General Election: what voters need to know

Make your voice heard this general voting day on Saturday, Nov. 15.

The 2014 General Election is being held to elect one Mayor, six Councillors and four School Board Trustees for the 2014-2018 term. General voting day is Saturday, Nov. 15 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, 273 Power St.

Voter info

If you are not already on the list of electors, a person may register at time of voting. The person must complete the application form including your date of birth or the last six digits of your social insurance number and provide two pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove both residency and identity. Picture identification is not necessary.

Electors will also be required to make a declaration as follows:

  • You are 18 years of age or older
  • You are a Canadian Citizen
  • You have been a resident of B.C. for at least six months immediately preceding the day of registration
  • You have been a resident of the City of Penticton for at least 30 days immediately preceding the day of registration
  • You are not otherwise disqualified by law from voting.

Acceptable forms of identification include: B.C. CareCard; B.C. Driver's Licence; B.C. ID Card; Canadian citizenship card; credit or debit card if a name is embossed on the card; City of Penticton property tax notice; Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance request for continued assistance form EIA0081; social insurance number card; City utility bill.

Transportation

The City and BC Transit are offering “Ride for Free Voting Day,” free public transit to the polls on Nov. 15. Penticton voters can hop on any regular route or book a HandyDart ride at no charge providing they are going to the polls.

Mail ballots

Mail ballot voting will be available for those persons who qualify as electors, who have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity or persons who expect to be absent from the municipality on general voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities. Mail ballots must be received by the Chief Election Officer before the close of voting on general voting day. Please contact Elections Penticton for particulars on mail ballot voting.

Have questions?

For information, visit www.penticton.ca/elections or contact Penticton Elections at 250-490-2400.