Polling site chosen for LPSD byelection

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March 12, 2015 8:15 AM

More details were announced regarding the upcoming Lloydminster Public School Division (LPSD) Board byelection to fill the trustee seat vacated by current MLA Colleen Young.

Lloydminster city council approved a polling site, the time and date of an advanced poll and the payment election workers will receive. The byelection will be done using paper ballots.

The poll will be held on April 22 at Barr Colony School, which was described in legislative services director Beth Kembel’s report as “accessible for anyone who has mobility challenges” and “will provide adequate parking for voters.”

“It’s hard to know what to expect, but we feel that we can handle all the voters in one location,” Kembel said.

Kembel said one deputy returning officer and four or five poll clerks will be overseeing the election. City council approved the payment of these officials. The deputy returning officer will make $220 on the day and the poll clerks will each take home $160, or $80 for a half-day of work. The officials will also be paid $35 for taking part in a two-hour training session.

The advanced poll will be open on April 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the front lobby of city hall.

There will be no election co-ordinator for the byelection, with staff from the city clerk’s office stepping in to fill that roll, which involves outlining the polling areas, hiring staff, overseeing advertising and other details surrounding the election.

“One or two of us will be involved in making sure that everything gets done,” Kembel said. “It just seemed more fiscally responsible for us to undertake those duties than to hire someone to do that for one polling location.”

Kembel said mail-in ballots wont be used for the byelection, but it will likely be an option in the future.

“We are gong to be doing a complete bylaw revamp for our election bylaw an that will include the option for mail-in ballots,” Kembel said. “It may take a while to put it all together, but certainly it will be in place for the 2016 election.”

Currently, there is nothing in place that requires candidates to disclose campaign contributions or spending. Kembel says that might be another election issue under review by the city.

“It may be something that we look at for the next municipal and school board election, but for right now we’ve never found that it’s a necessary item to bring forward,” she said. “At this time there is no bylaw or resolution for trustees or members of council to declare anything.”

The deadline for nominees to submit the necessary documentation to legislative services at city hall is March 18 at 4 p.m. Kembel says the city has yet to receive any nominations.

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