Advance Polls begin Saturday, October 9

Medicine Hat – Advance Polls open in Medicine Hat this Saturday. Voters have a choice of location to cast their vote early:

  • Hockey Hounds Recreation Centre at 39 10 Street NE
  • Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Grandstand Banquet Room at 2055 21 Avenue SE

“Voters wanting to cast their 2021 ballot early have plenty of opportunity to do so in a safe manner,” said Angela Cruickshank, Returning Officer. “All polls are equipped with sanitizer and Plexiglas barriers and workers will frequently disinfect common touch points. Each voter will receive a personal ballot marker.”

Advance polls are open:

  • Saturday, Oct. 9: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 12: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 13: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 14: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 15: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 16: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Those requiring extra time or assistance are encouraged to vote in advance to utilize on-site services for the visually or hearing impaired.

More information can be found on the Voter Information page at, via telephone at 403-529-8221, or by email to

Special statement about Councillor Turner
The sudden and devastating news of Councillor Turner’s passing was received within hours of the printing deadline for the election ballot. The City immediately consulted external legal experts and was advised that authorization from Municipal Affairs would be required to remove Councillor Turner’s name from the ballot. The City contacted the Minister of Municipal Affairs Office seeking immediate and urgent authorization to remove Councillor Turner’s name from the ballot but was unable to obtain authorization due to the lack of time available to consider the request.

Therefore, the City of Medicine Hat municipal election ballot will include the late Councillor Turner’s name.

To protect the sanctity of the election process, the City has complied and will comply with all applicable legislation related to the election, including the requirement that notices be posted within voting stations indicating that Councillor Turner has passed away.

Many may consider voting for Councillor Turner as a way to honour him. If enough votes were cast that Councillor Turner was elected, it would force a by-election.

“As an alternative to this gesture, we encourage voters to make a donation to the Medicine Hat and District Foodbank, or a service club, causes that were close to his heart,” suggests Cruickshank. “Patience and understanding are appreciated during this challenging time. We offer our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and associates of Councillor Turner.”

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