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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the upcoming Provincial Election taking place this Saturday, October 24th, Electoral Officer Eliza Stanford discussed some of the voting changes.

According to Stanford, there will now only be one voting officer per table who will be wearing face masks, instead of previous years when there would be two, there will be a plexiglass screen, and minimization of material sharing.

Stanford also stated voters can bring their own pen or pencils to vote if they wish and that face masks are encouraged but not mandatory.

Even with new COVID-19 protocols and safety measures, Standford says voting should still take the same amount of time as previous years, especially with the advanced voting turn out. There will be specific voting tables for each district as well.

Regarding what is needed to vote, Stanford says two pieces of ID are needed, whether it’s your driver’s license or another form of government photo ID, as long as the two pieces have your name and address on both. Your voter registration card can also be used. If you don’t have a voter registration card or signed up to vote by mail, however, haven’t received it, you can still go to the polls to vote.

BC Transit will also be offering free transit services tomorrow to the polling areas.

Voting will be taking place Saturday, October 24th, from 8 am to 8 pm. To find a voting station near you and find out where to vote, go to the Elections BC website or use the ‘Where to Vote’ app.

You can view the full Moose Talks video below; Eliza Stanford’s interview begins around the 15-minute mark.


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