First day of advance voting underway

Advanced voting is going on today (Wednesday, Nov. 5) for the TNRD.

Elections are being held to choose directors for Electoral Areas “A”, “B”, “J”, “L”, “O”, and “P.”

General voting day is Saturday, Nov. 15.

Advance TNRD voting will take place at the locations detailed below:

• Advance Voting will be held at the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Office, 4th Floor 465 Victoria Street, Kamloops:

Wednesday, November 5: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Wednesday, November 12: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

• ADDITIONAL Advance Voting Opportunities:

Additional advance voting will be held for electors on Wednesday, November 5, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

Electoral Area “A” & “B”: Dutch Lake Community Centre, 209 Dutch Lake Road, Clearwater
Electoral Area “J”: District of Logan Lake Municipal Hall, 1 Opal Drive, Logan Lake
Electoral Area “L” & “P”: Chase Community Hall, 547 Shuswap Avenue, Chase
Electoral Area “O”: The Ridge, 4936 Barriere Town Road, Barriere
Electoral Area “P”: Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipal Office, 106-3270 Village Way, Sun Peaks

For information about where to vote on general voting day, November 15, as well as information about mail-in ballots, visit the TNRD website at tnrd.ca.

Important note: Electors must bring 2 pieces of ID to the voting station.

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Who can vote

Voting as a Resident Elector

You are eligible to vote as a Resident Elector in a TNRD Electoral Area if you meet all of the following criteria:

√ You are 18 years of age or older on general voting day;

√ You are a Canadian citizen;

√ You have lived in British Columbia for at least six months (May 13m 2014) immediately before you register to vote;

√ You have been a resident of a TNRD Electoral Area for at least 30 days (October 15, 2014) before voting; and

√ You are not disqualified by the Local Government Act, or any other Act, or the Courts from voting in a local election.

— Source: Thompson-Nicola Regional District

Voting as a Non-Resident Property Elector

Your are eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector if you are not eligible to register as a Resident Elector, and you meet all of the following criteria:

√ You are not eligible to vote as a resident elector;

√ You are 18 years of age or older on general voting day;

√ You are a Canadian citizen;

√ You have lived in British Columbia for at least six months (May 13, 2014) before you register to vote;

√ You are not disqualified by the Local Government Act, any other Act, or the Courts from voting in a local election;

√ And, you are a registered property (owner) in the electoral area where you intend to vote and have been immediately preceding voting day for at least 30 days (October 15, 2014) before you register to vote.

— Source: Thompson-Nicola Regional District

Mail-in ballot an option for voting

Voters who cast their ballots in Electoral Areas will be able to do so by mail this year if they quality.

TNRD chief election officer Carolyn Black says mail-in voting will be available for those who can’t make it to a polling station on general voting day or advance voting day.

VoteApplications for mail-in voting will be available for download from the TNRD’s website or on paper at the TNRD office after Oct. 14, she told me. Arrangements can be made to have an application sent to you if necessary.

After the application is completed and accepted, the TNRD will mail out a voter kit later in the month that includes instructions and a ballot. Black said the regional district is making it as easy as possible for voters to get their mail-in ballots back to the returning office. They can be mailed, brought in or couriered if the voter pays for the courier.

To be counted, ballots must be received by the chief election officer by 8 p.m. on general voting day, Nov. 15. Mail-in ballots are intended for those who have a physical disability, illness or injury that prevents them from going to a polling station, will be away from the regional district on election day or advance polling days, or live in a remote area not readily accessible by road.

More complete details are on the TNRD website.