Jacinthe Amyot and James Herbert smile behind their masks outside Ucluelet’s advanced polling station where Amyot cast her provincial election ballot on Sunday. Herbert had chosen to cast his ballot by mail. The province’s general voting day will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ucluelet Community Centre—500 Matterson Drive—and Tofino Community Hall—351 Arnet Road. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Jacinthe Amyot and James Herbert smile behind their masks outside Ucluelet’s advanced polling station where Amyot cast her provincial election ballot on Sunday. Herbert had chosen to cast his ballot by mail. The province’s general voting day will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ucluelet Community Centre—500 Matterson Drive—and Tofino Community Hall—351 Arnet Road. (Andrew Bailey photo)

It’s Election Day in B.C.: Here’s what you need to know to vote in Tofino-Ucluelet

B.C.’s snap election has already broken records for advance voter turnout, mail-in ballots

It’s officially Election Day in B.C.’s 2020 provincial snap election.

First called in September by B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan, BC Votes 2020 is likely going to be one for the history books, already seeing a number of records broken when it comes to voter turnout.

Roughly 681,000 people cast their ballot during the seven days of advanced voting that ended Wednesday, compared to 614,389 in 2017.

Meanwhile, 478,900 returned vote-by-mail packages had been received by Elections BC by Oct. 22, representing 66 per cent of the packages requested.

It is expected that some ridings will see preliminary results as to which candidate will likely take a seat in the B.C. Legislature by the end of day Saturday. Meanwhile, close races will have to wait until mid-November for the winner to be declared, once mail-in ballots are counted by Elections BC officials after Nov. 6.

Here’s what you need to know to vote on Oct. 24.

Polling locations:

Voting places will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tofino Community Hall, 351 Arnet Road, Tofino.

Ucluelet Community Centre, 500 Matterson Drive, Ucluelet

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)

To be eligible to vote:

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, thats hows 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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