Candidates for the Queens Shelburne riding will take part in two debates, one Monday in Liverpool and another on Wednesday in Shelburne.
Voters in Digby County can hear from all four provincial election candidates at at least two forums – more may be announced this week.
The Digby Board of Trade and the Nova Scotia’s Teachers Union have organized a forum for Digby on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
That all-candidates forum will take place at the Digby Fire Hall on First Avenue from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Each candidate will be given a chance for opening remarks. Then the Board of Trade and NSTU will ask a set of prepared questions and let each candidate respond.
And then the moderator will take questions from the public.
A coalition of organizations that assist those with special needs is also planning a candidate’s forum at the Universite Ste Anne in Church Point from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3.
L’Atelier de Clare and the la Maison Jerome, the Conway Workshop and Transport de Clare are among the organizers.
The forum will focus on questions relevant to people with special needs and those who care for them including housing, economic development and community health and wellness.
The Freeport Community Development Association has also traditionally hosted a forum on Long Island. The association’s president, Andy Moir, told the Courier that planning a forum was on the agenda for the association’s meeting this week.
Four candidates are officially registered for the Clare Digby riding in the provincial election on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
The New Democratic Party has nominated Dean Kenley, the Liberal Party has nominated Gordon Wilson and the Progressive Conservatives have nominated Paul Emile LeBlanc.
Ian Thurber is also officially registered as an independent candidate.
Nominations close Monday, Sept. 23 and candidates have until Tuesday, Sept. 24 to withdraw their names.
How to vote
The election will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Locations for the polls should be announced this week.
If your name is on the voting list, you should receive a voter information card in the mail which is all the identification necessary on election day.
Continuous voting allows any eligible voter to go the returning office at 9636 Hwy 1 in Lower Saulnierville to vote with identification (for example a driver’s license with a civic address).
The continuous voting poll in the returning office is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday until Thursday, Oct. 3.
Friday and Saturday Oct. 4 and 5 are set aside for advance polls. The location of those polls has not yet been announced but could include one in Digby, one in Weymouth and one in Clare.
A write-in option also exists – application forms are available on the Elections Nova Scotia webpage - and can be filled out and then mailed, faxed or scanned and emailed to Elections Nova Scotia.
The application must also include copies of appropriate identification listed on the form.
Important to note, once you have applied and been approved for the write-in ballot, you are deemed to have voted and cannot then change your mind and vote at the polls.
Voters in Clare-Digby who aren’t sure their name is on the voters list can call the returning office at 1-855-549-0625.
For more information please check out http://electionsnovascotia.ca/voters/ways-to-vote .
The Courier will update this story as poll locations are officially determined.