Community invited to help encourage voters to get out and vote

August 25, 2017

Community invited to help encourage voters to get out and vote

Strathcona County Election 2017

The right to vote is a fundamental democratic right that is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Voting is one of the easiest ways to participate in democracy and have a say in how your municipality is governed.

Did you know? Voter turnout in municipal elections is typically the lowest of any elections in Canada.

Of 66,468 eligible voters for the Strathcona County 2013 municipal election, only 24,838 (37.37 per cent) voted.

On Monday, October 16, 2017, eligible voters will elect the Mayor and eight ward Councillors for Strathcona County, and Board Trustees for Elk Island Catholic Schools and Elk Island Public Schools.

On September 18, candidates officially file nomination papers to run in Election 2017.

Leading up to this fall’s election, candidates will be doing their part to ensure voters know the platforms and are aware of the election. Strathcona County’s role is to conduct a neutral and impartial election. The County is offering some tools for the community to use to help boost excitement and awareness of Election 2017.

Individuals, businesses and community groups are invited to print the online Election 2017 poster and info sheets — or pick up a decal or poster from the Election Office — to distribute and post to help spread the word — VOTE!

The materials can be posted on a business, restaurant, or community organization door or window — wherever visible to boost awareness of Election 2017.

This grassroots involvement will complement the County’s advertising. Use of the tools is intended to support our community to “talk it up” in encouraging voters — like family, friends, colleagues and customers — to get out and vote.  

The voter engagement tools are available online. Limited printed decals and posters can be picked up at the Election Office located in the Strathcona County Community Centre, 3rd Floor, North Wing, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park — Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Phone: 780-400-2017.

More details about Election 2017 will be advertised and shared over the coming weeks. “Where to Vote” cards will be delivered to all Strathcona County households at the end of September. The card will include official candidates, your Election Day voting station, and advance voting details.

An online “Where to Vote” application is also available now for voters to locate their Election Day voting station.

Election 2017 information 

Make a plan to vote!

 

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Contact:

Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595