Polls close at 8 p.m. Get a roundup of the most important and intriguing national stories delivered to your inbox every weekday. The 47-year-old rural legislature member and former cabinet minister came to the premier's office two years ago to replace Brad Wall as leader of the centre-right party after his retirement from politics. The live program, which will be hosted by CBC's Sam Maciag, will begin at 7:30 p.m. CST. Elections officials won't start counting the ballots received by mail until after today, meaning some election results may not be immediately known. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Fournier, astronomy and physics professor at Cégep de Saint-Laurent in Montréal. He's made campaign promises over the past four week to spend millions more on health-care, classroom education and to bring in a $15-an-hour-miniumum wage. Yet, by Sept. 8 the NDP didn’t have a candidate in 24 of the 61 ridings. REGINA — Saskatchewan voters choose today which leader will steer the province through the rest of the COVID-19 pandemic, and whatever unforeseen challenges lie ahead following election day. Michael Boda, the … Moe has promised to introduce millions in new rebates and tax credits if the party is re-elected. Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. Saskatchewan chief electoral officer says results could be delayed on election night. Voting locations will have fewer polling stations than normal in order to give people more space, Boda said. Elections Saskatchewan says more than 185,000 people already voted in five days of advance polls. "Mr. Moe has given mixed messages throughout and when things get more difficult he tends to point fingers at others. "This will be the largest non-wartime event in the history of our province, [with] more than 800,000 eligible voters," said Tim Kydd, director of communications and outreach for Elections Saskatchewan. Our standards are just as high and higher.". strongly recommends, but doesn't require, voters wear masks at polls, CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. Elections Saskatchewan data shows this is a 67 per cent increase from 2016, when 110,716 hit the early polls. "We've worked very closely with the chief medical health officer to ensure that we adapt the system so that it's pretty much what you would expect if you went to your local grocery store. In New Brunswick last month, Blaine Higgs was able to lead the Progressive Conservatives to a majority after winning a minority the last time around. The NDP is hoping Meili, 45, will be able to hold onto his seat in Saskatoon Meewasin because the past two leaders resigned after losing theirs to Saskatchewan Party candidates in the 2016 and 2011 elections. John Horgan was able to do the same for the New Democrats in British Columbia over the weekend. Moe, who is trying to secure a fourth term for the long-reigning Saskatchewan Party, has campaigned on a ballot box question of who voters trust to recover the economy from the COVID-19 pandemic. He pledges to eliminate the province's $2.1 billion deficit by 2024. Polls are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. FULL COVERAGE: 2020 Saskatchewan Election Elections Saskatchewan says more than 185,000 people already voted in five days of advance polls. NDP Leader Ryan Meili also addressed the rising COVID-19 cases in Saskatoon Tuesday afternoon. When asked about that decision, Moe insisted that the existing mask policy is clear and that it works. Please read our Commenting Policy first. The other two have worked out well for the incumbents. Read more: Applications for mail-in ballots closed Oct. 15. With 817,014 eligible voters in Saskatchewan, 22.6 per cent voted at advance polls. Boda said Elections Saskatchewan started to ramp up its operations in August to meet the predicted demand for mail-in voting this year. The program will be available on CBC News Network beginning at 8 p.m. CST. Chief electoral officer Michael Boda said elections officials and candidate scrutineers will be required to wear masks. 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To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). More than 185,000 Saskatchewan residents have voted in advance polls, breaking all previous records, according to data from Elections Saskatchewan. Comments are welcome while open. Listen: Live on CBC Radio One (540 AM; 102.5 FM in Regina; 94.1 FM in Saskatoon) or listen online. Polls are set to open Monday morning for Saskatchewan's 29th provincial election as the Saskatchewan Party seeks a fourth consecutive mandate. That's part of why we're encouraging people get out there and vote early," Meili said, shortly before casting his own ballot at an advanced polling station. Record 185,061 Saskatchewan voters make use of advance polls Back to video Elections Saskatchewan also posted a detailed breakdown of how many vote-by-mail packages it has sent out by constituency. With 817,014 eligible voters in Saskatchewan, 22.6 per cent voted at advance polls. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Elections Saskatchewan says more than 185,000 people already voted in five days of advance polls. Meili used the opportunity to call on voters to head to the polls, but he also criticized Moe for how he responded to the rising number of cases. He called again for clearer guidance and said that if he was elected he would work with public health to determine what number of cases would trigger a mandatory mask policy. Meili says an NDP government wouldn't look at delivering a balanced budget in the first term. "We believe Elections Saskatchewan is doing everything they can to keep people safe.". He says voters should not give the Saskatchewan Party another term in government because it would lead to austerity measures, like service cuts and increased taxes to deal with revenue shortfall from the pandemic. Read more: The 2020 Saskatchewan general election will be held on or before October 26, 2020 to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. Two seats were vacant. "Where we are having challenges is when people are stepping outside of the public health recommendations and the public health laws," he said. Elections Saskatchewan is the province’s impartial, independent, election management body.

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