The Parksville Community Centre is open for voting on Oct. 24. (Michael Briones photo)

The Parksville Community Centre is open for voting on Oct. 24. (Michael Briones photo)

It’s Election Day in B.C.: Here’s what you need to know to vote

B.C.’s snap election has already broken records for advance voter turnout, mail-in ballots

It’s officially Election Day in B.C.’s 2020 provincial snap election.

First called in September by B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan, BC Votes 2020 is likely going to be one for the history books, already seeing a number of records broken 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. In the Parksville-Qualicum riding, 12,609 of 48,396 registered voters had cast advanced ballots. In the Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding, 9,501 (out of 44,869) voters cast advanced ballots.

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 by the end of day Saturday. Meanwhile, close races will have to wait until mid-November for the winner to be declared, once mail-in ballots are counted by Elections BC officials after Nov. 6.

Haven’t voted? There’s still time. Here’s what you need to know:

Polling locations (All general voting places are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on Oct. 24, 2020):

Parksville-Qualicum

Christian Fellowship Centre, 825 Village Way, Qualicum Beach

Costin Hall, 7232 Lantzville Rd., Lantzville

Craig St Commons Gym, 330 Craig St., Parksville

Dover Bay Sec School, 6135 McGirr Rd., Nanaimo

Lasqueti Comm Hall, 206 Main Rd., Lasqueti Island

Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre, 6234 Spartan Rd., Nanaimo

Nanaimo North Town Centre, 158-4750 Rutherford Rd., Nanaimo

Nanoose Place 2925, Northwest Bay Rd., Nanoose Bay

Parksville Comm & Conf Centre, 132 Jensen Ave E., Parksville

Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, 747 Jones St., Qualicum Beach

Candidates running in the riding:

Parksville-Qualicum candidate Rob Lyon, B.C. Green Party

Parksville-Qualicum candidate Don Purdey, B.C. Conservative Party

Parksville-Qualicum candidate John St John, Independent

Parksville-Qualicum candidate Michelle Stilwell, B.C. Liberal Party

Parksville-Qualicum candidate Adam Walker, B.C. NDP

Mid Island-Pacific Rim

Ahousaht Admin Building, Ahousaht

Alberni Athletic Hall, 3727 Roger St., Port Alberni

Bamfield Fire Hall, 352 Pachena Rd., Bamfield

Beaver Creek Fire Hall, 6038A Beaver Creek Rd., Port Alberni

Bradley Centre, 975 Shearme Rd., Coombs

Cherry Creek Hall, 3720 Moore Rd., Port Alberni

Cumberland Senior Citizens Centre, 2674 Dunsmuir Ave., Cumberland

Denman Island Seniors Hall, 1111 Northwest Rd., Denman Island

Ditidaht Comm Hall, 658 Malachan Ir 11 Rd., Nitnat

Echo Centre, 4255 Wallace St., Port Alberni

Fanny Bay Comm Hall, 7793 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay

Hornby Island Comm Hall, 4305 Central Rd., Hornby Island

Hot Springs Cove Band Bldg, Refuge Cove IR 6, Ahousat

Lighthouse Comm Centre, 240 Lions Way, Bowser

Port Alberni Friendship Centre, 3555 4th Ave., Port Alberni

Royston Comm Hall, 3902 Island Hwy S, Royston

Sproat Lake Fire Hall 3, 7667 Pacific Rim Hwy, Sproat Lake

Tofino Comm Hall, 351 Arnet Rd., Tofino

Ucluelet Comm Hall, 500 Matterson Dr., Ucluelet

Candidates running in the riding:

Mid Island Pacific Rim candidate Rob Clarke, B.C. Libertarian Party

Mid Island Pacific Rim candidate Graham Hughes, Independent

Mid Island-Pacific Rim candidate Evan Jolicoeur, B.C. Green Party

Mid Island-Pacific Rim candidate Josie Osborne, B.C. NDP

Mid Island-Pacific Rim candidate Helen Poon, B.C. Liberal Party

Voter registration:

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

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

BC politicsBC Votes 2020

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Remains of the scene off Melrose Road in Whiskey Creek where three bodies were found on Nov. 1, 2020. (Mandy Moraes photo)
RCMP investigation continues into grisly discovery of 3 human bodies, 4 dead dogs near Whiskey Creek

Police still want to speak with motorist who picked up hitchhikers near scene on Nov. 1

An man from Errington died when his ATV went over an embankment on Northwest Bay Logging Road on the weekend. (File photo)
Errington man dies in ATV crash southwest of Parksville

Incident happened on Northwest Bay Logging Road on Saturday afternoon

A B.C. Ambulance Service paramedic wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 moves a stretcher outside an ambulance at Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, November 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. records deadliest weekend of COVID-19 pandemic with 46 deaths; more than 2,300 cases

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides COVID-19 update

Peter Beckett. ~ File photo
Supreme Court of Canada to decide if it will hear appeal in 2010 wife murder trial

Peter Beckett has stood trial twice for murder in connection with the death of his wife, Laura Letts-Beckett

Tabor Home in Abbotsford. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
B.C.’s largest COVID-19 care-home outbreak records 19 deaths, 147 cases

Tabor Home in Abbotsford has been battling outbreak since Nov. 4

Ash and Lisa Van carry a freshly cut Christmas tree while wearing personal protective masks at a Christmas Tree Farm in Egbert, Ontario, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Cole Burston
‘Everyone wants a tree and they want it now’: Christmas tree sales on pace for record

Anticipated demand for Christmas trees has sparked a rush by some to purchase more trees wholesale

Business groups have been advocating for years that local approvals for construction in B.C. are too long and restricted, and that B.C.’s outdates sales tax deter business investment. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. residents worried about COVID-19 deficit, business survey finds

Respondents support faster local approvals, value added tax

The first of two earthquakes near Alaska on the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, is shown in blue. (USGS)
No tsunami risk after two earthquakes near Alaska

Both earthquakes hit near the U.S. state on Dec. 1

The CVRD will reconsider its policies on fireworks after receiving complaints. (File photo)
Cowichan Valley Regional District considers options for fireworks after complaints

Distict only allows fireworks on Halloween and New Year’s Eve, with a permit

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
B.C. researchers launch study to test kids, young adults for COVID-19 antibodies

Kids and youth can often be asymptomatic carriers of the novel coronavirus

Paramedics register patients at a drive through, pop-up COVID-19 test centre outside the Canadian Tire Centre, home of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators, in Ottawa, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. A new poll suggests most Canadians aren’t currently worried that people in other countries might get a COVID-19 vaccine first. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Canadians not worried other countries will get COVID-19 vaccine first: poll

Forty-one per cent of respondents say they want the vaccine to be mandatory for all Canadians

Most Read