Elections Manitoba announced advance voting options, dates and locations for next month’s provincial byelection in Thompson on May 12.
Residents of the electoral division who will be out of the region on election day June 7 and while advance voting is open from May 28 to June 4 can apply for absentee voting, either at the Thompson returning office or on the Elections Manitoba website. The deadline to apply is June 4 at 8 p.m. but potential absentee voters are encouraged to apply by May 31 to ensure enough time to receive and return their ballots.
Homebound persons who cannot go to a polling place due to a disability, as well as their caregivers, can apply to vote from home at the returning office or on the Elections Manitoba website. Applications must be received at the returning office by 8 p.m. on June 6.
Other support is also available to voters with disabilities, including language or sign language interpreters, braille ballot templates and large print lists of candidates. Assistive devices such as smartphone apps may also be used by voters with disabilities and they can also bring someone with them for assistance or ask a voting officer to help.
Advance voting will be available at the Thompson returning office in the Thompson Plaza every day from May 28 to June 4. Opening hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 6 p. m. on Sundays.
Advance voting will also be available on May 31 at the Churchill Town Centre Complex, the Fox Lake Cree Nation band office, the Paint Lake Fire Hall, the Pikwitonei empty teacherage trailer, the Split Lake community hall, the Wabowden Community Council office, the War Lake First Nation band office and the York Factory First Nation arena. Advance voting is available May 31 and June 1 at the Town of Gillam office and the Gilbert McDonald Arena in Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. Voting hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Voter information cards being sent out by Elections Manitoba will tell residents where their polling place is on election day. That information is also available on the Elections Manitoba website.