2021 By-Election COVID Safety Plan
|ADVANCED VOTING DAYS||Wednesday, February 3 & 10, 2021|
|GENERAL VOTING DAY||Saturday, February 13, 2021|
For safety reasons related to COVID-19, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs considers that special circumstances exist regarding the election; therefore, Ministerial Order M003 was issued which:
- permits all eligible electors to participate through the mail-in ballot process (application period ends 4pm Wednesday, January 27);
- permits the City to use the most current available Provincial List of voters;
- permits all eligible electors to make an oral declaration that the elector is entitled to vote; and
- permit the City to eliminate Special Voting Opportunities.
For those electors that attend in-person, the format and set-up for the Voting Place has been adapted to allow participation in accordance with the BC Chief Health Officer’s requirements for physical distancing.
SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY | CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
Please do not attend in-person if:
- You have travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days;
- You are in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19; or
- You have any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, new muscle aches, headache and/or sore throat.
The day prior to presenting at the Voting Place, please complete the online COVID Self Assessment Tool.
WHAT TO EXPECT
*layout is subject to change
Upon arrival at Revelstoke Community Centre
When you arrive outside of the Revelstoke Community Centre, eligible voters are only permitted to enter through the doors located at 600 Campbell Avenue adjacent to the Okanagan Regional Library. Signage and social distancing markers will be clearly identified outside, and entry/exit markers will be identified inside. Accessibility will be maintained, and staff will safely guide persons who may need mobility assistance.
Eligible Voters are expected to:
- Arrive wearing a mask;
- Maintain physical distancing when waiting to enter the Voting Place; and
- Eligible Voters will be greeted prior to entering the Multi-Purpose Room and asked to sanitize hands.
Proceed to the Election Official tables as directed upon check-in. An Election Official will determine whether or not eligible voters are on the Provincial Voters List:
Eligible Voters that ARE on the Provincial Voters List must:
- Proceed to the appropriate voting official to give a solemn declaration and obtain a ballot.
Eligible Voters that ARE NOT on the Provincial Voters List will:
- Proceed to the Registration table;
- Complete required paperwork;
- Show TWO (2) pieces of identification; and
- Obtain a ballot.
Upon Receiving Your Ballot
Once you have stated the oral solemn declaration and received your ballot, you will be advised to follow the arrows to the tables on the other side of the partially opened divider to one of the available tables with the privacy screens to mark your ballot.
Signage and physical distance markings will be clearly identified.
Accessibility will be maintained, and staff will safely guide persons who may need mobility assistance.
Cast Your Ballot
Upon marking your ballot, proceed to the tabulator to officially cast it. Arrows will be placed on the floor to ensure safety.
Staff will be present at the tabulator to assist with the process of feeding your ballot into the machine.
Cast Your Mail-in Ballot
If you registered and received a Mail-In ballot and wish to drop it off on General Voting Day, please advise the Greeter at the front door and you will be escorted to the dropbox near the Exit.
To Exit the Voting Place - Revelstoke Community Centre
Once you have cast your ballot, please EXIT through marked door and outside through the rear of the building.
An alternate EXIT route has been established to maintain accessibility, please ask staff to safely guide you outside.