Advance polling begins on Oct. 15, 2020, across B.C. in the 2020 snap election. (Black Press files)

Advance polling begins on Oct. 15, 2020, across B.C. in the 2020 snap election. (Black Press files)

B.C. VOTES 2020: Advance voting in Tofino begins today, Ucluelet’s advance polls open Sunday

Advance voting runs from Oct. 15 to Oct. 21 in B.C.’s election

West Coasters who have already made up their minds in the provincial election will be able to cast their ballots in-person, starting today.

Advance voting began in some parts of the province on Thursday and will run until Oct. 21, with Election Day on Oct. 24.

Elections BC had received roughly 670,000 vote-by-mail package requests as of Oct. 14. There are 3.48 million registered voters in B.C.

READ MORE: Here’s how voting amid a pandemic will happen in B.C.

West Coast advance polling locations:

Advance voting places will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time on the days they are open.

– Tofino Community Hall – 351 Arnet Road, Tofino. Open Friday, Oct, 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17.

– Ucluelet Community Centre – 500 Matterson Drive, Ucluelet. Open Sunday, Oct. 18 and Monday, Oct. 19.

Candidates running in the riding:

Rob Clarke (BC Libertarians)

Graham Hughes (Independent)

Evan Jolicoeur (BC Green Party)

Josie Osborne (BC NDP)

Helen Poon (BC Liberals)

Voter registration:

While eligible voters don’t have to register ahead of time to take part in the election, Elections BC recommends British Columbians sign up ahead of time in order to avoid lengthy lineups.

Voters can register or update their information online at elections.bc.ca/ovr or by calling 1-800-661-8683. Registration closed on Sept. 26.

To be eligible, British Columbians must be able to show one of the following pieces of identification:

  • A B.C. driver’s licence
  • A B.C. Identification Card
  • A B.C. Services Card, with photo
  • A Certificate of Indian Status
  • Another card issued by the B.C. government, or Canada, that shows your name, photo and address

Health rules for voting during COVID-19:

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

– with files from Ashley Wadhwani

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