Why we don’t have a voters list?

City voters’ list seen as too expensive

StarPhoenix reporter Phil Tank Phil Tank, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Published on: April 20, 2016 | Last Updated: April 20, 2016 6:00 AM CST

Some see a voters’ list as a way to increase turnout for municipal elections, but Saskatoon city council ultimately voted against establishing a list for October’s election.

A city report presented at Monday’s governance and priorities committee meeting suggested compiling a voters’ list for this year’s election would cost at least $380,000.

Coun. Ann Iwanchuk, who asked for a report on the necessary steps for enumeration to take place, called the 36 per cent turnout for the 2012 municipal election “pathetic.”

“I raised this because I think it’s important to increase voter turnout,” Iwanchuk said. “I think the status quo disenfranchises voters.”

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