If someone wearing a yellow vest shows up at your door in the near future, don’t slam the door.
They’re coming around to make sure you’re on the voting list for the upcoming provincial election.
Roughly 30 paid workers, known as “enumerators,” have started going around asking for information about everyone over 18.
“Within the next three to four days, they should have covered all the homes at least for the first time,” explains Alison Mitchell with Elections Manitoba. “Often, of course, people aren’t home so they make return visits.”
If you think this process sounds a bit tedious and outdated, you might not be surprised to learn that Yukon is the only other jurisdiction that collects voter information this way. But it might not be that way for long.
“The government has asked us to look at the process of creating a permanent voting list, and they did this in 2013,” Mitchell says. “If it becomes legislation, the enumeration process will be less in subsequent elections. Saskatchewan just shifted over this year, so I would say that we’re keeping up with the rest of Canada.”
On the chance that they miss you once, twice, maybe even three times, the enumeration process lasts until March 7. After that there is a revision period, you can call your local returning officer or you could just bring your information on voting day.