Frequently Asked Questions



For Candidates


Thinking about running in the 2016 Municipal/School Board Elections in Regina? Everything you need to know is in our “Information for Candidates” section.


For Voters


Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Polling places open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Find the polling place designated for your address at “My Voting Info” and watch for your Voter Information Card – we’ll be mailing those to eligible voters between Monday, September 26 and Friday, September 30, 2016.

Yes. All polling places are accessible to persons who use mobility-assisted devices.

As of October 26, 2016:

Are you a Canadian citizen and at least 18 years of age?
Have you resided in Saskatchewan for at least six consecutive months?
Are you a resident of Regina or have you owned assessable land within this municipality for at least three consecutive months?

Then you’re eligible to vote. (Review the formal legislation)

If you are eligible to vote, you must complete a voter registration form.

Avoid line ups at the poll:

  1. Download a voter registration form
  2. Fill it out at home
  3. Bring the completed voter registration form to the poll
  4. Bring government-issued photo ID that clearly shows your name and address (see below)

Voter registration forms will also be available at all polling locations.

When you go to vote, bring either:

Government-issued photo ID that shows your name and address
OR
Two pieces of ID: one that shows your first & last name and one that shows your first & last name plus your address.

Acceptable forms of identification include those issued by the Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan, a municipality or a government agency.

View this list of acceptable forms of identification

A VIC informs voters where and when to vote.

VICs will be mailed to eligible voters between Monday, September 26 and Friday, September 30, 2016.

When you go to vote, bring either:

Government-issued photo ID that shows your name and address
OR
Two pieces of ID: one that shows your name and another that shows your name and address.

Acceptable forms of identification include those issued by the Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan, a municipality or a government agency. View this list of acceptable forms of identification

Once the election official(s) have accepted your voter registration form, you will be given a single ballot. You are eligible to vote for:

1) Mayor, Councillor and either Public School Board Trustee or Separate School Board Trustees;
or
2) Mayor and Councillor only*.

You may only vote for one candidate in each category unless you are voting for Separate School Board Trustees, in which case you may vote for up to seven candidates.

When you receive the ballot, fill in the oval beside your candidate of choice. Do not mark more than one space in each category unless you are voting for Separate School Board Trustees.

When you are finished marking your ballot, you will first place it in the “secrecy sleeve” provided to you to ensure all votes are confidential, then insert it into the vote tabulating machine.

* If you have lived in Saskatchewan for at least six consecutive months immediately preceding Election Day but have only owned land in this municipality for at least three consecutive months immediately preceding Election Day and do not reside in this municipality, you are not eligible to vote for a school board trustee.

A ward is the district of the municipality in which you live. Voters are assigned to a polling area within their ward, determined by their address.

As candidates are approved over the nomination period (September 6-21), their profiles will be posted under ‘Who’s Running?’ at ElectionsRegina.ca.

Use the “My Voting Info” section of the website to see your specific candidates.

No.

To make voting easy and accessible, we offer several ways to cast a ballot. Visit ‘How Do I Vote’ for all the accessible options.

The only way you can vote from abroad is if you are able to apply for a mail-in ballot in person before leaving. Find information on mail-in ballots under ‘How Do I Vote’.

If you have no fixed address, you can fill out a “Certification of Identity and Residence” form (downloadable and available from the Elections Regina office) and get it signed by an administrator at a shelter such as the YMCA or Salvation Army. You will then be able to vote in the same ward as the shelter by bringing that form as one piece of required ID plus another ID. (View this list of acceptable forms of identification)

Yes. You are considered a resident of the last place you resided before your service.

Yes. Until you complete or abandon your studies, you are considered a resident of the place in which you resided immediately before leaving to pursue studies.

Vote tabulating machines will be located at each polling location. When a voter places her/his ballot in the vote tabulating machine, the machine deposits it into an attached sealed ballot box. When polls close, the final count from each machine is transmitted remotely from each polling location to Elections Regina. Voting results will be made live starting at 8 p.m. on Election Day (October 26). The Chief Returning Officer will make an official declaration of results at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2016.

In the event of a tie, the returning officer will: write the names of the tied candidates on separate blank sheets of paper of equal size, colour and texture; fold the sheets in a uniform manner and so the names are concealed; deposit them in a receptacle; direct a person to withdraw one of the sheets. Whichever tied candidate’s name is on the drawn sheet shall be declared elected.

The ballots remain sealed in a secure location for a period of three months, after which they are destroyed.


For Job Seekers


Check out the “Work With Us!” section for all current positions.

We need reliable people to staff polling stations on Election Day, as well as to cover Advance Polls, Special Polls, and Mobile Polls. Positions include Issuing Deputy Returning Officers, Receiving Deputy Returning Officers, Supervisors, Poll Clerks, and people on stand-by.

Just the ability to work long hours.

You can apply online here