With the municipal and school board elections coming up Oct. 22, local electors are being asked to check the voters' list to make sure their name and other information is on there.
Fort Frances clerk and returning officer Lisa Slomke told the Times that as of yesterday (Sept. 4), eligible voters can check the list either by looking online at www.voterlookup.ca or by going to the Civic Centre.
“If they're not on it, we'll also have the forms available that they have to fill out in order to be added to the voters' list,” Slomke explained.
A person (or agent) wanting to make an application requesting that the person's name be added or removed from the voters' list, or that their information on the list be amended, must complete and file the prescribed form—available from Slomke during normal business hours (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)—from now until Friday, Oct. 12.
Electors living in other district municipalities where they're on the voters' lists should check with their respective clerks.
The municipal and school board elections in Fort Frances will utilize telephone/Internet voting, and those on the voters' list will receive voter information letters in the mail between late September and early October.
“InteliVote is our service provider and we're working closely with them,” Slomke noted.
“They've received information that there's a potential strike by Canada Post, I guess at the end of September, so they're putting everything in place,” she explained.
"If that should go ahead, all the letters will be distributed prior to that.
“If not, all of the letters will be distributed that first week of October,” Slomke said.
“They're keeping on top of the matter.”
In their letters, voters will get a Personal Identification Number (P.I.N.) specific to them, which they will use to vote in the election.
There will be no paper ballots for the local election this time around.
The letter also will include a phone number and website address.
The voter will be able to call the number or go to the website address to vote starting at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 15 and closing at 8 p.m. on Oct. 22.
Those who may be uncomfortable voting using the phone or a computer, or would like help to do so, will be able to come to the voter help centre set up at the Civic Centre beginning on Monday, Oct. 15 at 8:30 a.m.
The voter help centre will run Monday through Friday of that week (from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.), and again on Monday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
“We have staff available, and we'll also have laptops and phones here if people wish to come here to vote,” Slomke said.
“But they don't have to,” she stressed.
“They can vote from the comfort of their home, coffee shop, or the street corner on Scott and Portage if they so choose.”
Slomke said those without a computer at home always can come to the Civic Centre during the aforementioned times or use the computers at the public library—although the library won't have election staff there to help those who may need it.
“It's very simple and straightforward,” she said of the electronic voting process.
“If you get partway through [voting] and you decide you don't want to finish voting—say, you haven't decided the second race that's listed to do with your P.I.N.—then you can log out and go back in at a later date as long as you have voted by 8 p.m. on Oct. 22.”
More information related to the 2018 municipal and school board elections can be found on the town's website at www.fortfrances.ca/town/mayor-council/elections