Lethbridge Minute: Election Day, Referendum Day, and How To Vote
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This Week In Lethbridge:
It’s finally municipal election day! Here in Lethbridge, you can vote from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Don’t know where to vote? You can find your local voting location here, but Lethbridge is also trying out a “vote anywhere” system this year, meaning you can show up at any of the voting locations. Find more general information about Lethbridge’s two municipal referenda look here and here.
To help you decide on how to vote, check out the Councillor Survey page on our website, where a whole bunch of candidates have responded to our detailed policy questions. A very hearty thank you to all those candidates who took the time to fill out the survey!
- Finally, when you go to vote you will also be given a provincial ballot with questions about Equalization, Daylight Savings Time, and the provincial Senate election. Our friends at Project Confederation have done a great job summarizing the Equalization debate. You’re not required to mark your municipal ballot for your provincial votes to count, and vice versa.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
- Drive-thru advanced polling was apparently all the rage during this year’s municipal election. According to the City, over a span of just three days, nearly 4,000 people showed up to vote in the advanced drive-thru polling offered at Exhibition Park. The drive-through initiative was so popular that City officials have opted to use it during today's election day voting too.
- With 30 overdoses over the first seven months of 2021, there’s no easy answer to the opioid crisis which continues to grip our community. How future Councillors go about remedying Lethbridge’s underlying social challenges is sure to be one of the top contentious issues facing the next Council.
- University of Lethbridge neuroscience professor, Dr. Robert McDonald, says the province is asking the wrong question when it comes to this year's Daylight Savings referendum. He says a constant Standard Time is preferable because of your ‘natural body clock’ - set by the light-dark cycle - being much closer to the ‘societal clock’. What do you think? How are you voting?
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