It’s officially Election Day in B.C.’s 2020 provincial snap election.
First called in September by B.C. NDP leader John Horgan, the 2020 election is likely going to be one for the history books, having already broken a number of records 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 after polls close Saturday night.
Meanwhile, candidates — and voters — in close races will have to wait until mid-November for the winner to be declared after the record number of mail-in ballots are counted by Elections BC officials starting Nov. 6.
Haven’t voted? Here’s what you need to know:
Normally it’s faster to vote at your assigned voting place on General Voting Day, but you can vote at another voting place if it is more convenient to you.
Voting places will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Here’s a list of all the voting places in Delta North:
- Annieville Elementary School, 9240 112th Street
- Brooke Elementary School, 8718 Delwood Drive
- Chalmers Elementary School, 11315 75th Avenue
- Devon Gardens Elementary School, 8884 Russell Drive
- Gibson Elementary School, 11451 90th Avenue
- Gray Elementary School, 10855 80th Avenue
- Heath Elementary School, 11364 72nd Avenue
- Hellings Elementary School, 11655 86th Avenue
- McCloskey Elementary School, 11531 80th Avenue
- Pinewood Elementary School, 11777 Pinewood Drive
- Richardson Elementary School, 11339 83rd Avenue
- Sands Secondary School, 10840 82nd Avenue
- Seaquam Secondary School, 11584 Lyon Road
- Sunshine Hills Elementary School, 11285 Bond Blvd.
You can also cast your ballot at the Delta North district electoral office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The DEO is located at 200 – 11950 80th Avenue.
Candidates running in Delta North:
Ravi Kahlon (BC NDP)
Neema Manral (BC Green Party)
Jet Sunner (BC Liberal Party)
While eligible voters who haven’t registered ahead of time can do so in person before casting their ballot. 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