Advance polling begins on Oct. 15, 2020, across B.C. in the 2020 snap election. (Black Press files)

Advance polling begins on Oct. 15, 2020, across B.C. in the 2020 snap election. (Black Press files)

B.C. VOTES 2020: Advance voting begins today in Nanaimo-North Cowichan

Advance voting runs from Oct. 15 to Oct. 21 in B.C.’s election

British Columbians who have already made up their minds in the provincial election will be able to cast their ballots in-person, starting today.

Advance voting runs from Oct. 15 to Oct. 21, with Election Day on Oct. 24.

Elections BC had received roughly 670,000 vote-by-mail package requests as of Oct. 14. There are 3.48 million registered voters in B.C.

READ MORE: Here’s how voting amid a pandemic will happen in B.C.

Advance polling locations:

Advance voting places will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time on the days they are open.

Aggie Hall – Royal Canadian Air Cadets, 1110 1st Ave., Ladysmith

Cowichan Exhibition, 730 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan.

Cranberry Community Hall, 1555 Morden Rd., South Wellington.

Crofton Community Centre, 8104 Musgrave St., Crofton.

Gabriola Island Community Centre, 2200 South Rd., Gabriola Island.

Royal Canadian Legion 191, 9775 Chemainus Rd., Chemainus.

Salvation Army, 505 Eighth St., Nanaimo.

Candidates running in the riding:

Chris Istace, BC Green Party

Related: Green Party pins Nanaimo-North Cowichan riding hopes on Istace

Don (Duck) Paterson, BC Liberal Party

Related: Ladysmith town councillor Duck Paterson secures BC Liberal nomination for Nanaimo-North Cowichan

Doug Routley, BC NDP

Related: Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA Doug Routley seeks reelection

Voter registration:

While eligible voters don’t have to register ahead of time to take part in the election, Elections BC recommends British Columbians sign up ahead of time in order to avoid lengthy lineups.

Voters can register or update their information online at elections.bc.ca/ovr or by calling 1-800-661-8683. Registration closed on Sept. 26.

To be eligible, British Columbians must be able to show one of the following pieces of identification:

  • A B.C. driver’s licence
  • A B.C. Identification Card
  • A B.C. Services Card, with photo
  • A Certificate of Indian Status
  • Another card issued by the B.C. government, or Canada, that shows your name, photo and address

Health rules for voting during COVID-19:

All voting places and district electoral offices will have protective measures in place, including:

  • Physical distancing
  • Capacity limits
  • Election officials wearing personal protective equipment (such as masks and face-visors)
  • Protective barriers
  • Hand sanitizing stations
  • Frequent cleaning of voting stations and frequently touched surfaces
  • Election workers trained on safe workplace guidelines and pandemic protocols

– with files from Ashley Wadhwani

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