Nov. 10, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Voter information cards for the Nov. 24 municipal by-elections in Grand Manan, Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël and Woodstock are expected to start arriving early this week.
More than 10,000 cards with the locations and times of advance and regular polls are being sent. Voters who don't receive a card may find their poll location on the Elections New Brunswick website; by calling the municipal returning officer for their community; or by calling the main office of Elections New Brunswick at 1-888-858-VOTE (8683), TTY: 1-888-718-0544.
The cards also tell voters if there is a contested election in their area. Candidates in municipal elections and by-elections are often elected by acclamation, in which case no polls are necessary. In the present round of byelections, Louis LeBlanc was elected by acclamation in Beaubassin East, Ward 2, and no candidates were nominated in Balmoral or Eel River Crossing.
Mike Quinn, municipal electoral officer, says that the cards are for voter convenience only, and while it is not necessary to have one in order to vote, bringing it will speed up the voting process.
"Each voter information card includes a unique bar code designed to speed up service for those voters who bring them to the polls," Quinn said. "They are part of an ongoing effort to streamline the voting process for this vote and for future elections.
"If an eligible voter does not receive a voter information card, this could mean that the individual is not on the current voters list, or perhaps on the list but not at his or her current address. Voters may have their names added to the voters list or update their voter information by contacting their municipal returning officer. As well, voters who are not on the voters list can be added at the polls."
Voters looking for more information may contact the returning office in Grand Manan at 506-662-7169; in Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël at 506-344-3397; in Woodstock at 506-325-4677; the Elections New Brunswick main office at 1-888-858-VOTE (8683) or TTY: 1-888-718-0544; or view the Elections FAQ section of the Elections New Brunswick website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Quinn, municipal electoral officer, Elections New Brunswick, 506-453-2218, email@example.com.