North Westside voters access mail-in ballots

Mail-in balloting is available as an option for voters in the civic election in the Regional District of Central Okanagan

Some North Westside voters unable to cast a ballot during regular voting opportunities for the Nov. 15 election may still have their ballot counted.

Mail-in balloting is available as an option for voters in the civic election.

“There are a number of reasons that qualified voters may wish to vote by mail-in ballot” said Bruce Smith, Regional District of Central Okanagan communications officer.

“Those expecting to be absent from the jurisdiction and unable to vote on either advance voting days, Nov. 5 and 12, or on general voting day, Nov. 15, or electors who may not be able to vote due to physical challenges, illness or injury, are eligible to vote by mail ballot.  Those who are out of the area and are voting by the mail ballot must ensure they allow enough time to receive and return their ballot in order to be counted.”

Electors who wish to vote by mail in the Central Okanagan West electoral area must complete and return the application form before Nov. 13 by e-mail at elections@cord.bc.ca or by regular mail to RDCO, 1450 KLO Rd., Kelowna, V1W 3Z4.

A non-resident property elector must complete and include two additional forms and they must provide an address they wish to have the mail ballot package mailed to.

“If you are a qualified elector and your application has been completed correctly, once we receive the ballots in early November, we will send you a mail ballot package,” said Smith.

“You must allow the appropriate amount of time to receive and return your ballot.  If time doesn’t permit mailing, you should arrange to pick up a package from the chief election officer or have it couriered.”

In order to be counted, those using the mail-in ballot option must ensure the completed ballot package is received no later than 8 p.m. Nov. 15.

For more information, go to regionaldistrict.com/elections.