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Lethbridge residents come in strong numbers to cast early ballots in municipal election

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – If the first two advanced voting days are any indication, it looks like Lethbridge residents are going to be quite engaged in this civic election.

The amount of votes cast last Friday and Saturday were more than double that from the first two advanced polls four years ago.

A total of 1,255 city residents voted over the weekend. That’s compared with just 543 people who voted during the first two days of advanced polls in 2017.

The City of Lethbridge is doing everything it can to encourage more residents to vote this year. Voter turnout in the 2017 election was just 27%.

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There are three advanced voting days this week as well, Friday through Sunday (Oct. 8-10) from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm all three days.

This will something a little different too. It will be a drive-thru polling station on the exhibition grounds. Signs will be placed directing voters to the entrance near Bully’s (near the SW corner of Ex Park). They will find a greeter booth, then drive to the eligibility booth, followed by a ballot booth, a deciding zone and a ballot turn-in area. Voters can also walk through or bicycle through.

If you aren’t able to take in one of the advanced polls this month, you can always vote on election day, October 18th.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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