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Final day of advance voting

Today is the last day to cast ballots in Lake Country ahead of Saturday's referendum.

Advance polls will be open Tuesday at Lake Country Municipal Hall until 8 p.m.

Turnout has been brisk over the first four days of advance voting, with 2,080 votes being cast in polls held in each ward of the municipality (Winfield, Oyama, Carr's Landing and Okanagan Centre).

To date, 22.3 per cent of the estimated 9,315 eligible voters have voted.

Residents of Lake Country are being asked if they approve the borrowing of up to $2.6 million to purchase half of the abandoned CN Rail corridor running through the municipality. The City of Kelowna is lending Lake Country the funds to purchase the other half.

The specific question on the ballot reads:

“Are you in favour of the District of Lake Country adopting Load Authorization Bylaw (Okanagan Rail Corridor) 906, 2014 to authorize the borrowing of up to Two Million Six Hundred and Fifteen Thousand Dollars (2,615,000) to fund the purchase of a 50 per cent share of 16 kilometres of the Okanagan Rail Corridor within District boundaries?”

Other Okanagan jurisdictions have already set aside funds to purchase the nearly 50-kilometre corridor, which runs from Kelowna to Coldstream.

The total purchase price is $22 million. The province is also kicking in $7.2 million, approximately one-third of the cash needed to satisfy CN Rail.

General voting day in Lake Country is this Saturday. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at George Elliot Secondary School.

When arriving at the polling station, voters will be registered as electors by showing two pieces of identification.  The identification must prove the voter’s residency and identity, including one piece with a signature. Accepted identification includes:

  • B.C. driver’s licence
  • B.C. identification card
  • ICBC certificate of insurance
  • Social Insurance Number card
  • Citizenship card
  • Credit or debit card
  • Current utility bill (with address)

Non-resident property electors will need identification proving identity and proof of sole or joint ownership of property in Lake Country.

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