Ward 7 Byelection Candidate Calling for More Places to Vote
A candidate in Windsor's Ward 7 byelection wants an additional polling station on voting day.
Greg Lemay says there are many elderly residents in the ward and an extra place to vote would allow for more physical distancing while also improving accessibility.
As it stands, the lone polling location will be at the WFCU Centre, but Lemay would like to see Forest Glade Arena added to the list.
He says he's been hearing concerns while out canvassing.
"There's been a lot of complaints about not having a secondary location. There's nothing on the south end of the ward. Basically where I'm looking at, and I've talked to a few other candidates as well, we would like to see Forest Glade Arena opened so the folks can at least get there," says Lemay.
He says another place to vote may help boost voter turnout.
"With a by-election you usually have lower voter turnout anyway. I think we should be encouraging people to vote. On top of that, there's travel concerns in terms of people who don't drive, they have to get all the way to the north end of the ward and in terms of safety concerns," says Lemay.
Lemay adds he has spoke with several other candidates and they share the same concerns.
Along with Lemay, there are 11 other candidates vying for the position: Farah El-Hajj, Michelle Gajewski, Jeewen Gill, Igor Dzaic, Barb Holland, Ernie Lamont, Michael Malott, Angelo Marignani, Howard Weeks, Thérèse Papineau and Albert Saba.
The Ward 7 by-election is set for Monday, October 5.
The council seat became vacant when former councillor Irek Kusmierczyk was elected as the Liberal MP for Windsor-Tecumseh in the 2019 federal election.
With files from Rob Hindi