In preparation for local government elections in November, Elections New Brunswick is evaluating the accessibility of buildings it commonly rents as polling stations and returning offices during elections. A team of returning officers will travel the province this month, assessing the buildings and ranking them on various accessibility standards. In photo, Municipal Returning Officer Patti Nason counts and records the number of designated parking spaces for persons with a disability during a training exercise held in Fredericton on Tuesday.
Chief Electoral Officer Kim Poffenroth signs the writs for byelections on June 20 in the ridings of Miramichi Bay-Neguac and Southwest Miramichi-Bay du Vin.
Ballots required for the Sept. 24 provincial general election are almost ready for shipping to the 49 electoral districts. More than 700,000 ballots have been printed to ensure there are more than enough ballots for every eligible elector in the province. There are also extras for voters who make a mistake and require a second ballot, and for many first-time electors who are expected to cast ballots at the 18 campus voting stations during this election.
Chief Electoral Officer Kim Poffenroth applied the Great Seal of New Brunswick to all 98 writs required to start the 39th provincial general election. With the official start of the election, all 49 returning offices, and one satellite returning office opened to the public today. The election will be held on Monday, Sept. 24.
New Brunswick’s new Chief Electoral Officer, Kim Poffenroth, was officially sworn in during a ceremony held Tuesday morning at the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick. Poffenroth was appointed a legislative officer by Premier Brian Gallant last December and most recently served as Assistant Deputy Attorney General and Chief Legislative Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General. From left: Chris Collins, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, and Poffenroth.
Elections New Brunswick participated today in a Youth Governance Program offered to Grade 3 students in Saint John. A class from Princess Elizabeth School went to city hall to learn about the function of local government and the council. As part of their experience, Elections New Brunswick set up a mock polling station and allowed students to cast mock ballots. Paul Harpelle, director of communications and community outreach, also explained the role Elections New Brunswick plays in running municipal and provincial elections.
Municipal election training officers spent a day in Fredericton to attend a refresher course on election procedures. This is in preparation for the municipal byelections scheduled for November, as well as future byelections. Included in their one-day session is training on an updated model of the tabulation machine, which will be used in the polling stations as well as returning offices. Fourteen election officers took part in the training. In photo, at right, Craig Astle, director of operations at Elections NB, instructs election officers.