November 04, 2014 - 11:49 AM
KAMLOOPS - Elections are officially underway this week with advance polling stations set to open for three days at Heritage House leading up to the Nov. 15 election day.
Advance voting will take place at 100 Lorne Street, by Riverside Park, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5 and Thursday, Nov. 6 as well as Wednesday, Nov. 12. If you can’t make it to any of those days, or on Nov. 15, because of a disability, illness or injury voting by mail is also available.
In an effort to increase voter turnout mobile polling stations will allow some people living in medical or assisted-living facilities to vote at their facility and Thompson Rivers University students and staff will also be able to vote at the university. Two new general polling stations will also be available to the public on Nov. 15, Sahali Centre Mall and McArthur Island Sports Centre.
You can visit any of the 17 general polling locations on election day to vote. All locations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., except Sahali Centre Mall, which is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You will need two pieces of identification, at least one with your signature and one with your address, to vote.
If you are 18 years old, have lived in B.C. for at least six months and have lived in Kamloops for at least 30 days you can vote in the civic election, as long as you're not disqualified by law from voting. If you own a property in Kamloops but live elsewhere in B.C. you can still vote (once) as long as you meet the above criteria but have owned real estate in Kamloops for at least 30 days as opposed to having lived here for 30 days.
Kamloops will elect one mayor, eight councillors and five school trustees. In the Thompson-Nicola Regional District four directors were acclaimed while the other six regions are seeing a showdown between two candidates each.
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