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.
Poll workers have been trained on how to assemble ballot boxes to be used during voting in the municipal by-elections being held next month. Advance voting takes place Saturday, April 25, with the election on Monday, May 4. Polls will be open both days from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. From left: tabulation machine operators Sylvia Coughlin and Barbara Kennedy assemble a ballot box. The two will work at polling stations during the by-election in Fredericton.
Chief electoral officer Michael Quinn signed the 49 writs of election which officially began the provincial general election scheduled for Sept. 22. Elections New Brunswick opened its returning offices across the province today.
Elections NB is teaming up with Northumberland Cooperative Dairy to promote the September provincial election. Starting this month, Northumberland will carry a message on the side panel of its two-litre milk cartons reminding New Brunswickers of the Sept. 22 election. The message will appear on thousands of two-litre milk cartons during the six-week campaign. This is the third time the dairy has collaborated with Elections NB to encourage voters to go to the polls. In the photo: Jack Christie, general manager of Northumberland Cooperative Dairy.
Today was the first training session for returning officers, election clerks and training officers hired to conduct the September provincial election. The classroom-based training in Fredericton is in preparation for the Sept. 22 provincial general election. This training will take place over the next three weeks. Elections NB expects to hire and train more than 5,000 people to work at the 625 ordinary and advance polling stations and 49 returning offices that will be set up the election.
At the Disability Awareness Week breakfast held in Fredericton on Tuesday, June 3, Elections New Brunswick showcased the audio vote system that will be available at the 50 returning offices across the province during the fall provincial election. The technology features a braille controller, paddles as well as a sip-n-puff option, which will allow voters with disabilities to cast a ballot independently. From left: Assistant Chief Electoral Office David Owens and Paul Harpelle, director of communications, Elections New Brunswick.
Michael Quinn, chief electoral officer, visited the Fredericton and Saint John campuses of the University of New Brunswick to explain plans by Elections NB to increase the number of students who will vote in the Sept. 22 provincial election. Quinn is shown at the Saint John campus, explaining that students will have two options: voting for a candidate in their home riding; or voting for a candidate in the riding where they live while attending university.
In preparation for the general provincial election in September, 20 returning officers and clerks participated in a training session in Fredericton today. It was the final in a series of training sessions held across the province over the past 3 weeks. A major focus of the one-day sessions has been familiarizing the returning officers and clerks with new electoral districts, which have been redrawn for the 2014 provincial election. In photo, Craig Astle, director of operations with Elections New Brunswick, goes over the tasks to be performed over the next few months by the returning officers and clerks.
Preparations are underway at Elections New Brunswick for the next provincial general election in about eight months. The various materials required for returning offices and polling locations across the province are being assembled at the Elections New Brunswick warehouse for shipping in early August. Voters go to the polls on Sept. 22. The photo shows Elections New Brunswick employees Chris Gloade and Jason Brown assembling the pallets containing the materials.
Grade 9 students at Oromocto High School learned the basics about voting in a provincial or municipal election during a recent presentation by Elections NB. They were given the opportunity to experience voting first-hand using a demonstration ballot.
More than 20 students from the two high schools in the provincial riding of Kent will be working at the polls during the April 15 byelection. The students from Bonar Law Memorial High School and Ėcole Clement Cormier are participating in a program supported by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Front row, from left: Peter Simon; Andrea Leger, Kent Returning Officer; Micah Carruthers. Back row, from left: Roger LeBlanc, Elections New Brunswick training officer, and students, Dawson Warman; Vennesa Steinmann; Natasha Daigle and Brodie Theriault.