Lake Country mail ballots proceed

Lake Country wants to make it easier for people to vote, even if they’re not in town.

Lake Country wants to make it easier for people to vote, even if they’re not in town.

Council is proposing changing the date for mail ballot registration from Oct. 1 to Sept. 1 during an election year.

“They can vote by mail now but the way it’s stipulated in the legislation, there’s hardly enough turn around time (before the election),” said Mayor James Baker.

“This change would give them a longer period.”

Non-resident electors and residents who may not be in town for an election have to register with the district so a ballot is mailed to them.

There were some complaints during the 2011 election that residents had insufficient time to return their ballots before the polls closed.

“A lot of people are in Arizona or wherever and they want to vote,” said Baker.

The goal behind amending the registration date is to make voting more accessible for people who will not be in the community for the election, and Baker says that is important given decreased voter turnout.

“We need to try and get them any way we can,” he said.

The voting amendment bylaw must still be adopted by council.

The next municipal election is in November 2014.