August 30, 2013 - 10:25 AM
PENTICTON - Advance polls for the upcoming Sept. 7 byelection are in with 793 votes cast. It was four votes shy of tieing with the 797 advance ballots filled out for the general election in 2011.
Wednesday's advance polling station took in 416 ballots and Thursday's station accepted 377, city spokesperson Simone Blais said. With advance voting over there'll be one last chance for voters, on Sept. 7, to decide who will be the next councillor and mayor.
The mayoral candidates are first-timer Brian Henningson, former councillor Garry Litke and Vic Powell. The three faced the public at a recent meet-the-candidate meeting where Litke defended his record and that of council's.
In order to run for mayor Litke quit council and his empty seat is being fought over by a former councillor Katie Robinson and Kevin Andrews, Patrick Buchanan, Lynn Kelsey and Andre Martin.
General voting day will be held between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Penticton Seniors’ Drop-In Centre, 2965 South Main St. People may register at time of voting, but they'll need to complete application forms, with their dates of birth or the last six digits of they're social insurance numbers. Two pieces of identification to prove both residency and identity are needed but a picture ID.
Electors will also be required to state they are 18 years of age or older, they're Canadian citizens, been a B.C. resident for at least six months immediately preceding the day of registration and have been a Penticton resident for at least 30 days.
A shuttle service will be provided from the bus stop located on Martin Street at Lakeshore Drive West across the street from Gyro Park. The shuttle will leave every hour on the hour starting at 8 a.m. with the final shuttle leaving at 7 p.m.
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