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Drive-thru voting opportunities available for first time

FORT MCMURRAY (660 NEWS) – Those looking to vote in next month’s municipal election and referendums will be able to do so via a drive thru.

The list of advance voting opportunities and election day voting stations for municipal and school board elections is now available.

The advance voting period will run from Oct. 1 to 15. A list of dates, times, and locations will be advertised in future mailouts and in the Fort McMurray Today newspaper and is available on the RMWB website. Election Day is Oct. 18.

Eligible voters in all wards may vote at any station during advance voting and on election day.

In accordance with provincial rules, all voting stations will be limited to one-third of the fire code capacity.

Health and safety measures will include physical distancing, hand sanitizing stations and cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.

Drive thru voting opportunities:

For the first time in RMWB history, drive thru voting will be offered as an option. The drive thru voting locations will be at Centerfire Place and the Oil Sands Discovery Centre on Monday, October 4 and again on Tuesday, October 12, between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists will not have to leave their vehicles to vote and will be directed by signage and onsite election officials through the process.

There are 11 positions on RMWB Council: the mayor, who is elected at large, and 10 councillors, who are elected under a ward system as follows:

Ward 1 (Fort McMurray) – 6 Councillors

Ward 2 (Fort Chipewyan, Fort Fitzgerald, Fort McKay) – 2 Councillors

Ward 3 (Draper, Saprae Creek Estates) – 1 Councillor

Ward 4 (Anzac, Conklin, Gregoire Lake Estates, Janvier) – 1 Councillor

Ward 4 was officially awarded by acclamation to returning Councillor Jane Stroud.