UPDATE 8 p.m:
The polls are now closed.
It’s officially Election Day in B.C.’s 2020 provincial snap election.
First called in September by B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan, BC Votes 2020 is likely going to be one for the history books, already seeing a number of records broken when it comes to voter turnout.
Roughly 681,000 people cast their ballot during the seven days of advanced voting that ended Wednesday, compared to 614,389 in 2017.
Meanwhile, 478,900 returned vote-by-mail packages had been received by Elections BC by Oct. 22, representing 66 per cent of the packages requested.
It is expected that some ridings will see preliminary results as to which candidate will likely take a seat in the B.C. Legislature by the end of day Saturday. Meanwhile, close races will have to wait until mid-November for the winner to be declared, once mail-in ballots are counted by Elections BC officials after Nov. 6.
Here’s what you need to know before you vote:
Voting places will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For residents of Keremeos and the surrounding area, you can vote at the following locations:
Victory Hall at 427 7th Ave, Keremeos
Cawston Community Centre at 2119 Main St, Cawston
Hedley Seniors Centre at 789 Scott Ave, Hedley
Kaleden Community Hall at 320 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden
For residents of Okanagan Falls, Oliver and Osoyoos and the surrounding areas, you can vote at:
Oliver Community Centre at 6359 Park Dr, Oliver
Okanagan Falls Senior Centre at 1128 Willow St., Okanagan Falls
Okanagan Falls Elementary School at 1141 Cedar St, Okanagan Falls
Sonora Community Centre at 8505 68th Ave, Osoyoos
Inkameep Community Hall at 6046 Sandpoint Rd, Oliver
Candidates running in the riding:
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