Calgary homeless shelter first in country to have polling station
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Calgary homeless shelter first in country to have polling station

Advanced Alberta Election polling sign Stephanie Froese

It’s a first for homeless shelters in Canada.

The Drop-In Centre in Calgary will have a polling station for the upcoming federal election and held a mock vote Monday.

Darcy Halber with the Calgary Homeless Foundation says more than 450 people came out who can now register to vote in the October 19 election.

“Once they went through and submitted their ballots they received what’s called a letter of stay, and that can actually act as a piece of valid identification in an election as well as enable them to register to vote at the Drop In Centre as well.” Halber said.

Halber adds in their mock election they identified four main issues; minimum income, harm reduction, mental health and affordable housing.