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So you like the idea of voting in the St. John’s byelection.
…But what does that matter if you don’t know anything about the candidates or the issues?
Here’s some information on what you need to do, and some links to help you get informed.
– The last day to vote is June 3.
– Usually what people do is cast their vote by mail. If you’re on the voters list you will have already received a little package with a ballot and a postage-paid envelope. If you don’t have one, call 311 and they’ll send you one. You won’t need one if you vote at city hall on June 3 or at what they call a “satellite drop-off spot“.
– You can vote if you’re 18 or older.
– You can vote if you have lived in St. John’s at least a month before election day (June 3)
– If you’re not already on the voters’ list, just bring a piece of mail with your name and address on it or a copy of your lease to city hall or one of the satellite drop-off spots on June 3.
– If you’re doing the vote-by-mail thing, send it off by May 30 or it won’t work.
HOW CAN I REALLY GET TO KNOW THEM?
What? Those flashy-but-not-much-on-them-of-substance websites don’t help?
Watch the debates on Rogers TV
Definitely a good way to get familiar with the candidates in a short amount of time.
Read Lionel West’s blog
No one pays attention to the nitty-gritty of city hall like Lionel. He’s been following council for years, and he says what he thinks about each of the candidates on the most recent entries.
Read The Telegram’s coverage
Tara Mullowney of The Telegram does a great job covering municipal politics. In today’s issue she published a detailed comparison of the two candidates for mayor. Check The Telegram’s latest news feed for more articles on the candidates.
Listen to the St. John’s Morning Show’s coverage
Deputy Mayor’s debate (real audio)
JUST THE FACTS MA’AM:
Official By-Election website
Go here for the nitty-gritty. Most importantly, you can see a list of the candidates, look up your ward, or find answers to some other questions I didn’t cover.
It’s not a website, but it’s a pretty useful way to get information about anything going on with the city. These folks can help you with any election questions you might have.