Voters in Grande Prairie County are one week away from being able to attend advance polls in the 2021 municipal election, and the municipal returning officer believes they are making great strides in upgrading staff.

Grande Prairie County Returning Officer and General Service Manager Carol Gabriel says they are currently training election workers ready to run the municipal election as well as the Senate electoral vote. She says overall the process won’t be any different for voters, but it’s a little more complicated for staff.

“This is definitely my first election with these additional items, so it will be a challenge, but I hope everyone will be well prepared to serve our residents,” she said.

“It certainly made the process a little more complicated, it will take a little longer to count at the end of the night as well considering all these components.”

She says that while advance polls will be open across the region on October 13 and 16, most of the newly hired staff or volunteers will be occupied on election night, October 18.

“On election night, between four and six workers will typically be at each station, taking into account COVID-19 requirements and disinfection needs,” she adds.

“We have had a number of requests and we are completing everything with municipal employees to complete it… and we are also working with the school boards, we have an agreement to do a little sharing of resources,” she adds. .

The three advance polls in Grande Prairie County will be held at the Tara Center in Evergreen Park, the Hythe Legion and the Sexsmith Civic Center on Wednesday, October 13 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and October 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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