The official election date is still weeks away and the nomination period doesn’t end until April 26, but voters can cast their ballot now if they choose.
Absentee voting is open for the Kootenay West riding at 1398 McQuarrie St. in East Trail from Monday to Saturday.
Don Vinish, the Kootenay West district electoral officer, said B.C. residents were able to vote since the day the writ was dropped on Tuesday.
“We’ve had a few people in already,” he said.
Vinish explained the office allows people, who might be away on election day or when the advanced voting begins, to cast their ballot.
“It’s open to anyone from B.C.,” he said.
Even if the voter is from outside the riding, the office can help by providing a ballot and a list of candidates from their region.
All that is required is photo identification such as a driver’s licence. However, if the driver’s licence doesn’t have your current address, you must also bring a secondary piece, such as a letter or bill, confirming your current address.
If you do not have any photo identification, the office recommends bringing a birth certificate or Social Insurance Number card along with a piece of mail verifying your current address.
The office hours at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday.
For more information call 250-364-6108.