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VOTER ID

Q:  Will I need identification to vote in my municipal election?

Q:  What types of identification can I use to prove my identity and proof of residence?

Q:  Can I use my passport to prove my identity?

Q:  I do not have a driver's licence, a passport or any other form of picture id.  Can I still vote?

Q:  What does "valid" documentation mean?

Q:  What if my ID only shows my mailing address?  Is that acceptable?

Q:  Can I vouch for more than one person? 

Q:  If I am vouched for by another person can I also be a voucher?

Q:  Can my candidate or his agent vouch for me?

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

Q: A member of Council has sold his property and no longer lives within the municipality. Is his seat automatically vacated?

Q: Can a rural municipality ratepayer who lives in one division and rents land in another division be a council candidate in the latter division?


VOTER ID 

Q:  Will I need identification to vote in my municipal election?

A:  Effective March 1, 2012, you will be required to provide proof of identity and proof of residence in order to cast a ballot in a municipal general election or a by-election.

Q:  What types of identification can I use to prove my identity and proof of residence?

A:  You can use one original piece of identification with your photo, name and address. It must be issued by a federal, provincial, or municipal government or government agency.  Most people may use their Saskatchewan Driver's Licence.  Non-drivers may obtain photo identification from Saskatchewan Government Insurance at little or no cost.

You can use two pieces of non-photo identification which contain your name.  At least one of those pieces must include your address.  The Local Government Election Regulations list acceptable forms of non-photo identification.  See link below to view that list. 

If you have no identification at all, you may be able to vote if you Take an oath and have a voter who knows you vouch for you (both of you will be required to make a sworn statement). This person must have authorized identification. This person can only vouch for one person and the person who is vouched for cannot vouch for another voter.

Q:  Can I use my passport to prove my identity?

A:  You can use your passport to provide proof of identity.  Because it does not contain your address, you will be required to provide at least one other form of identification which contains both your name and your address.

Q:  I do not have a driver's licence, a passport or any other form of picture id.  Can I still vote?

A:  Yes, persons who cannot produce one piece of valid photo identification can still vote if he or she:

  • produces two valid documents containing the elector's name, provided one of those documents includes the elector's address, or
  • if suitable documentation cannot be provided and the elector is accompanied by an elector entitled to vote at the same polling place who provides suitable evidence of their own identity and residence and vouches in writing for the person wishing to vote.

See link below to view the list of acceptable forms of non-photo identification.

Q:  What does "valid" documentation mean?

A:  To be deemed valid for the purpose of a municipal election, documents used for proof of identity and residence, a document must be current.

  • If the document contains an expiry date, such as your Saskatchewan Health Services Card, the document must not be expired.
  • If the document is issued annually, such as your income tax assessment notice, it must be dated within the year the election is being held.
  • If the document is issued monthly, such as a utility bill or a bank statement, it must be dated within 6 months.

Q:  What if my ID only shows my mailing address?  Is that acceptable?

A:  Yes, provided it is consistent with your Voter's Registration Form.  Regulations provide that a person's mailing address or box number on a piece of ID or information is acceptable if, in the opinion of the deputy returning officer, it is consistent with information about the person on the Voters' List or his/her Voter's Registration Form - this form will continue to be used to declare your eligibility to vote in the municipality.

This is to accommodate residents of northern, rural and smaller urban municipalities whose address on their identification may not be a civic address or legal land description.  

Q:  Can I vouch for more than one person? 

A:  Yes, but only if the persons vouched for are living at the same address as you and are related in one of ways set out in the regulations.

Q:  If I am vouched for by another person can I also be a voucher?

A:  No.  Voters who have been "vouched for" cannot vouch for another voter.

Q:  Can my candidate or his agent vouch for me?

No.  Candidates and anyone appointed as a candidate's agent for the election cannot vouch for a voter.

Q:  How can I be sure the personal information on the documents I show to the election officials will be kept safe and my privacy will not be breached? 

A:  Election officials need only to inspect documents as proof of identity and residence; they will not be recording the type of documents used or any information therein.   Election officials are required to sign an oath of office to maintain secrecy any personal or private information that may come before them during the election process.  Candidates and their agents may request to see the evidence provided by a person wishing to vote, however they are also required to sign an oath of secrecy.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

Q: A member of Council has sold his property and no longer lives within the municipality. Is his seat automatically vacated?
A:  There are different qualifications to become a council member in rural and urban municipalities (see below for Candidate Information).  If a member of council disposes of all property within the municipality and/or relocates to another, that member may be disqualified from serving on council and is required to resign immediately.  In the event that the member does not resign as required, the council or a voter may apply to the Court of Queen's Bench for a ruling on the matter.  There is no authority for a council to declare the seat vacant.

Q: Can a rural municipality ratepayer who lives in one division and rents land in another division be a council candidate in the latter division?
A:  Section 160.04 of The Local Government Election Act requires that council candidates be eligible to vote (see below for Voter Information) in the rural municipality, not just the division (see below for the map showing sample Rural Municipality Divisions) in which they seek office. Residency in the division, or for that matter within the RM, is not a determining factor with respect to nomination for office.


List of acceptable non-photo identification

Information for candidates, voters, newly elected officials, as well as election forms.

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For a complete list of acceptable identification view Appendix D - Table 1 page 109-111 of The Local Government Election Regulations.

This section of the website is designed to help voters understand what the acceptable types of voter identification are and help election officials understand and communicate voter identification requirements.

Why should you vote?  Your vote in a municipal election will impact the quality of life in your community, for more information on this and who can vote see this page.



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