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Advance voting in BC Election opens Thursday

Election BC said since the beginning of the pandemic, organizers have worked with the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and WorkSafeBC to develop safe voting plans.

Elections BC said in a media release that advance voting for the 2020 Provincial General Election opened today (Thursday, October 15), running until Wednesday, October 21.

Elections BC said the advance voting period is seven days this election, up from six in the last provincial election in 2017.

“An extra day has been added to give voters more opportunities to vote, and to help reduce numbers in voting places as a pandemic response measure,” the Elections BC news release said.

“Voters should note that some voting places won’t be open on every advance voting day. Advance voting places will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time on the days they are open.

Elections BC said providing safe in-person voting opportunities has been a key focus for Elections BC.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, Elections BC has worked with the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and WorkSafeBC to develop safe voting plans,” Elections BC said.

Voters voting in person will see many protective measures including:

  • Physical distancing
  • Voting place capacity limits
  • Election officials wearing personal protective equipment including face masks and visors
  • Protective barriers at voting stations
  • Hand sanitizing stations at the entry and exit of voting places
  • Frequent cleaning of voting booths and high-touch surfaces
  • Election officials trained on safe workplace guidelines and pandemic safety protocols

Voting places may have changed since the last election.

In the Nelson-Creston riding Advance Voting can be done at these locations:

  • Nelson Rod & Gun Club, 801 Railway Street, Nelson
  • Crawford Bay School, 16159 Walkley Road, Crawford Bay (Saturday, October 17 & Sunday, October 18th)
  • Kaslo Royal Canadian Legion, 403 5th Stree, Kaslo, (Thursday, October 15th to Saturday, October 17th)
  • Rotacrest Hall – Upper Level, 230 19th Ave N, Creston
  • Salmo Valley Youth & Community Centre, 206 7th Street, Salmo (Thursday, October 15th to Saturday, October 17th)

Elections BC has reviewed all of the voting places being used to ensure they can support physical distancing and the pandemic safety protocols that will be in place at every location.

To find voting places near them and the dates they are open, voters can:

  • Check their Where to Vote card. Elections BC began mailing Where to Vote cards to registered voters last week.
  • Visit the Elections BC website at wheretovote.elections.bc.ca.
  • Call Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683.

Important reminders for voters:

Voters with questions about where, when, or how to vote are encouraged to contact Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683.