It's election day — here's what you need to know

Polls close on Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. Read below to find out where to vote and to learn more about the candidates.

It is general election day and it is a brisk day in Kamloops.

The snow arrived just in time for general voting day in the 42nd provincial election, but the roads appear clear and getting to the polling stations should not be a problem. This morning, it is -4 C on the mercury, but a stiff wind has created a wind chill value of -11 C, so bundle up as the forecast high today is just zero degrees Celsius.

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If you have yet to decide which candidate in Kamloops-North Thompson or Kamloops-South Thompson will get your vote, click here to read up all on the election campaign coverage.

If you want to know a bit more about the candidates, here you go. Click on the names to read about them:

Kamloops-North Thompson:

B.C. Conservative: Dennis Giesbrecht

B.C. Green: Thomas Martin

B.C. Liberal: Peter Milobar

B.C. NDP: Sadie Hunter

Independent: Brandon Russell

Kamloops South Thompson:

B.C. Green: Dan Hines

B.C. Liberal: Todd Stone

B.C. NDP: Anna Thomas

And here are links to our stories on the Kamloops-North Thompson and Kamloops-South Thompson debates, in which the candidates answered a plethora of questions on local and provincial issues.

Not sure where to vote? Click here if you live in the Kamloops-North Thompson riding (north of the river). Click here if you live in the Kamloops-South Thompson riding (south of the river) for a full list of polling stations.

Polls will close tonight at 8 p.m., which is when coverage of the election begins online at kamloopsthisweek.com. There, we will have updated vote counts and comments from the candidates, followed by a summary of the night and some insight from a pair of Thompson Rivers University political scientists. You can also follow along on KTW’s Facebook page and Twitter account.

While the results in some ridings may be decided tonight, many will remain in the air — as may the provincial picture — due to the overwhelming number of absentee and mail-in ballots that were cast. There were at least 500,000 such ballots and those will not begin to be counted until Nov. 6. Elections BC expects between 30 and 35 per cent of all ballots cast to be counted then, which means the final results for many ridings, and provincially, will not be known until a few days after that date. Why do they do it like this? It is all explained in this article.

 

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