Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to sidebar news saskatoon More Distant polling station upsets City Park residents Charles Hamilton, The StarPhoenixÂ 09.29.2015 Michael Murphy, the president of the City Park Community Assocation, is concerned that the polling station for the upcoming federal election is located too far away from City Park. He poses here with his voter registration card at the entrance to City Park. Morgan Modjeski / the StarPhoenixShareAdjustCommentPrint Residents of Saskatoonâ€™s City Park neighbourhood hope a longer than usual trek to the polling station wonâ€™t keep voters away on election day. Many City Park voters will have to travel out of the neighbourhood and across Idylwyld Drive to Caswell School on Oct. 19 to cast their ballots. â€œUnfortunately, Caswell is some distance from City Park and inaccessible to people who donâ€™t drive,â€� said Michael Murphy, president of the of City Park community association. â€œHaving a polling station that far away will also deter people who would have otherwise voted.â€� Murphy, a long time resident of the area, said schools located in the neighbourhood have typically been used on previous election days. When he received his voter registration card this time, he noticed that for the first time heâ€™ll have to travel outside the area to vote. Heâ€™s not alone in his frustration. Bevin Bradley said while she and her husband will surely make the trek to Caswell Hill to vote on election day, she is concerned other people â€” especially those with mobility issues â€” wonâ€™t be so willing. â€œI donâ€™t think we have a large enough population that votes in the first place, so anything that makes it more difficult for people to vote is more of a deterrent,â€� Bradley said. A spokesperson for Elections Canada said local returning officers try hard to find affordable, available and accessible buildings to use as polling stations on election day. Mari-France Kenny would not comment on the specific decision to force many City Park voters to go across to Caswell Hill to vote, but did say the new riding boundaries in Saskatoon-West likely caused a re-jigging of polling stations. â€œThere are a series of factors that go into consideration â€” availability, cost, accessibility,â€� Kenny said. Renovations are underway at City Park School; Murphy speculated that may be the reason the polls were moved from that more regular location. Not everyone in City Park will have to travel far. Those who live in the south end of City Park will vote at Third Avenue United Church. Elections Canada is telling people to make sure to register and then check their voter registration cards to make sure they show up at the right place on election day. Kenny said voters who donâ€™t want to make the trek on election day have other options, including advanced polling and signing up to use mail-in ballots. Voters can also show up at any Elections Canada office and vote before Oct 13. Murphy hopes neighbours will lend each other a helping hand in exercising their democratic rights. â€œThis is a very important election and we are encouraging people to vote and we are encouraging people to offer rides to people who otherwise wouldnâ€™t be able to vote,â€� he said. 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