Advanced polling starts on Wednesday

The first step in electing municipal representatives for Greater Trail begins this week with advance polling on Wednesday.

The first step in electing municipal representatives for Greater Trail begins this week with advance polling on Wednesday.

Resident electors will be required to produce two pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) that prove both residency and identity while non-resident property electors must produce two pieces of identification (at least one with a signature).

In addition, Greater Trail residents with mobility problems can choose to do curbside voting.

“That is for people who do have mobility issues, if they can get to the polling station then we bring election material out to their vehicle to allow them to vote there,” explained Trail administrator Michelle McIsaac.

Trail also provides a “special voting opportunity” for patients of Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital and Rosewood Village and Columbia View Lodge residents on general voting day.

Trail voters can cast their advance ballots from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Trail Aquatic and Leisure Centre both Wednesday and Nov. 16 or opt to vote during the same time on general voting day, Nov. 19, at the Trail Memorial Centre.

Montrose residents can head to the village office Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8p.m., Nov. 17 and Nov 18 during regular office hours, or wait until Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to take part in the election.

Fruitvale will host its early election Wednesday and Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the village office or during the same time Nov. 19 at the Fruitvale Memorial Centre.

Area A residents can cast their ballot at the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary building in Trail Wednesday or Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or head to the Montrose office or Fruitvale Memorial Centre on general voting day.

Though Area B director Linda Worley has been acclaimed, residents of Casino, Genelle, Rivervale, Oasis, Patterson, Black Jack, South Belt and Sheep Creek will be casting a vote for a referendum on library services.

Voters will be asked if they support increasing the annual $270,000 requisition to $355,000 in order to provide $85,000 toward the Trail and District Public Library.

Area B residents can share their opinion in advance polls Wednesday and Nov. 16 at the RDKB building from 8 a.m. to 8p.m. or on Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at halls in Rossland, Casino, Oasis and Genelle.

Rosslanders will bid for their municipal leaders Wednesday or Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Rossland City Hall or cast their vote Nov. 19 from 8.am. to 8 p.m. at the Annex.

Communities are hoping to see strong voter turnout, which traditionally sits at around 30 per cent.

During the last election, about 25 per cent of Trail residents participated while Rossland peaked at nearly 50 per cent, Montrose was slightly higher with almost 60 per cent, Warfield was strong at 77 per cent but Fruitvale topped this with over 85 per cent. Both Area A and B did not have an election in 2008.