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.
Municipal returning officers and election clerks toured the Elections New Brunswick warehouse in Fredericton on Thursday. In March, the pallets containing equipment and supplies needed to run an election will be shipped to their returning offices as preparations continue for the May 2016 municipal elections.
Elections New Brunswick took delivery of 30 tons (more than 66,000 lbs) of paper at its warehouse this week. The paper will be used to print more than 1.6 million ballots for the municipal council, education council and health authority elections being held in May. A total of 544 different ballots styles will be required for all the different contests to be held. In photo, municipal chief electoral officer Michael Quinn checks out the pallets of blank ballet paper delivered to the Elections NB warehouse.
Officials from Elections New Brunswick participated in a career expo at Hampton Elementary School on Nov. 5. The voting process was explained to the students who then cast their ballots at a mock polling station set up in the school’s gymnasium.