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

Advance voting 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

Advance voting runs from Oct. 15 to Oct. 21 in provincial 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.

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.

Nanaimo

Alliance Church, 1609 Meredith Rd.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 256, 1630 E. Wellington Rd.

Fairview Elementary School, 205 Howard Ave.

Beban Park Social Centre, 2300 Bowen Rd.

Departure Bay Baptist Church, 3510 Departure Bay Rd.

Rutherford Elementary School, 2840 Hammond Bay Rd.

Nanaimo-North Cowichan

Salvation Army, 505 Eighth St.

Cranberry Community Hall, 1555 Morden Rd.

Gabriola Island Community Centre, 2200 South Rd.

Parksville-Qualicum

Nanaimo North Town Centre, 158-4750 Rutherford Rd.

Candidates running in the ridings:

Nanaimo

Kathleen Jones, B.C. Liberal Party

Sheila Malcolmson, B.C. NDP

Lia Versaevel, B.C. Green Party

Nanaimo-North Cowichan

Chris Istace, B.C. Greens

Duck (Don) Paterson, B.C. Liberals

Doug Routley, B.C. NDP

Parksville-Qualicum

Rob Lyon, B.C. Greens

Don Purdey, Conservatives

John St. John, Independent

Michelle Stilwell, B.C. Liberals

Adam Walker, B.C. NDP

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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