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Schools won't be used as polling places during the upcoming election on weekdays: Chief electoral officer

BY The Canadian Press, Sep 28, 2020 3:25 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

A composite image of three photographs shows BC NDP Leader John Horgan, left, in Coquitlam, B.C., on Sept. 25, 2020; BC Green Party Leader Sonia Furstenau, centre, in Victoria on Sept. 24, 2020; and BC Liberal Party Leader Andrew Wilkinson Pitt Meadows, B.C., on Sept. 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck, Chad Hipolito

BC's chief electoral officer says schools won't be used as polling places during the upcoming election, at least not on weekdays.

Anton Boegman says two days of advance polling fall on the weekend, and school gyms and auditoriums will be used then, while election day is a Saturday, so school facilities will also be available.

But he says advance polls slated for weekdays will be held in other facilities because he understands parents' and teachers' concerns about keeping COVID-19 exposures out of schools.

Boegman says using schools for election activities on weekends means all necessary cleaning can be done by the time students return on the following Monday.

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