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.

bc.ca.

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.