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General News · 20th October 2020
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General Voting Day - Saturday, October 24
Cortes Island School
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


North Island Candidates
Alexandra Morton - Green
Michele Babchuk - NDP
Norm Facey - Liberal
John Twigg - Conservative

Elections BC Info:

Voting Safely and COVID-19
A Provincial General Election has been called for Saturday, October 24. We’ve been working with the Office of the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC to make sure it’s conducted safely for voters, candidates and election workers. We want to make sure that voters don’t have to choose between safeguarding their health and exercising their right to vote.

What you can expect at in-person voting places
All voting places and district electoral offices will have protective measures in place, including:

Physical distancing
Capacity limits
Election officials wearing personal protective equipment (such as masks and face-visors)
Protective barriers
Hand sanitizing stations
Frequent cleaning of voting stations and frequently touched surfaces
Election workers trained on safe workplace guidelines and pandemic protocols
Voting places will follow the practices outlined in our voting place safety plan (PDF) which includes input provided by WorkSafeBC.

Some familiar voting procedures may be different. For example, you will show your identification without handing it to an election official, and you will make a verbal declaration of your eligibility to vote instead of signing a voting book.

Do your part to vote safely!

Follow the instructions from election officials and signage in the voting place to help maintain physical distancing. You will be asked to sanitize your hands before and after voting. You may use your own pen or pencil to mark your ballot, if you wish.

You are welcome to wear a face mask, if you wish. You will not be asked to remove your mask to vote.

If you are ill or self-isolating, do not visit a voting place. Request a vote-by-mail package or call Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683 for assistance.


Voter ID
When you go to vote, you will show your identification without handing it to an election official, and you will make a verbal declaration of your eligibility to vote instead of signing a voting book.

We’ve been working with the Office of the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC to make sure this election is conducted safely for voters, candidates and election workers.

When you go to vote, you will show your identification without handing it to an election official, and you will make a verbal declaration of your eligibility to vote instead of signing a voting book.

You are welcome to wear a face mask if you wish. You will not be asked to remove your mask to vote.

Find out more about voting safely and COVID-19.

All voters must prove their identity and residential address before voting. There are three ways to do this.

Option 1
Show one of these pieces of ID:

A BC driver’s licence
A BC Identification Card (BCID)
A BC Services Card (with photo)
Another card issued by the Government of B.C. or Canada that shows your name, photo and address
A Certificate of Indian Status
ID Option #1

Option 2
Show any two pieces of ID or documents that both show your name. At least one must have your current address. Examples include:

Government-issue identity documents

BC CareCard
BC Services Card (without photo)
Birth certificate
Canadian Forces Photo Identification card
Citizenship certificate
Correctional Service Canada Offender Identification card
Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence
Firearms Possession Only Licence
Old Age Security Identification card
Passport
Social Insurance Number card
Veterans Affairs Canada Health Care Identification card
Other government-issue documents

Canada Child Tax Benefit statement
Government cheque or cheque stub
Income tax assessment notice
Property tax assessment
Statement of Canada Pension Plan benefits
Statement of government employment insurance benefits paid
Statement of Old Age Security
School, college, or university documents

Admissions letter
Report card
Residence acceptance
Transcript
Tuition/fees statement
Student card
Other documents

Bank/credit card or statement
Confirmation of Residence (3007)
Hospital bracelet/document
Insurance statement
Membership card
Mortgage statement
Personal cheque (printed by bank)
Prescription medication containers
Provincial Where to Vote card
Public transportation pass
Residential lease
Statutory declaration prepared by a lawyer or notary public attesting a voter’s identity and/or residence
Utility bill
ID Option #2
Note: Electronic documents (e.g. e-bills) and electronic scans of a paper document are acceptable. Hand-written information on a document is not acceptable, with the following exceptions: Confirmation of Residence forms and statutory declarations completed by hand will be accepted; a Canadian passport containing a voter’s printed name and handwritten address may be accepted as proof of identity, but not as proof of residential address.

Option 3
Voters who don’t have identification can have their identity vouched for by another person. The voucher must be:

a registered voter resident in the voter’s electoral district, or
a spouse, parent, grandparent, adult child, adult grandchild or adult sibling of the voter, or
a person with the authority to make personal care decisions for the voter.
Vouchers must provide acceptable identification. The voter and the voucher must each make a solemn declaration confirming the voter’s identity and residential address.

A voucher who is not the voter’s relative or personal care authority may only vouch for one voter. A relative may vouch for any voters who are members of their family. A personal care authority may vouch for all voters over whom they have written authority.

A voter who has been vouched for may not vouch for another voter in that election.

Power of Attorney does not give an individual the authority to make personal care decisions for another person. To establish that a person has authority under the common law or an enactment to make personal care decisions for a voter as required under the Election Act, the voucher must make a solemn declaration that they have either:

An order of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, naming the voucher and stating that the voucher has been appointed as:

a ‘Committee’ to manage the person of the applicant under the Patients Property Act of British Columbia; or
a person with the authority to make personal care decisions in respect of the applicant without reference to any statute or regulation.
OR

A valid Representation Agreement currently in effect, naming the voucher as a representative or monitor of the applicant under the Representation Agreement Act of British Columbia.

More info:
https://elections.bc.ca/