There are ten candidates vying for the vacant seat on Penticton council in the city’s 2021 byelection. (Penticton and Wine Country Chamber photo)

There are ten candidates vying for the vacant seat on Penticton council in the city’s 2021 byelection. (Penticton and Wine Country Chamber photo)

Penticton residents turn out in high numbers for advance byelection voting

General voting day is Saturday, June 19

More than 800 voters cast their ballots on the second day of advanced voting in the 2021 Penticton by-election at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

Saturday, June 12, saw 822 voters turn out. A total of 1,559 people have already voted in the by-election.

The third and final advance voting day is scheduled for Wednesday, June 16, at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The 2018 election saw a total of 10,883 ballots cast from an estimated eligible voter population of 26,502.

General voting day is Saturday, June 19 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre (273 Power Street) or the Seniors’ Drop-In Centre (2965 South Main Street).

The seniors’ centre is a smaller venue and there may be lineups.

“We will make every attempt to get everyone voting as quickly as possible while maintaining COVID-19 safety protocols,” the city said in a press release.

Ten candidates are vying for the one seat left vacant at city council when longtime council member Jake Kimberley had a stroke and has resigned to focus on his health.

For all of the candidates’ profiles and answers to four questions about issues facing the city, see the link below.

READ MORE: Meet your Penticton Candidates

The city is also allowing mail-in ballots for this election.

Those interested in requesting a mail-in ballot have until 4 p.m. on June 17, 2021.

You must submit the following information by telephone 250-490-2473, fax 250-490-2402, email election@penticton.ca, in person or by mail at City Hall 171 Main Street, Penticton B.C., V2A 5A9:

Your full name, residential address, address of the property in relation to which you are voting (for non-resident property electors only), the method of delivery of your mail ballot package either through pick up at city office during office hours 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. or through regular letter mail through Canada Post to a residential address or an alternate address.

Learn more about the byelection and the ballot question about a long-term lease at Skaha Marina by visiting penticton.ca/elections.

READ MORE: High voter turnout at first advance voting day for Penticton city by-election



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