Increased turnout for advance polls in Kamloops

By Greg Fry
September 28, 2017 - 9:41am Updated: September 29, 2017 - 7:48am

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Encouraging news at the polls for this month's by-election in Kamloops.

The City of Kamloops is reporting that, after three days of advance voting, a total of 2,969 votes were cast.

That's up from three days of advance polls in the 2014 general election when 2,526 votes were cast. The final voter turnout in 2014 was 33 per cent.

By comparison, after only two days of advance polls for the 2015 performing arts centre referendum, 3,609 ballots were cast. After general voting day, 32 per cent of voters turned out.

The byelection takes place tomorrow (Saturday), with polls open from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM. 

Here are the voting places to cast your ballot:


Voting Locations for the 2017 By-election on September 30, 2017 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm:

Lloyd George Elementary School  830 Pine Street
Aberdeen Elementary School  2191 Van Horne Drive
South Sahali Elementary School 1585 Summit Drive
Dufferin Elementary School  1880 Hillside Drive
Beattie Elementary School  492 McGill Road
Valleyview Secondary School  1950 Valleyview Drive
Dallas Elementary School  296 Harper Road
Rayleigh Elementary School 306 Puett Ranch Road
NorKam Secondary School 730-12th Street
Parkcrest Elementary School 2170 Parkcrest Avenue
Westmount Elementary School 745 Walkem Road
Arthur Stevenson Elementary School 2890 Bank Road

You can vote in the election in Kamloops if you: 
Are a Canadian citizen * 
Are 18 years of age or older on general voting day 
Have lived in B.C. for at least six (6) months. 
Have lived in Kamloops for at least thirty (30) days. 
Are not disqualified by law from voting

All Kamloops residents who meet these requirements can vote. It does not matter whether you rent or own your home. If you own property in Kamloops but live somewhere else in BC, you can also vote in Kamloops elections. This is called being a "non-resident property elector." As such, you can vote, as long as you: 

Are a Canadian citizen* 
Are 18 years of age or older on general voting day 
Have lived in B.C. for at least six (6) months. 
Have owned real estate in Kamloops, registered in your name, for at least thirty (30) days. 
Are not disqualified by law from voting

Non-resident property electors can vote only once, regardless of the number of properties they own. If there is more than one registered owner of a property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the other owners, register as a non-resident property elector. If you have any questions about registering and voting as a "non-resident property elector," contact the Legislative Services Division at 250-828-3483.

*Landed immigrants who are not yet Canadian citizens are not permitted to vote in civic elections. 
*Corporations are not entitled to vote.


Voting Process


To vote in a local government election in Kamloops, all you have to do is go to a voting location on Election Day, between 8 am and 8 pm and present two pieces of Identification, at least one with your signature and one with your address, to the registration clerk, your name will be recorded and you can cast your ballot. On the ballot, do not vote for more candidates than there are candidates to be elected; however, you may vote for less than are required (ex. can vote for a maximum of eight Councillors, but may choose to vote for only six Councillor candidates).

Here are the kinds of ID that are acceptable:

B.C. Driver's License (a combined BC Driver's Licence/CareCard will be accepted as ONE piece of identification)
B.C. Care Card or BC Gold Care Card
B.C. ID issued by the Motor Vehicle Branch
ICBC Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle License
Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form SDES8
Social Insurance card
Citizenship Card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Property tax notice
Credit card or debit card
Utility bill for electricity, natural gas, water, telephone or cable services
Welfare cheque stub showing name and ID number
Statutory declaration or sworn affidavit (from a notary public, lawyer, or commissioner for taking oaths).

Voting Information for Kamloops byelection September 30th