REGINA, March 17, 2016 /CNW/ - A personalized Voter Information Card (VIC) is now in the mail to each registered voter in Saskatchewan.
"The Voter Information Card, or VIC as we call them, is an administrative tool for us, and an important card for all voters in Saskatchewan," says Dr. Michael Boda, Chief Electoral Officer of Saskatchewan. "It contains the key pieces of information you need to vote—where, when and what ID to bring. Your VIC can also be used as a form of ID to prove your address."
The constituency boundaries have been changed since the 2011 provincial election. Voters may now live in a new constituency where boundary lines have moved and may now have a different assigned voting place. Some voters will have a shorter distance to their new voting place, while others will have a further distance to go.
"With the boundary changes, it is important to carefully check your VIC to see where you vote. It's also important to remember that advance voting is an option for all voters, and an advance voting location may be more convenient. Or you can vote in your constituency returning office during the office hours of operation," says Dr. Boda.
If you receive a VIC and all the information is correct, you are ready to vote. No action is required. Bring your VIC with you and your ID to vote to speed up the process.
If you receive a VIC and it has an error, call 1-877-958-8683 or you can update your information online at www.elections.sk.ca/voterregistration. If you include an email address, a new VIC will be emailed to you up until March 22.
If you're not on the voters list, you only have until March 22 to register online or by phone. On March 23, you can register in person at your constituency returning office.
If you're not on the voters list after March 23, you can still vote by registering in person on the day you go to vote, either during advance voting (March 29 to April 2) or on election day, April 4.
"Eligible voters can always register at their voting place when they go to vote. However, we recommend getting on the voters list ahead of time by registering. Bringing your VIC with you on election day or for advance voting makes your voting experience easier and faster," says Dr. Boda.
To vote in the April 4 provincial election you must:
- Be a Canadian citizen;
- Be at least 18 years old;
- Have lived in Saskatchewan for at least the six months before March 8, 2016.
Elections Saskatchewan is the province's independent, impartial, professional election management body. Given a mandate from the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly, it organizes, manages and oversees provincial electoral events, including the April 4, 2016 general election. Information for voters, workers, media, candidates and parties at www.elections.sk.ca.
SOURCE Elections Saskatchewan
Image with caption: "A sample of the Voter Information Card (VIC) for the April 4 Saskatchewan Election (CNW Group/Elections Saskatchewan)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160317_C8275_PHOTO_EN_645679.jpg
For further information: Tim Kydd, Senior Director, Outreach & Policy, Elections Saskatchewan, 306.537.9211, [email protected]