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Everything you need to know about voting in Kamloops' municipal election

The general local government election is set to take place on Oct. 20, and we want to make sure that you are well prepared to vote!

Voting can seem intimidating, but it’s actually very easy.

How to know if you are eligible to vote

Anyone in Kamloops can vote as long as you meet the following criteria:

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • are 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  • have lived in BC for at least six months
  • have lived in Kamloops for at least thirty days
  • are not disqualified by law from voting

All PG residents who meet these requirements can vote. It does not matter if you own a property in Kamloops but live somewhere else in B.C. you can also vote in Kamloops elections.

This is called being a “non-resident property elector.”

You can vote under these circumstances as long as you meet the following criteria:

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • are 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  • have lived in BC for at least six months
  • have owned real estate in Kamloops, registered in your name, for at least thirty days
  • are not disqualified by law from voting

What to expect when you go to vote

Voting is super easy and takes no time at all!

The first step is to make sure you are registered to vote. You may register to vote with the jurisdiction where you own property either before or during Election Day.

Once you know you are registered to vote, all you need to do is bring two pieces of identification that prove who you are and where you live. Make sure that at least one piece of identification includes a signature.

What to bring to vote

As stated earlier, two pieces of identification are needed.

This can include but is not limited to:

  • B.C. drivers license
  • Passport
  • Social insurance card
  • Citizenship card
  • Credit or debit card
  • Utility bill issued for electricity, cable, wifi, natural gas, or other services
  • Rent bill
  • Status card

Where to vote

There are a couple different options for voting!

Right now, advance polls are taking place on various days. If you feel confident in casting a vote now, go for it!

You can also wait to vote on Election Day, Oct. 20. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. you can vote at the following locations:

  • Lloyd George Elementary School, 830 Pine Street
  • Heritage House, 100 Lorne Street
  • Sahali Mall, 945 Columbia Street West
  • South Sahali Elementary School, 1585 Summit Drive
  • Aberdeen Elementary School, 2191 Van Horne Drive
  • Dufferin Elementary School, 1880 Hillside Drive
  • Valleyview Secondary School, 1950 Valleyview Drive
  • Dallas elementary School, 296 Harper Road
  • R.L. Clemitson elementary School, 5990 Todd Road
  • Arthur Hatton Elementary School, 315 Chestnut Avenue
  • NorKam Secondary School, 730 12th Street
  • Parkcrest Elementary School, 2170 Parkcrest Avenue
  • Westmount Elementary School, 745 Walkem Road
  • Arthur Stevenson Elementary School, 2890 Bank Road
  • Rayleigh Elementary School, 306 Puett Ranch Road

If you have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects your ability to vote, or if you are absent from the city on general voting day, you can apply for a mail ballot. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 19. Click here for more information.

When to vote

You can vote during advance polls or on Election Day.

Advance polls are as follows:

  • Oct 11 and 17 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Heritage House

Candidates for the Office of Mayor:

  • Ken Christian
  • William James Turnbull

Candidates for the Office of Councillor:

  • Jennifer D. Adams
  • Nicholas Adams
  • Chris Bose
  • Donovan Grube Cavers
  • Corally Delwo
  • Ray Dhaliwal
  • Dieter Dudy
  • Dennis Giesbrecht
  • Shawn Harnett
  • Sadie Hunter
  • Stephen Karpuk
  • Caroline King
  • Alison Klie
  • Mike O’Rielly
  • Bill Sarai
  • Kathy Sinclair
  • Arjun Singh
  • Denis J. Walsh
  • Gerald Kenyon Watson

Candidates for the office of School Trustee:

  • Donovan Grube Cavers
  • Bowen Cooluris
  • Heather Grieve
  • Adam Jensen
  • Kathleen Karpuk
  • Beat Klossner
  • John O’Fee
  • Kerri Schill
  • Joe Small
  • Meghan Wade

Voting is super easy and a great way to let your voice be heard!

For more information on 2018 General Local Election, visit the City of Kamloops website.

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