B.C.’s election is fast approaching with advance polls opening around the province this week. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C.’s election is fast approaching with advance polls opening around the province this week. (Black Press Media file photo)

A Vancouver Island guide to voting in the B.C. election

Where and how to cast your ballot for the upcoming provincial election

With Thanksgiving out of the way, the next big date on the calendar is the B.C. election.

Between Oct. 15 – when advance voting begins – and Oct. 24 – election day – B.C. residents will head to the polls and cast their ballot for a party or candidate running in their electoral district.

Voters must bring valid identification that shows their name and home address. Bringing your Where to Vote card – which should arrive by mail – will speed up the voting process.

Valid identification could be a B.C. driver’s licence, a B.C. identification card, a B.C. services card, an Indian Status card or another card issued by the provincial or federal government that shows a name, photo and address.

Alternately, voters can show any two pieces of identification that both show their name. At least one must have a current address. Examples include a citizenship certificate, canada child tax benefit statement, property tax assessment and many more. For a full list of valid identification, visit elections.bc.ca.

People are encouraged to bring a mask to wear while voting. Elections BC says voters will not be asked to remove their masks to vote. All voting locations will have COVID-19 protective measures in place, including physical distancing, capacity limits, protective barriers, hand sanitizing stations and frequent cleaning of voting stations.

For general voting locations visit, wheretovote.elections.bc.ca, or check your mail for your Where to Vote app, which lists an assigned voting place. It is faster to vote at an assigned voting location but residents can vote at another place more convenient to them.

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