Where to Vote
You can find your designated polling location at My Voter Info. Voter Information Cards were mailed out to eligible voters mid-October. If you didn’t receive a card or if you want to confirm your polling location, visit My Voter Info.
Who Can Vote?
You are eligible to vote if you meet the following criteria as of November 9, 2020:
- You are a Canadian citizen and at least 18 years of age on the day of the election
- You have you resided in Saskatchewan for at least six consecutive months
- You are a resident of Regina or you have owned assessable land within the municipality for at least three consecutive months
A voter must vote in the city ward and public school board subdivision in which they reside; or must be the owner of assessable land situated in the municipality.
What do I Need to Vote?
When you go to vote, you must bring either:
- a government-issued photo ID that shows your name and address
- or two pieces of government-issued ID - one that shows your name and another that shows your name and address.
Acceptable forms of identification include those issued by the Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan, a municipality or a government agency.
Because the City of Regina doesn’t maintain a voters list, all eligible voters are required to fill out a registration form. You can either complete your Voter Registration Form ahead of time and bring it with you to make your voting experience quicker, or forms will be available to fill out at the polling stations.
Ways to Vote
We offer many ways to make voting easy and accessible:
- Regular Polls: On Election Day, November 9, Regular Polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The City will be offering free transit on Election Day.
- Advanced Polls: Anyone can vote early at Advanced Polls. Advanced Polls take place November 2, 3 and 4. Learn more about Advanced Poll locations throughout the city.
- A drive-through polling station is also available at City Hall, November 2, 3 and 4.
- Mobile Polls (Vote in Residence): Voters who are unable to visit a polling station due to disability or limited mobility can apply to have a representative come to them to cast their vote. Mobile Polls take place Monday, November 2 to Monday, November 9. The deadline to apply is Monday, October 19.
- Special Polls: Voters in hospitals, senior centres or special care facilities are able to take advantage of our Special Polls stations.
- Mail-in Ballots: All eligible voters have the option to apply to mail in their ballot. Voters can now apply by email, mail, fax or in person at the Election Office. Ballots must be received at the Elections Regina Office before 8 p.m. on Election Day.
How to Vote & What to Expect at the Polls
Elections Regina is following all SHA Public Health Orders and have organized the polls around these guidelines.
Voters are encouraged to wear a mask at the polls, however they are not mandatory. Masks will be mandatory for Election Officials working the polls.
Other precautions put in place at the polling stations are:
- hand sanitizing stations when entering and exiting the polling station
- sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, masks and voting screens for Election Officials
- shared surfaces cleaned after each voter (tables, pens, secrecy sleeves, etc.)
- social distancing markers to promote six feet apart
- screening voters as they come in via questionnaire
If someone doesn’t pass the screening at the door, they will be offered a curbside vote. An election official will then bring their ballot outside and conduct their vote from their vehicle or the sidewalk.
On Election day, all separate schools hosting election polls will be closed to students and staff. Some public schools will remain open with safety protocols in place to accommodate the students. All schools without polling stations will remain open.
Public schools that will be closed to students & staff:
- Dr. A.E Perry School
- MacNeil School
- Imperial School
- Arcola School
- Dr. George Furgeson
- Henry Braun
- W.F Ready School
- Wilfred Walker
Public schools that will remain open with safety protocols in place accommodate the students & staff:
- Wascana Plains School
- W.S Hawrylak
- Martin Collegiate
- Ecole Harbour Landing
- Gladys Mcdonald
Frequently Asked Questions
Everything you need to know about voting in the municipal/school board election.
When is Election Day?
Monday, November 9, 2020. Polling stations open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
How do I know where to vote?
Find the polling station designated for your address at My Voter Info and watch for your Voter Information Card. Cards will be mailed to eligible voters mid-October.
What is a Voter Information Card?
A Voter Information Card informs voters where and when to vote. Voter information cards will be mailed out to residents in October. If you don’t receive a voter information card, you can visit My Voter Info or call the Elections Regina office.
Do I have to be registered to vote?
If you are eligible to vote, you must complete a Voter Registration Form. You can either complete your form ahead of time and bring it with you to make your voting experience quicker, or forms will be available to fill out at the polling stations.
Are polling stations accessible?
Yes. All polling stations are accessible to persons who use mobility-assisted devices.
Will the City offer free transit services on Election Day?
Free bus transit will be available for both conventional and Paratransit users on Election Day, including your return trip.
What can I expect when I go to my polling place to vote?
Once the election official(s) have accepted your voter registration form, you will be given a single ballot. You are eligible to vote for:
1) Mayor, Councillor and either Public School Board Trustee or Separate School Board Trustees; or
2) Mayor and Councillor only*.
You may only vote for one candidate in each category unless you are voting for Separate School Board Trustees, in which case you may vote for up to seven candidates.
When you receive the ballot, fill in the oval beside your candidate of choice. Do not mark more than one space in each category unless you are voting for Separate School Board Trustees.
When you are finished marking your ballot, you will first place it in the “secrecy sleeve” provided to you to ensure all votes are confidential, then insert it into the vote tabulating machine.
*If you have lived in Saskatchewan for at least six consecutive months immediately preceding Election Day but have only owned land in this municipality for at least three consecutive months immediately preceding Election Day and do not reside in this municipality, you are not eligible to vote for a school board trustee.
What is a ward?
A ward is the district of the municipality in which you live. Voters are assigned to a polling area within their ward, determined by their address.
How do I know who’s running in my ward?
As candidates are approved throughout the nomination period (September 22 to October 7), their profiles will be posted under Who’s Running? You can also visit My Voter Info to see your specific candidates.
Can I vote in a ward/school division other than my own?
What if I can’t vote on Election Day/can’t get to my polling location?
To make voting easy and accessible, we offer several ways to cast a ballot that fit your schedule and unique needs. View Ways to Vote for all the accessible options.
I’m a Regina voter living abroad. Can I vote?
The only way you can vote from abroad is if you apply for a mail-in ballot in person before leaving.
Can I vote if I don’t have a fixed address?
If you have no fixed address, you can fill out a Certification of Identity and Residence Form and get it signed by an administrator at a shelter such as the YMCA or Salvation Army. You will then be able to vote in the same ward as the shelter by bringing that form as one piece of required ID plus another piece of ID.
I have been away from my residence in Regina for my work as a member of the Canadian Forces or as the spouse/dependent of a member of the Canadian Forces. Can I vote?
Yes. You are considered a resident of the last place you resided before your service.
I have been away from my residence in Regina to study at an educational institution outside Saskatchewan. Can I vote?
Yes. Until you complete or abandon your studies, you are considered a resident of the place in which you resided immediately before leaving to pursue studies.
How will votes be tabulated?
Vote tabulating machines will be located at each polling station. When a voter places her/his ballot in the vote tabulating machine, the machine deposits it into an attached sealed ballot box. When polls close, the final count from each machine is transmitted remotely from each polling station to Elections Regina. Voting results will be made live starting at 8 p.m. on Election Day (November 9). The Chief Returning Officer will make an official declaration of results at 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2020.
What happens in the event of a tie?
In the event of a tie, the Returning Officer will: write the names of the tied candidates on separate blank sheets of paper of equal size, colour and texture; fold the sheets in a uniform manner and so the names are concealed; deposit them in a receptacle; direct a person to withdraw one of the sheets. Whichever tied candidate’s name is on the drawn sheet shall be declared elected.
What happens to the ballots after the election?
The ballots remain sealed in a secure location for a period of three months, after which they are destroyed.