How and where to vote in crucial Nanaimo riding byelection

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
January 29, 2019 - 5:44pm Updated: April 22, 2019 - 12:06pm

There were long lines throughout advance voting from Jan. 22 to Jan. 27, with more than 9,300 votes cast.Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

There's 13 voting locations throughout the Nanaimo riding, open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.Elections BC

NANAIMO — The spotlight is on Nanaimo as residents head to the polls for the fifth time in roughly two years.

They'll vote for Nanaimo's next MLA in an election with high political stakes. If NDP candidate Sheila Malcolmson wins the riding, the coalition NDP-Green government will continue as normal. But if BC Liberal candidate Tony Harris wins, the Liberals and NDP-Greens will be tied in the legislature in a scenario widely expected to spark another provincial election.

You can find all the important information about candidates online here.

Watch video from the all-candidates debate to see how they plan to tackle serious issues facing Nanaimo.

Anyone who lives in the Nanaimo riding, which starts in downtown Nanaimo and stretches to the north end, can vote at 13 locations across the riding. Registration cards were sent out to all eligible voters prior to advance voting. You can also register at a voting location with the proper ID. 


More than 9,300 people took advantage of advance voting from Jan. 22 to Jan. 27, which means roughly 20 per cent of all eligible voters cast a ballot.

Polls on election day are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

NanaimoNewsNOW will have up-to-date information once polls close at 8 p.m. and interviews with the winning candidate shortly after their victory.


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2019 Nanaimo provincial byelection candidate profiles