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Are you a first-time voter? To prepare for the 2017 municipal election, we are giving out a quick tip each day for the next 12 days to give you "12 Ways in 12 Days" to help you through the voting process!

Preparing to Vote

Day 1: Review eligibility requirements to ensure you are eligible to vote. You must meet the following criteria in order to cast your ballot: 
    -At least 18 years old by the date of the election 
    -A Canadian citizen 
    -Have resided in the province of Alberta for at least six months by Election Day (since April 16, 2017) 
    -Live in the City of Grande Prairie on Election Day 
    -Have not already voted in the election
Day 2: Confirm which Voting Station you have to vote at. You’ll cast your ballot at a Voting Station based on your address. Each area of the city is divided into Voting Subdivisions with one Voting Station each. To find out which station you have to attend, type your address into the Grande Prairie Voting Locations map or call the Citizen Contact Centre at 780-538-0300.
Day 3: Bring appropriate identification requirements. A list of acceptable documents is available at the ‘Information for Voters’ page at cityofgp.com/election.

Get Informed on Your Vote

Day 4: Learn about current issues and priorities for the Mayor and Council by reviewing news itemsmeeting minutes and City Council’s Strategic Plan for 2015-2018. All of this information is easily available at cityofgp.com. You can even watch past City Council meetings on the City’s Youtube playlist! Decide what matters to you the most and what you’d like to see focused on.
Day 5: When you vote, you’ll be selecting: 
    -1 mayor 
    -8 councillors 
    -7 public school trustees 
    -5 separate school trustees
Check out the City of Grande Prairie website, Grande Prairie Public School District website and Grande Prairie Catholic School District website to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of each position. Use this information to assist you in deciding who you want to vote for.
Day 6: Familiarize yourself on the candidates who are running in the election. A list of declared candidates is available at cityofgp.com/election. Online search engines, local media outlets and social media are great ways to research candidates and help you get an understanding of whose views best match your own.

Frequently Asked Questions

Day 7: Can’t make it to the Voting Station on the day of the election? A variety of alternative options including Advance Voting, At-Home Voting and Special Ballot are available for those that meet their criteria. Visit cityofgp.com/election for more information on each.
Day 8: If you’re a student currently living in residence or renting, you can still vote in the election as long as you meet the eligibility requirements. Download and fill-out one of the special forms on cityofgp.com/election with your Residence Advisor or Landlord to make sure you have appropriate identification.
Day 9: You don’t have to pre-register to a voting list. The day of the election, you’ll just have to complete a quick Voter Registration Form at the Voting Station right before you cast your ballot.

Why Your Vote Matters

Day 10: Municipal government has the most direct impact on your day-to-day life. It’s the governing body that decides on everything from traffic lights to skate parks to performing arts centres to snow removal. Voting is a significant way to start shaping decisions around the things that matter to you the most and have a say in building the future you want to see in your community. 
Day 11: Politicians respond to the demographics who vote. By voting as a youth, you’re demonstrating that the younger generation is a powerful and involved part of community decision-making. According to the 2017 Economic Profile, 24% of Grande Prairie’s population as of 2016 was between the ages of 15-30 years old. Imagine the impact it would have on council’s direction if this demographic was the largest demographic to hit the polls. 
Day 12:  We are fortunate to live in a country with a democratic government where residents have the right to elect their representatives. It is important to exercise that right. Further, as the most diverse population, millennial participation in politics and government helps promote innovation, social responsibility and active citizenship.

Last updated: 10/2/2017 9:08:13 AM