October 29, 2014 - 10:47 AM
KAMLOOPS - A mailing error that caused Sun Rivers residents to get City of Kamloops voting information could cause confusion among voters, one candidate says.
Thompson-Nicola Regional District candidate Mel Rothenburger says he is concerned the error, which mistakenly put Sun Rivers residents on a mailing list for city voter cards, will negatively affect voter turnout.
“The problem is that Sun Rivers voters might now think they can’t vote anywhere. In fact, eligible electors in Sun Rivers can vote in the TNRD election for Electoral Area P,” Rothenburger says.
He notes the city sent out a letter to those residents telling them they aren’t eligible to vote for Kamloops city council once the error was discovered.
A regional district polling station will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on general voting day Nov. 15 at the Sagewood Community Centre at 222 Sagewood Drive in Sun Rivers.
The Sun Rivers Owner Association also sent a notice to residents Tuesday about the City’s mailing error.
“Everyone’s doing their best to set the record straight but the situation certainly confuses things,” Rothenburger says. “Residents of Sun Rivers need to feel assured they haven’t been disenfranchised in this election. A good turnout is essential to the democratic process.”
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