Advance polls open in Kelowna this week

Plenty of early opportunities for city residents to vote in civic election.

Kelowna voters will have three more opportunities to cast their ballots early for mayor, city councillors and school trustees this week.

Advance voting will be available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday prior to election day on Saturday, Nov. 19.

The advance polls open will be open on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Parkinson Recreation Centre. Also on Wednesday, staff, students and nearby residents can vote at the UBC Okanagan campus at the students’ union boardroom at the University Centre Building. Parking will be available for voters in Lot F. Polls there will also close at 8 p.m.

Advance polls will also be open at Kelowna City Hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and City Hall will  be also a voting location on election day, Saturday, Nov. 19. The City Hall polling station will feature a voter assist terminal which will provide those with disabilities and other special needs to mark their ballot privately and independently.

Residents of Kelowna for at least the last 30 days, who are 18 years of age or older, have lived in B.C. for at least six months and are Canadian citizens are eligible to vote in the civic election.

Voters need to bring two pieces of ID, at least one with a signature, to the polling station to prove residency and identity.

On Election Day, Kelowna voters will have 10 voting locations to choose from, including Orchard Park Shopping Centre from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and the following locations, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

A. S. Matheson Elementary – 2090 Gordon Drive

City Hall – 1435 Water Street

East Kelowna Community Hall – 2704 East Kelowna Rd

Kelowna Family Y – 375 Hartman Road

Okanagan Mission Hall – 4409 Lakeshore Road

Parkinson Recreation Centre – 1800 Parkinson Way

Springvalley Middle School- 350 Ziprick Road

St. Paul’s United Church – 3131 Lakeshore Road

Watson Road Elementary – 475 Yates Road

Residents can find a complete list of all candidates, with links to candidates’ websites and campaign statements, on the City’s website at kelowna.ca/election.