Hoping to get more involved in local politics? Here’s your chance.

As Campbell River’s upcoming by-election quickly approaches, the City is now seeking election officials to help out on the big day.

Voters will elect one city councillor on February 27th to fill the seat vacated by Michele Babchuk, who was elected as North Island MLA during the last provincial election.

The City says those experienced with voter registration software have a better chance of landing the job, however, if you’re involved in promoting an election candidate, don’t bother applying. You’re prohibited from working as an election official.

Hours of work on general voting day are 7:30 am till around 8:30 pm. The City says there are two options for shift length, either 12 hours or 8 hours, with refreshments and light meals provided.

Electing officials won’t be leaving empty-handed either. They’ll be paid $22 an hour not only on election day, but also during the mandatory online training session set for February 10th.

If you’re interested in applying, you have until January 20th to do so. Find the application form here.

In light of COVID-19, the City adds that some election processes have been altered to align with precautions that protect both election officials and voters.

“So with COVID, we have a number of precautions, including more options for voting by mail,” says city manager Deborah Sargent, adding that there will be advance polls for the upcoming by-election as well.

To learn more about Campbell River’s 2021 By-Election, click here.