional facilities and for those living in shelters.
Advance and regular poll ballots will look as they traditionally have with voters marking an X beside the candidate’s name and party.
Voters must write the candidate’s name and party on ballots cast in other methods.
“We just want people to know there are a lot of things ways people can vote to help encourage them to do so,” Blair said.
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