At least two Columbia River-Revelstoke district electoral office (DEO) here in
the Columbia Valley will be open for advance polls. If you need to vote in advance,
you can vote for the party of your choice, but not yet for the candidate who will
represent our region, at the DEO office in Radium Hot Springs.
Advance voting for candidates will start on Oct.15 and last until Oct. 21, from
8 a.m. to 8 p.m, at the Columbia River-Revelstoke DEO in Radium, at 7585 West
Main Street, or at the Columbia Valley Centre in Invermere, at 646 4th Street in
Invermere. General voting will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to 8
p.m. Make sure to bring valid identification that shows name and home address
and your ‘where to vote card’. To know where to vote, visit wheretovote.elections.
During the ongoing COVID pandemic, everyone can vote by mail, without
a special reason. This is a great option for voters who don’t feel comfortable voting
in person because of the COVID pandemic. To vote by mail, contact Elections BC
online at eregister.electionsbc.gov.bc.ca or by calling at 1-800-661-8683 to request
a vote-by-mail package before October 17, and it will be mailed to you. The voteby-
mail package must be completed and received by Elections BC before 8 p.m.
on Saturday, Oct. 24. You may return your package by mail. A postage-paid return
envelope is provided for voters. It is also possible to return your vote-by-mail package
in person at any district electoral office.
All voting places and district electoral offices will have protocols in place;
physical distancing, capacity limits, protective barriers, hand sanitizing stations,
frequent cleaning of voting stations and frequently touched surfaces. The election
workers are trained on safe workplace guidelines and pandemic protocols. They
will wear personal protective equipment.
You can also do your part by following the instructions and signage. You must
sanitize your hands before and after voting. Bring your pen if you like. Wearing
a face mask is optional; no one will be asked to uncover their face to vote. The
standard voting procedures will be different this year. Show your identification
without handing it to the election official, and this time a verbal declaration of
your eligibility to vote will be asked instead of signing a voting book. Person at-risk
voters and voters with disabilities can vote by mail or can use assisted telephone
voting and site-based voting.