The future of Calgary’s 2026 Olympic bid is now in the hands of the city.
Advance voting for the Olympic plebiscite as begun at voting stations around the city as of 11 am Tuesday morning, and Calgarians will have Tuesday, November 6, Wednesday, November 7, and Tuesday, November 13 to cast their ballots either for or against an official bid.
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The plebiscite was nearly called off last week after the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Assessment Committee recommended that City Council end all work on the bid, but the Olympic dream lived on after council failed to reach the 10 votes needed to stop the bid in its tracks.
While the plebiscite is not legally binding, City Council has said that the results will weigh heavily in the decision to either put forward an official bid or pull out of the running.
The Advance voting of November 6 and 7 will run from 11 am to 7 pm in all 14 of Calgary’s wards, and anyone who is able to vote in the plebiscite will be able to make an advance vote.
There is one advance voting station per ward, and they can be found by heading to the City of Calgary’s website, which supplies a map pinpointing each location.
The same site will also be able to show you where your closest voting station would be for November 13, and how to complete a mail-in ballot in the event that you are not in the city during the vote.
An advance voting station will be open at Mount Royal University from 11 am to 5 pm on November 6, and another will be set up at the University of Calgary from 11 am to 5 pm on November 7.
Due to campaigning not being allowed at voting stations, voters are asked not to wear Olympic clothing or paraphernalia when they go to vote.