CST vs. MST: Voting in two different time zones

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October 30, 2014 9:37 AM

Depending on location, voters will have different polling times for the upcoming Lloydminster byelection. 

According to the Saskatchewan chief electoral officer, Michael Boda, residents of Lloydminster and area, who adhere to mountain standard time (MST), will be voting on election day from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., while the remaining part of the constituency who adhere to central standard time (CST) will vote from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 13.

On all proclamations, times will be written out in CST, according to Boda.

“That said, people in the city of Lloydminster will be voting in MST, that said the voting will be for the same length of time, but they will be
different hours,” he said.

“The proclamation will say all times in CST, and the voters’ guide will be articulated in CST.”

Boda said that Elections Saskatchewan is hoping to advertise the different time zone changes in advance of the vote on Nov. 13.

“Basically, we will be saying here are the advance polling dates and times in CST, and MST. They are the same, but according to your watch, they will be different depending on what time zone you adhere to,” said Boda.

Three advance polls will be conducted, from Nov. 6 to Nov. 10, in Pierceland, Paradise Hill and Lloydminster.

Pierceland and Paradise Hill will conduct their advance polls on CST, while Lloydminster will conduct their advance polls under MST.

Daylight standard time comes into effect, on Sunday, Nov. 2.

Lloydminster residents will turn clocks back an hour, along with the rest of Alberta. Saskatchewan clocks in the central time zone will stay the same.

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