The first of six voting opportunities begins on Wednesday, April 15. The advance poll in Winfield at the District of Lake Country Municipal Hall on Bottom Wood Lake Road is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters will have their first chance to indicate support for borrowing up to $2.6 million to purchase 50 per cent of the discontinued CN rail corridor within District of Lake Country boundaries.

We have an advance voting poll in each ward as well as a General Voting Day at GESS, says Chief Election Officer Reyna Seabrook. Residents can vote at any of the polling stations and do not have live in that ward to vote at that location.

Mail ballots are also available by completing and returningtheApplication and Registration to Vote by Mailbefore 4 p.m. Thursday, April 23 to the Chief or Deputy Chief Election Officer.

"We hope residents understand that there are challenges in any deal of this complexity, but we're confident we can work through those challenges and that the benefits far outweigh the challenges," said Michael Mercer, Director of Engineering and Environmental Services. "The original negotiated deal with CN remains intact and the referendum will determine whether Lake Country electors agree to borrowing the District's portion to purchase a share in the corridor."

Residents of Lake Country for at least 30 days, who are 18 years or older, have lived in B.C. for at least six months and are Canadian citizens are eligible to vote. Voters need to bring two pieces of ID, at least one with a signature, and one that proves residency, to the polling station. General voting day is Saturday, April 25 at GESS.

Residents can find referendum information including advance poll dates, times and locations and project information, including maps, FAQs and more at

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For more information contact:

Reyna Seabrook, Chief Election Officer
District of Lake Country
Tel (250) 766-5650 (ext. 206)

Michael Mercer, Director of Engineering and Environmental Services
District of Lake Country
Tel (250) 766-5650 (ext. 223)