Advance polls for the Nov. 13 Olympic vote closed Wednesday at 8 p.m., and new numbers from the city show early voting eclipsed numbers from the 2013 election but were still behind advance ballots cast in the 2017 vote.
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Advance polls for the Olympic plebiscite were only open Tuesday and Wednesday, but the city’s numbers show a total of 54,442 people cast votes on whether to pursue a bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.
But advance voting numbers for the Olympic vote were still well below totals in the 2017 Calgary municipal election, with 74,965 Calgarians casting early ballots, the city said.
A total of 18 advance vote locations were set up across Calgary for the plebiscite, while the city had 26 locations for the 2017 municipal election.
The non-binding Olympic vote asks Calgarians whether they are for or against Calgary hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Earlier this week, the city unveiled electronic tabulator machines to tally the plebiscite results.
But some early voters reported problems with the machines, noting that ballots were being rejected, which kept lineups of people waiting to cast their votes.
Those who will be away from Calgary on plebiscite day, as well as those who will be prevented from voting in person due to a physical incapacity, can request a mail-in ballot online, by calling 403-476-4100, by faxing 403-476-4101, or by visiting the Elections and Census Office at 1103 55th Ave. N.E.
Requests for mail-in ballots must be received by noon on Nov. 13. Completed mail-in ballot packages must be received by the Elections and Census Office by 4 p.m. that day.
Voters must provide authorized identification at the voting station, such as an Alberta driver’s licence or an Alberta Identification Card that confirms their name and current residential address.
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For more information on where to vote and what identification you will need to cast a ballot, visit vote2018.calgary.ca.
TORONTO — Canadas two biggest airlines are throwing their support behind Calgarys bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Air Canada has a long association with Canadas Olympic and Paralympic athletes and particularly at home Games, starting with being the Official Airline at Calgarys highly successful 1988 Olympic Winter Games. We are tremendously proud to fly the flag as we fully support the citys bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. On behalf of our 30,000 worldwide employees, and especially our team of 1,900 employees who live and work in Calgary, we wish Calgarians the very best in their pursuit of these Games, said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada.
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To further demonstrate Air Canadas support, one of the airlines senior executives, Renee Smith-Valade, who has direct experience from eight previous Olympic Games – including both the Calgary 1988 and Vancouver 2010 Games – has been temporarily seconded to work with the Calgary 2026 Bid Corporation through the plebiscite and initial preparation of the international bid phase. Air Canada is also assisting in transporting athletes for special events related to Calgarys bid.
Air Canadas involvement in the Olympic movement include serving as official airline for the two previous home Games (Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games); official transportation provider for Canadian Olympic teams at Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010, London 2012, Sochi 2014, Rio 2016, Pyeongchang 2018, and Tokyo 2020.
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Air Canada was also a supporter of the successful bids and organizing committees for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games, the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games, the Victoria 1994 Commonwealth Games and the Winnipeg 1999 Pan Am Games.
The group publicized the number of Calgarians who completed either a mail-in special ballot prior to the vote or made their way to one of the 18 advance voting stations scattered throughout Calgary on November 6, the first day of voting.
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Air Canada also sponsored bids for the Quebec City 2002 Olympic Winter Games and the Toronto 2008 Olympic Games.
Since 1996, WestJet has been proud to call Calgary home and were thrilled to announce our support for Calgarys bid to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, says Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. The opportunity hosting the Games would provide in terms of economic growth and tourism is substantial for Calgary, Alberta and our country. Were looking forward to showcasing our city and connecting the world to Calgary through our expanding global network in 2026.
WestJet is Calgarys largest airline, and by June 2019, will offer flights to 65 non-stop destinations with an average of 1,100 flights per week from YYC. Last month, WestJet announced its launching its first three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner international destinations from Calgary in 2019 including; London (Gatwick), Paris and Dublin.
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