Changes made to make municipal voting easier

Burnaby Coun. Pietro Calendino -
Burnaby Coun. Pietro Calendino
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It will be easier to vote in this year's civic election after Burnaby council made changes to how people can cast their ballots.

In 2011, the city was divided into 35 voting divisions and people were required to vote in their designated voting station.

This time around, people will be able to cast their ballots at whichever voting location is most convenient. This comes after an electronic system was approved that will allow elections staff to see immediately whether someone has already voted or not elsewhere.

Advanced voting will take place on Nov. 1, 5 and 8 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in each quadrant of the city. Those polls will be located at three shopping malls—Brentwood Town Centre, Lougheed Town Centre, Metropolis at Metrotown—as well as Edmonds Community Centre and Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Special voting opportunities will also be held for people living in care facilities, seniors housing or who are hospitalized on voting day. This year it will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4, after the facilities requested a weekday when more staff are available to help qualified voters get to the voting places. Voting will also be held at Burnaby Hospital on general voting day, Nov. 15.

Coun. Pietro Calendino said it's hoped the changes will help improve voter turnout. He noted that a number of the advanced polls will be at shopping malls where people often are already.

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