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Penticton considering spreading advanced polling stations around city

July 08, 2014 - 2:53 PM

PENTICTON - Voters may get more options as to where they can cast their ballots in the upcoming municipal election.

Staff recommended council consider changing locations for one of two days of early voting, to better accommodate people living on the south side of town. Ballots have previously been cast at advanced polling stations set up in council chambers at City Hall.

Staff are looking into renting spots to set up advanced polling stations, however a specific budget was not allotted to the task. The city has one budget for an entire election, said Dana Schmidt, the city’s corporate officer.

Coun. Helena Konanz suggested a poll be set up at Cherry Lane Mall to encourage more voting. Schmidt said staff have considered that as an option but no decision has been made yet.

Staff hope a decision will be made before the municipal election this November.

Staff also recommended that council appoint a Chief Election Officer and Deputy Chief Election Officer, as is required for every general election. Nomination documents will be available at City Hall closer to election time, and will soon be available online for 24-hour access.

—UPDATE: This story was updated on Wednesday, July 9 at 3:45 p.m. to clarify nomination documents are not yet available at City Hall. 

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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