District looking for referendum officials to help at polling stations

With advance voting in the wards and general referendum date of April 25 set for vote on CN Rail corridor, volunteers needed

Referendum election officials are needed to assist with the 2015 referendum set for Saturday, April 25 to vote on the borrowing of up to $2.6 million for purchasing 50 per cent of the Okanagan Rail Corridor within District boundaries.

Those wishing to work the referendum can download and submit the application form online or pick one up at Municipal Hall.  Election officials do not need to be eligible voters or residents of Lake Country to apply to work.

“We need officials to work at each polling station,” says Willene Perez, Deputy Chief Election Officer. “Workers will register voters and issue ballots and then help with the vote tally at the end of the night April 25th.”

Election officials are needed for advance polls on April 15, 16, 17, 20 and 21 as well as general voting day April 25. Referendum staff may start as early as 7 a.m. and finish as late as 8:30 p.m. on advance voting days and later on general voting day. Training is provided for all positions. Remuneration is $16 per hour and the application deadline is March 27.

“The referendum is important to ensure our residents have their say in shaping our community,” said Mayor James Baker. “It’s important to note that borrowing for the corridor acquisition means that current infrastructure plans remain in place with no impact or reprioritization of budget allocations for things like water, roadways and pedestrian safety.”

Find out more about the project and the referendum process at lakecountry.bc.ca.