Saturday, Oct. 5 was the first advance vote date for the 2013 municipal election and 325 electors cast their ballots.
Advance voting takes place at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery (4525 47 A Ave.) from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. each day listed below.
Eligible voters are able to vote at the advance vote for the following offices: the office of mayor (one position), councillor (eight positions), public school trustee (seven positions) and Catholic school trustee (five positions).
Running for mayor are William Horn, Cindy Jefferies, Chad Mason, Dennis Trepanier and Tara Veer.
Running for council are Jerry Anderson, Bettylyn Baker, Terry Balgobin, Bob Bevins, Buck Buchanan, Matt Chapin, Steve Coop, Garry Didrikson, Serge Gingras, Calvin Goulet-Jones, Tanya Handley, Paul Harris, David Helm, Lloyd Johnson, Ken Johnston, Tim Lasiuta, Lawrence Lee, Dan McKenna, Victor Mobley, Dennis Moffat, Lynne Mulder, Ben Ordman, Janella Spearing, Troy Wavrecan, Jonathan Wieler, Frank Wong, Dianne Wyntjes, Darren Young and Calvin Yzerman.
For public school trustee, candidates include Bill Christie, Shari Hanson, Kerri Kenworthy, Lianne Kruger, Dick Lemke, Dianne Macaulay, Bev Manning, Ben Ordman, Cathy Peacocke, Kurt Spady, Bill Stuebing, Jim Watters, Milt Williams and Raymond Yaworski.
For Catholic school board trustee, candidates include David Bouchard, Murray Hollman, Adriana LaGrange, Cory Litzenberger, Guy Pelletier, Brandie Towers and Anne Marie Watson.
The remaining advance vote dates for the election are Oct. 11-12, 18-19 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.
As to a summary of the advance vote compared to past year, this compares to 2010 1,104 people (five day total); 2007: 854 people (five day total) and 2004: 744 people (five day total).
To be eligible to vote, an elector must be at least 18 years old, a Canadian citizen, have resided in Alberta for the last six consecutive months immediately preceding election day (since April 21, 2013) and a resident of the city of Red Deer on election day. New this year, voter identification must be shown prior to voting that establishes both the elector’s name and current address.
A full list of authorized identification is available at www.reddeer.ca/reddeervotes.
For more information about the election, including a map of voting stations, call the City of Red Deer at 403-342-8132 or visit www.reddeer.ca/reddeervotes.