City updates voting bylaw

The City of Revelstoke is updating its election bylaw by making more candidate information available, adding more advance-voting opportunities, and allowing voting by mail.

The new bylaw was introduced and given first three readings by council on Tuesday, July 8. There was no debate on the changes.

The bylaw makes several notable changes to the election process, most importantly to the number of voting opportunities available. They are:

— A second day of advanced voting will be held three days before the election. Previously there was only one day of advance voting held 10 days prior to the election;

— Special voting opportunities will be provided for voters who are residents in a seniors housing facility or patients in a hospital on voting days;

— Voters with physical disabilities, illnesses or injuries that affect their ability to vote, and voters that expect to be away from Revelstoke on all voting days, can cast their ballot via mail, but they must apply in writing first to be able to do so.

— Candidates for council and mayor must put down a $50 deposit when they file their nomination papers.

— All candidate nomination forms and endorsement forms will be posted on the City of Revelstoke website.


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