Saskatoon voter travels to polling station by snowmobile
SASKATOON -- Brennen Miles didn’t let a blizzard stop him from casting his ballot in the 2020 Saskatoon civic election.
He headed out onto the streets with his snowmobile and made it to the Briarwood Community Centre polling station.
“I’ve been driving all over the city since 2 a.m.,” Miles told CTV News.
He’s been assisting drivers who were stuck in the snow all night.
Miles said while a city bylaw prohibits snowmobiles on the streets, he thought the circumstances are unique enough to allow it.
Once the city crews start clearing the roadways, Miles said he will have to park the sled.
This is the first time he’s been able to take his sled out in the city.
Officials struggled to get polling stations up and running at 8 a.m., the scheduled start time. However, by 11 a.m.all but two were operational, according to the city.
Outgoing ward 3 councillor Ann Iwanchuk commends those who braved the conditions to head out Monday morning.
“I’m not surprised. I think it’s great to see people doing everything they can to get out. Anyone who is that engaged that they will make every effort to get to the polls, that’s just great to see,” Iwanchuk told CTV News.
She realizes that there are many people who can’t get out and vote because of the snow.
“It just shouldn’t be an expectation because not everyone has access to a snowmobile or snowshoes or has the mobility to be able to do that.”