Image result for youth voteThe Whitehorse Municipal election is just around the corner, on October 18. Like in any election, it can be hard to know where to find the most accurate information about the candidates, about how to vote and about why it matters so our team at BYTE has put together your quick and easy cheat sheet for the upcoming elections. Here’s what you need to know:

When to vote: Election day is Thursday, October 18th. Polls will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (there are a few exceptions that can be found here.)

Where to vote: Polling stations are located at Vanier Secondary School, the Main YG building, KDCC, City Hall, Transportation Museum, Copper Ridge Place, Yukon College, Church Hall, Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House, Macaulay Lodge, Whitehorse General Hospital, Birch Lodge, Corrections Centre and Whistle Bend Place. You can visit any polling station that is most convenient for you! For more specifics (i.e. addresses and room numbers) check out the City of Whitehorse’s page here.

Who can vote: You must be a Canadian citizen, 18 years of age or older and resident of the City of Whitehorse to vote.

What to pack: When heading to the polls you’ll need to pack your picture I.D. This I.D. must show your birth date and confirm a residential address. Your driver’s license and general identification card will work!

No picture I.D.? No problem! If you don’t have picture I.D. you just need to bring two pieces of other I.D. At least one will need to show your age and the other will have to confirm your address. Health cards, birth certificates, fishing and hunting license, status cards, lease agreements, credit card statements, banks statements, police record check, vehicle insurance and bills with your name and address on it.

Can’t confirm your current address? You can bring a piece of mail that confirms your last permanent address or contact the Election Office at City Hall or call 668-8611 for more information. You can also fill out a form on at the polling stations vouching for your own address. If you’re still not sure, stop by our office – anyone at BYTE who can help you find the answers you’re looking for!

What are we voting about? When we vote in municipal election we are voting for the Mayor of Whitehorse and 6 City Councillors. Your municipal government makes decisions on issues like sewage and waste management, housing and homelessness, recreation in the City, parks and trails, facilities like the Canada Games Centre, transit, bylaw services, fire services and much more.

Why does it matter? There is a vicious cycle where youth don’t vote because candidates don’t speak to us, candidates don’t speak to us because youth don’t vote…so let’s prove them wrong! Affordable housing, ending homelessness and better transit continue to be big issues that are important to young people who want to want to live, work, play and afford to live in the City of Whitehorse and many of the candidates are proposing solutions to some of these issues. Let’s make youth issues and voices impossible to ignore.

Who the heck is running? There are five candidates running to be our next mayor: current Mayor Dan Curtis, Wilf Carter, Rick Carp, Colin Laforme and Kelly Suits.

There are 20 candidates running for City Councillor: Steve Roddick, Jan Stick, Laura Cabott, David Laxton, Andrew Smith, Cory Adams, Roslyn Woodcock, Mike Gladish, Samson Hartland, Betty Irwin, Oshea Jephson, Jim Cahill, Eileen Melnychuk, Danny MacDonald, Darrell Hookey, Scott Etches, Jocelyn Curteanu, Dan Boyd, Kim Lisgo and Leonard Boniface.

You can visit the campaign pages of each candidate by clicking on their names above or visit our friends at GiveaShitAboutWhitehorse for more news!

Not in town on Election Day? We’ve got you covered! You can vote in the advanced polls on Thursday, October 11 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at City Hall or at the Canada Games Centre and at the Canada Games Centre from 8:00 am to 8:00pm on Saturday, October 13.

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You can choose to have someone vote on your behalf. To do this you must choose an eligible voter who can head to the polls on your behalf and fill out this proxy application form. You can find all the rules of proxy voting on that application form as well!

Not eligible to vote but still want to have your say? You don’t have to be 18 to have an important voice in our elections! Choose a candidate you support and volunteer for them. Help get out the vote on election day by reminding the voters in your life to head to the polls. Talk with the voters in your life about the issues that are important to you. Snap, tweet, instagram and share your thoughts on social media. Let Whitehorse know what #WhitehorseYouthWant.

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