Advance voting opens for Westside-Kelowna byelection

Voters have several ways to cast a ballot early in the upcoming byelection, including four days of "official" advance voting.

Former Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart casts his vote at Emmanuel Church in West Kelowna Wednesday.

Former Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart casts his vote at Emmanuel Church in West Kelowna Wednesday.

Advance voting for the Westside-Kelowna byelection opens Wednesday (July 3) and will be available through Saturday, July 6 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., says Elections B.C.

The advance voting locations are:

▪ Emmanuel Church, 2600 Hebert Road, West Kelowna.

▪ Grace Baptist Church, 1150 Glenmore Drive, Kelowna.

▪ St. Pius X Church Hall, 1077 Fuller Avenue, Kelowna.

▪ Super 8 West Kelowna Hotel, 1655 Westgate Road, West Kelowna.

General voting day for the byelection is Wednesday, July 10 and ballots can be cast that day between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

General voting locations are posted on the Elections BC website, published in local newspapers, and listed on yellow “Where to Vote” cards mailed to all registered voters in the electoral district.

Voting is also available at the Westside-Kelowna district electoral office from now until 4 p.m. on July 10.  The district electoral office is located at 125—3011 Louie Drive in West Kelowna.

Westside-Kelowna voters can request a Vote by Mail package from the district electoral office or through the Elections BC website at

Voters may register or update their voter information when they vote.  All voters must prove their identity and residential address to get a ballot or register when voting.  A list of acceptable forms of identification is available from the Elections B.C. website:

In addition to B.C. Liberal candidate Premier Christy Clark, NDP candidate Carole Gordon and B.C. Conservative Sean Upshaw, Jag Bhandari of B.C. Vision is running in the byelection, as are four independent candidates: Dayleen Van Ryswyk, Korry Zepik, Silverado Socrates and John Marks.

An all-candidates debate is scheduled for Thursday at the Westbank Lions Community Hall, starting at 6:30 p.m.


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