A voting booth inside the RotaCrest Hall voting location in Creston. Photo: Aaron Hemens

A voting booth inside the RotaCrest Hall voting location in Creston. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Voting underway in Nelson-Creston

We asked people what their experience was voting during the pandemic

The Creston Valley Advance caught up with voters and staff at the RotaCrest Hall voting station in Creston on Saturday for the provincial election.

Each voter was asked the same question: how was your voting experience during a pandemic?

Doug Johns and his wife Yvonne. Photo: Aaron Hemens

“From a supervisor standpoint, it’s a lot of extra details because of the flow patterns, where people are standing and how many people can be in a room. It’s an onerous challenge,” said Doug Johns, a supervisor at RotaCrest Hall voting station.

“We voted at the advance polling stations, and I was pleased with how easy, quick and efficient it was,” said his wife Yvonne, who is a supervisor at the Wyndell voting station.

John Chisamore. Photo: Aaron Hemens

“I didn’t have any problems, except wearing a mask fogs up my glasses in the cold,” said John Chisamore.

Lori Kergan. Photo: Aaron Hemens

“It’s my first time working an election, but it’s been great. The people have been great. I’ve always wanted to see how the election works,” said Lori Kergan, one of the workers at the RotaCrest Hall voting station.

Devon Caron. Photo: Aaron Hemens

“I voted during advanced voting. It was really smooth, organized and quick,” said Devon Caron, who works for the Green Party candidate Nicole Charlwood.

Mary Schmelzel. Photo: Aaron Hemens

“It didn’t feel too different. Everything went smoothly,” said Mary Schmelzel, one of the workers at the RotaCrest Hall voting station.

Click here to see locations for every voting place in Nelson-Creston: https://elections.bc.ca/docs/GVD-voting-places.pdf

Candidates running in the riding:

Election 2020: Nicole Charlwood

Election 2020: Terry Tiessen

Election 2020: Tanya Finley

Election 2020: Brittny Anderson

Voter registration:

While eligible voters don’t have to register ahead of time to take part in the election, Elections BC recommends British Columbians sign up ahead of time in order to avoid lengthy lineups.

Voters can register or update their information online at elections.bc.ca/ovr or by calling 1-800-661-8683. Registration closed on Sept. 26.

To be eligible, British Columbians must be able to show one of the following pieces of identification:

  • A B.C. driver’s licence
  • A B.C. Identification Card
  • A B.C. Services Card, with photo
  • A Certificate of Indian Status
  • Another card issued by the B.C. government, or Canada, that shows your name, photo and address

Health rules for voting during COVID-19:

All voting places and district electoral offices will have protective measures in place, including:

  • Physical distancing
  • Capacity limits
  • Election officials wearing personal protective equipment (such as masks and face-visors)
  • Protective barriers
  • Hand sanitizing stations
  • Frequent cleaning of voting stations and frequently touched surfaces
  • Election workers trained on safe workplace guidelines and pandemic protocols

– with files from Ashley Wadhwani

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