Voters respond at first of eight advance polls

Eligible electors can vote at either an advance poll or on General Voting Day, Nov. 15.

  • Thu Nov 6th, 2014 10:00am
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The first advance poll of the City of Kelowna election resulted in 1,540 votes cast by the time the polls closed at 8 p.m.

“Our first advanced voting day generated a lot of interest,” says Chief Electoral Office Karen Needham. The advance poll at Parkinson Recreation Centre had a heavy stream of voters all day.

There are four more voting days next week, including three days of advance voting and general voting day on Saturday, Nov. 15.

“Whether you are at work, home, school, enjoying leisure activities, or shopping, we hope we’ve captured the variety of voting days and locations across the City that will fit your schedule,” says Needham. “So plan your time to come out and vote for your next Kelowna City Council and Trustees for the Board of Education.”

In 2011, there were two advance polls on the first day of voting: The advance poll at Parkinson Recreation Centre had 1,536 votes cast while Okanagan College has 527 for a total of 2,063 votes. That year, there were a total of seven opportunities over four advance voting days in four different locations. This year there are eight advance voting opportunities over four days in four different locations.

Eligible electors can vote at either an advance poll or on General Voting Day, Nov. 15.

The next advanced voting opportunities, open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. are as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 12:

Parkinson Recreation Centre,

City Hall, and

UBC Okanagan, University Centre

Thursday, Nov. 13:

City Hall, and

Okanagan College, Centre for Learning Atrium

Friday, Nov. 14:

City Hall, and

Parkinson Recreation Centre

The City Hall polling station features a voter assist terminal which provides voters who may have difficulty marking a ballot with the ability to do so privately and independently.

On Election Day, Nov. 15, residents will have 13 voting locations to choose from, including Orchard Park Shopping Centre from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. All other Election Day voting locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters need to bring two pieces of ID, at least one with a signature, to the polling station to prove residency and identity.  A reminder to non-resident property electors that there is additional criteria required in order to register to vote, most notably, a signed consent form from a majority of registered owners if the property is jointly owned.  For more information or to access consent forms visit kelowna.ca/election or contact the Office of the City Clerk.

For a complete list of polling station addresses, visit kelowna.ca/election or check out the election “app.”