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 begins today in South Surrey and White Rock

Advance voting runs from Oct. 15 to Oct. 21

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

Advance voting runs from Oct. 15 to 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.

Here’s what you need to know before you vote:

Surrey-White Rock 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.

Elk’s Lodge Hall 431 (1469 George St.)

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church (2350 148 St.)

Candidates running in the Surrey-White Rock riding:

A profile on the candidates running in the Surrey-White Rock riding can be found here.

Jason Bax, Libertarian Party

Trevor Halford, BC Liberal Party

Beverly (Pixie) Hobby, BC Green Party

Megan Knight, Independent

Bryn Smith, BC NDP

Surrey South advance polling locations:

Peace Portal Alliance Church (15128 27B Ave.)

Morgan Elementary (3366 156A St.)

Gracepoint Community Church (3487 King George Blvd.)

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church (2350 148 St.)

Candidates running in the Surrey South riding:

A profile on the candidates running in the Surrey South riding can be found here.

Stephanie Cadieux, BC Liberal Party

Pauline Greaves, BC NDP

Tim Ibbotson, BC Green Party

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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