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Winnipeg civic election advance polls now open

Voters who’ve already made up their mind on who they’ll be supporting in the upcoming civic election can cast their ballots now.

Marc Lemoine, the city’s senior election official, stated in a press release Monday that there are 27 “vote-anywhere” locations where ballots will be able to be cast, including city hall, community centres, and malls.

Some run for a few days, while other locations for longer periods, like city hall, which will be open Mondays to Saturdays until Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a later schedule, 1 to 8 p.m., on two days: Sept. 30 and Oct. 8. There’s no voting on Thanksgiving Day, Oct. 13.

Those working downtown can vote at Winnipeg Square from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. until Wednesday, Oct. 1.

As for the malls, Polo Park and Kildonan Place will have advance voting this coming weekend, Oct. 3-5, starting at 11 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon on Sunday. Meanwhile Grant Park, Garden City and St. Vital Centre’s voting dates are Oct. 10-12, with the same start times.

Community centres will be open Oct. 14 to 16 from 3 to 8 p.m.

A detailed list of the 27 “vote-anywhere” locations can be seen at the election website: www.winnipeg.ca/clerks/election/election2014/AdvanceVoting.stm

Voters should bring with them photo identification that shows their current name and address, like a driver’s licence.

In the event that a voter does not have government-issued photo ID, two documents showing name and current address will be required.

Election officials also said there will be ballot marking devices and Braille templates offered to persons who have disabilities or are visually impaired. For more information, call 311.

Election day in Winnipeg is Oct. 22.

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