The 2020 election takes place on October 24. (File Photo)

The 2020 election takes place on October 24. (File Photo)

B.C. VOTES 2020: Advance voting begins today in Agassiz-Harrison

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 tomorrow.

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.

Here’s what you need to know before you vote:

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.

Agassiz Agricultural Association Hall (6800 Pioneer Avenue) – Open October 15 to 21

Rosedale United Church Hall (51351 Yale Road) – Open October 15 to 20

Tzeachten Community Hall (45855 Promontory Road) – Open October 15 to 18 and October 20 to 21

Candidates running in the riding:

Eli Gagne (Libertarian)

Jeff Hammersmark (B.C. Greens)

Jason Lum (Independent)

Kelli Paddon (NDP)

(Incumbent) Laurie Throness (B.C. Liberals)

Voter registration:

While eligible voters don’t have to register ahead of time to take part in the election, Elections B.C. 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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