Voting made easier


Elections can be daunting and considering Canadians will be voting in the fourth federal election in seven years on May 2, voters might be growing tired of them altogether.

The Prince George-Peace River riding had a less than 50 per cent voter turnout rate in the 2008 election.

However, the local Elections Canada office is making it easier for residents in the riding to get out and vote and is also helping those who might actually live elsewhere.

Come election day, there will be voting stations in Baldonnel, Charlie lake, Montney, Taylor, Rose Prairie and Hudson’s Hope, but the exact locations have yet to be determined, says Deanna Hill, special ballot co-ordinator for the Elections Canada Fort St. John office.

In Fort St. John, general voting will take place on May 2 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Pomeroy Hotel.

However, anyone who cannot make it out to vote on May 2 is able to vote at an advanced polling station in Fort St. John on April 22, 23 or 25. The station will be located at the Curling Rink.

Anyone who wants to vote need only show up with an official piece of identification and a piece of mail showing their permanent address in the riding.

Furthermore, anyone who permanently resides in a different riding can vote for a candidate in their riding by going into the local Elections Canada office.

For more information, residents can contact the local Elections Canada office at 250-785-1054 or visit the office at 9607 112 street in Fort St. John.

The local office is currently open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 until 4 p.m.

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