On your marks: Advance polls open in Kootenay-Columbia

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Time to get your pre-game face on.

Advance polling began Friday and continues until Monday across the nation and in the Kootenay-Columbia riding (which includes Nelson).

The polls open for a limited span to give people the chance to vote prior to the Sept. 20 federal election day.

Polling stations will be open in select locations from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with stations designated on voter information cards. As well, people can find advance polling station information through Elections Canada’s Voter Information Service.

After early polling closes, voters can cast their ballots on general voting day, which is set for Sept. 20.

There are five candidates on the ballot in the Kootenay-Columbia. Wayne Stetski won the riding for the NDP in 2015 by fewer than 300 votes — one of the closest races in the country — but was around 7,000 votes behind in 2019 when Conservative Rob Morrison took the seat.

Green candidate Rana Nelson joins the ballot with Robin Goldsbury of the Liberals and Sarah Bennett with the PPC.

Candidate profiles can be found below.

Advance polls:

• Saturday, September 11

• Sunday, September 12

• Monday, September 13

Advance poll locations

• Crawford Bay

Crawford Bay Community Hall

16230 Wadds Road

• Kaslo

Kaslo Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 74

403 Fifth Street

• Nelson

Nelson Rod and Gun Club

801 Railway Street

• Salmo

Salmo Valley Youth and Community Centre

206 Seventh Street

Candidate profiles:

Rob Morrison – Conservative Party of Canada


Wayne Stetski – New Democrat Party


Robin Goldsbury – Liberal Party


Sarah Bennett – People’s Party of Canada


Rana Nelson – Green Party


Timothy Schafer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Nelson Daily

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