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UCP’s Smith votes at advance poll as Alberta election enters final week

CALGARY — United Conservative Party Leader Danielle Smith took advantage of an advance poll Tuesday to cast her vote in Monday’s Alberta election.

Traffic at the Haysboro Community Centre in southwest Calgary was steady after the advance polls opened.

But there was only one other person inside when Smith — accompanied by her support team, security officers and a throng of media — arrived.

She was asked to verify her address, answered “yes” when asked if she was a Canadian citizen, and laughed and thanked the poll worker who asked her if she was over the age of 18.

Smith declined to speak to the media after she cast her ballot.

Both Smith and NDP Leader Rachel Notley decided to cast their advance votes in Calgary, which is considered to be a major battleground in determining the province’s next premier.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 23, 2023.

The Canadian Press