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Where and how to vote in Kelowna and West Kelowna

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October 18, 2018 - 2:00 PM

KELOWNA - Civic election day is on Saturday and you’re going to want to be ready.

Whether you’re a new voter or just need a refresher, the following is what you need to know come election day in Kelowna and West Kelowna.

First off, here's who is eligable to vote:

  • Be 18 years of age or older when they register to vote, or 18 years or older on general voting day.
  • Be a Canadian citizen.
  • Have been a resident of B. C. for at least six months before they register to vote.
  • Have either lived or owned property in the jurisdiction in which they intend to vote for at least 30 days before they register to vote.
  • Not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, or by law from voting in a local election

If you aren't already registered, a resident elector is required to show two pieces of identification that proves who they are and where they live including the person's name and residential address. One must also include the person's signature (such as a driver's licence or BC Services Card). If neither piece of identification shows the elector's residential address, they may make a solemn declaration as to their place of residence.

Voting rights in B.C. are based on residency and property ownership. Corporations or businesses cannot vote in local elections.

Eligible electors who live on a First Nation reserve can vote, depending on where the reserve is located such as within a municipality or regional district jurisdiction.

When a person lives in one jurisdiction and owns property in one or more other jurisdictions, they may vote once where they own property as long as they meet the voter eligibility requirements. If one or more people own a property, only one person is eligible to vote as the non-resident property elector. The owner must be named in writing by the majority of the property owners.

A person cannot vote on behalf of a corporation or as a non-resident property elector based on a property owned wholly or in part by a corporation.

Students can vote only once — either in the jurisdiction where they attend school or in the jurisdiction where they usually live.

Advance voting began back on Oct. 10 and election day is Saturday, Oct. 20.

Voting is available at the following 14 locations in Kelowna (note some locations have advance voting):

Capital News Centre
4105 Gordon Dr.
Vote here on Oct. 20.
Poll open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Kelowna City Hall
1435 Water Street
Vote here on Oct. 20.
Poll open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dr. Knox Middle School
121 Drysdale Blvd.
Vote here on Oct. 20.
Poll open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m

East Kelowna Community Hall
2704 East Kelowna Rd
Vote here on Oct. 20.
Poll open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Evangel Church
3261 Gordon Dr.
Vote here on Oct. 20.
Poll open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Okanagan Mission Community Hall
4409 Lakeshore Road
Vote here on Oct. 20.
Poll open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Orchard Park Shopping Centre
2271 Harvey Ave.
Vote here on Oct. 20.
Poll open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (mall hours)

Parkinson Recreation Centre
Voter assist terminal
1800 Parkinson Way
Vote here Oct. 18, 19 and 20.
Poll open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Rutland Senior School
705 Rutland Road N
Vote here on Oct. 20.
Poll open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Springvalley Middle School
350 Ziprick Road
Vote here on Oct. 20.
Poll open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Watson Road Elementary School
475 Yates Road
Vote here on Oct. 20.
Poll open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voting is available at the following locations in West Kelowna:

Westbank Lions Community Centre
2466 Main Street
Vote here on Oct. 20.
Poll open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Constable Neil Bruce Middle School
2010 Daimler Road
Poll open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Vote here on Oct. 20.

Glenrosa Middle School
3565 McIver Road
Poll open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Vote here on Oct. 20.

Mar Jok Elementary School, 2101 McDougall Road
Poll open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Vote here on Oct. 20.


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