12/08/2014 05:37 EST | Updated 02/07/2015 05:59 EST

Saskatchewan makes changes to allow more people to vote in elections

REGINA - Voting will be easier for many people in Saskatchewan after the province made changes to the Elections Act.

The amendments will allow elections officials to go to the homes of people who aren't able to leave due to a disability to take their vote.

It also lets people serving in the Canadian Forces to keep their residency when stationed elsewhere, and members who come to Saskatchewan to serve will immediately be able to vote in provincial elections.

A new permanent voter registry will be established, which will end the need for door-to-door enumeration.

Restrictions are being removed for who can vote at advanced polls.

The next provincial election is tentatively set for early 2016, but the date could be moved to work around a federal election.

“Everyone in Saskatchewan should have the same opportunity to cast a ballot,” Justice Minister Gord Wyant said in a news release.

“The improvements that go into effect today will increase voter access, especially for those people who face personal obstacles when it comes to participating in the electoral process.”