ELECTION 2014: Advance polling stations open next week

City of Penticton: advance polls open on Nov. 5 at city hall.

  • Oct. 28, 2014 2:00 p.m.

The City of Penticton is trying to make it as easy as possible for residents to cast their votes in this year’s municipal election.

Responding to a trend of more and more voters taking advantage of advance polls since the rules for voting at them have been relaxed, city council chose to move one of the two advance polls out into the community.

The first poll, on Nov. 5, is at the customary place, Penticton City Hall, 171 Main St. But the second poll will take place in Cherry Lane Shopping Centre on Nov. 6. Both days, the polls will be in operation between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Lynn Kelsey, one of the candidates for council, said she has been hearing from a lot of people with accessibility issues how happy they are with a poll taking place in a central location.

“I think there is going to be a huge uptake,” she said. “Even if they have a free bus on election day, the transportation issues are huge for them. They are really quite excited that they will be able to vote in the advance poll at Cherry Lane.”

Candidates Max Picton and John Vassilaki said they have been questioned about mail-in ballots, though from different groups in the community. Vassilaki said he has been hearing from snowbirds wondering if the ballots will be available before they leave. Picton, on the other hand, said he has been hearing from younger voters, working up north, that haven’t registered yet.

In both cases, according to Dana Schmidt, the city’s chief returning officer, the best move is for the voter to contact city hall.

“I would have them call into the office and we will take details. We are asking people what day they are available until and how we can reach them, where we can mail things to and we are mailing out of country if we need to,” she said. Those that haven’t registered and are already out of town, she continued, can ask to be sent a registration form.

If you are not already on the list of electors, a person may register at time of voting by completing the application form, including your date of birth or the last six digits of your social insurance number, and provide two pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove both residency and identity. Picture identification is not necessary.

Electors will also be required to make a declaration that they are 18 years of age or older; a Canadian citizen;  a resident of B.C. for at least six months immediately preceding the day of registration; a resident of the City of Penticton for at least 30 days immediately preceding the day of registration and are not otherwise disqualified by law from voting.


Just Posted

Penticton Overdose Prevention Society co-founders Desiree Franz, Shane Surowski and Stephanie Lines have created the city’s first unsanctioned public overdose prevention site using an old wine-tour bus. The site began operations in June 2021. (Desiree Franz/Facebook)
Volunteers launch Penticton’s first public supervised injection site

2021 is on pace to be the deadliest year for overdoses in Penticton on record

Four golfers from Fairview Mountain Golf Club in Oliver will golf from sunrise to sunset to raise funds for ALS on June 29. (Submitted)
Golfing from sunrise to sunset in Oliver for ALS

Four golfers from Fairview Mountain Golf Club have taken up the challenge June 29

Jann Arden will embark on Canada-wide tour Spring 2022 with a stop in Penticton at the South Okanagan Events Centre on June 13. (Contributed)
Jann Arden coming to Penticton in 2022

The Jann Arden Live! tour has been rescheduled for 2022

A storm watch has been issued for the Okanagan, Kootenays and Columbia regions of B.C. (Calvin Dickson photo)
Another severe thunderstorm watch issued for the Okanagan

Conditions are favourable for thunderstorms that may produce strong wind gusts, hail and heavy rain

The South Okanagan Tim Hortons raised over $4,000 through the three day orange doughnut promotion with 100 per cent of proceeds going to to the Residential School Survivors Society. The owner of these locations matched the amount. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
South Okanagan Tim Hortons raises over $8K for residential school survivors

More than $4,000 worth of doughnuts were purchased over three days

Singer-songwriter Jann Arden is pictured with a draft horse. (Canadian Horse Defence Coalition)
Jann Arden backs petition to stop live horse export

June 14 is the International Day to End Live Export of Animals

(Dave Ogilvie photo)
One injured after being pinned by fallen forklift near Peachland

West Kelowna emergency crews responded to reports of a person stuck under a forklift

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

B.C. ambulance station in Revelstoke is expected to get a new system called the Scheduled On-Call (SOC) this fall. (Liam Harrap - Revelstoke Review)
B.C. ambulance changes could put Revelstoke residents at risk, warn local paramedics

Paramedics said to expect a substantial increase in ambulance response time starting this fall

This goose family went for a leisurely stroll down Vernon’s Main Street Saturday, April 25. (Dave Deshane photo)
Controversial Vernon goose cull won’t fly this year

Necessary permit procedures held up at a federal level

Mounties cover a burgundy truck with a tent at Buckerfields in West Kelowna on Monday, June 14. The RCMP is investigating after a woman’s body was found inside the truck. (Amandalina Letterio/Capital News)
West Kelowna RCMP investigating suspicious death after body found in truck

Police responded to a truck parked out front of a Main Street business where the body was found

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. watching U.K.’s COVID struggles but don’t think province will see similar pitfalls

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

Most Read