Lloydminster City Council approved March 18 to be nomination day and April 22 to be voting day for the byelection to fill MLA Colleen Young’s LPSD trustee seat, which has been vacant since Nov. 13, 2014.
“There’s a lot of stuff to be done behind the scenes between the end of nomination period and the actual election date,” said director of legislative services Beth Kembel. “Once we find out if we have more than one candidate nominated then we prepare to have the election. We put out dates of advanced polls, we hire our election workers and we get the ballots ready to go.”
Kembel says she is hopeful that voter turnout will be good, but added the by-election may be less of a priority for people who don’t have children in the LPSD.
“Voter turnout in the last general election and the byelections that we’ve had since haven’t been particularly high,” she said. “This, of course, is just a public school board election so that may narrow the voting interest if you don’t have children in school.”
Kembel says that people who identify themselves as Catholic on their Saskatchewan Declaration of Voter should refrain from participating in the byelection.
“Technically, if you’re of the Catholic faith you shouldn’t be voting for the public school division,” she said. “You’re supposed to vote for the the Catholic school division.”
Although the dates have been set, there will be another report presented at council’s next meeting on March 9 seeking approval of specific aspects of the election.
To qualify to be a nominee, one must be a Canadian citizen and resident of either Alberta or Saskatchewan and live in Lloydminster or the LPSD area. They must also be at least 18 years old on nomination day and they must submit the requisite documentation to Legislative Services at city hall in-person by 4 p.m. on March 18.