Election 2015: New voter cards on the way for some Trail residents

Elections Canada reminds citizens to read their voter information card

In a new federal riding like South Okanagan-West Kootenay, there’s bound to be a glitch or two.

Electors in the Trail area are urged to carefully read their voter information cards, which were mailed out last week. The reason being, like similar reports from across the country, certain Oct. 19 polling day locations in Trail are questionable.

For example, some East Trail residents are directed to go to the Trail Memorial Centre for advance polling this weekend. Whereas those same voters were advised on their card, to cast a ballot in the Warfield Community Hall on election day.

Notably, unless Elections Canada makes the associated corrections, the Trail voter would indeed have to drive up to the village to vote that day.

The local riding office has been inundated with calls about such errors, and Roberta Post from the main returning office location in Penticton, confirmed new voter information cards are on the way for affected Trail residents.

“I can tell you that the polling district group of people (East Trail, polling number 230) have been moved to the Trail Memorial Centre as their polling place on voting day,” Post told the Trail Times on Monday. “Everyone will get a new voter information card in the mail, directing them there.”

It’s all part of the normal period of adjustment during the election process, says Dorothy Sitek from Elections Canada.

“It’s normal for returning officers to have change or change location of the polling place,” Sitek explained. “It’s part of the process, as was the case in 2011. It’s expected approximately 1.5 per cent of electors will be affected by change in their polling location, and that’s the number that happened in 2011.”

As a result of the current snafu, which some attribute to the re-drawn federal ridings, almost 200,000 voters across Canada have received or will receive a replacement card.

“That’s why we really encourage people to look at their voter information cards,” Sitek said. “To make sure they know where they need to go. And if there is a question or concern, check with the returning officer,  to make sure they have the right location to vote.”

She said though quite rare, if something does need to change, it’s done at the local riding level.

“There’s still plenty of time before the Oct. 13 deadline, to get a hard copy mailed to you. In the right bottom corner, replacement card is printed in red, to make sure you are using the right vote information card.”

Advance polling will be held Thanksgiving weekend (Oct. 9, 10, 11 and 12) from noon until 8 p.m. at the Trail Memorial Centre, Rossland Summit School, Warfield Community Hall and the Fruitvale Memorial Centre.

Besides four days of advance polling, Sitek reminds voters about other options such as voting by mail with packages available online or by calling 1.800.463.6868. Or people can visit any Elections Canada office and vote by special(blank) ballot until 6 p.m. Oct. 13.

“There will likely be a list of candidates printed out for you to consult, to make sure you are aware of all candidates in your riding,” explained Sitek. “And if you go to a completely different Elections Canada office (from your riding), you will still be voting in your own home riding.”

The Trail office is located in Waneta Plaza, open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Proof of identity and address is required.

About 86 per cent of Canadians vote using their drivers licence, Sitek noted.

If a government issued driver’s ID or provincial ID card is not applicable, then two pieces of identification are required.

For a complete listing of identity options, visit Elections.ca.

Just Posted

Stolen sax, sheet music, impacts Trail big-band and after school band

Anyone with information is urged to call the Trail RCMP detachment at 250.364.2566

Extensive road repair nears completion in Fruitvale

The scope of work includes new water and sewer service connections as well as road resurfacing

Columbia Basin Trust announces grant for technology upgrades

The deadline for organizations to apply is Dec. 17

Christmas blooms in downtown Trail

The Artisan Craft Co-op recently celebrated its 30th anniversary in downtown Trail

Community invited to check out mining trade show in Trail

Trade show free and open public on Wednesday and Thursday in the Trail Memorial Centre

Police aim to prevent retaliation after Hells Angel found dead under B.C. bridge

IHIT confirms Chad Wilson, 43, was the victim of a ‘targeted’ homicide

Canucks’ 50/50 jackpot expected to surpass $1 million

The guaranteed prize for one lucky winner will be $500,000 minimum when Vancouver hosts LA Nov 27

The latest advent calendar trend: Holiday cannabis

A Canadian company is giving people from coast to coast a new way to celebrate the Christmas countdown.

B.C. woman allegedly threatens to rip out intestines of American man

A Kamloops-area woman is accused of harassing and threatening to disembowel an American man

B.C. model looks a lot like expanded taxi industry, ride-hailing group says

Ridesharing Now for BC says it had hoped the bill would be more customer-driven like in other cities

Otter makes a snack out of koi fish in Vancouver Chinese garden

Staff say the otter has eaten at least five fish

731,000 Canadians going into debt to buy prescription drugs: UBC

Millennials and those without private coverage were more likely to borrow money

Pot users, investors need to be vigilant at Canada-U.S. border

U.S. authorities say anyone who admits to having used pot before it became legal could be barred

Shirtless stranger loomed over couch and started stabbing, bloody B.C. murder trial hears

Colin John pleads not guilty as trial opens in 2016 Chemainus murder case

Most Read