The federal byelection is set for May 6 in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith riding, but before we get there, advanced voting dates will be a reality in our listening area, starting today.

There are advanced voting opportunities today through next Monday from noon until 8 pm and electors can find information on their advanced voting place on the back of their voting card.

They can also visit the Elections Canada website or call 1-800-463-6868.

Electors must provide proof of identity and address.

The list of accepted pieces of identification is online.

The voter information card is not an authorized piece of ID, but voters are asked to bring them for faster service.

Seven candidates are in the running to replace Sheila Malcolmson and they are NDP candidate Bob Chamberlin, Jennifer Clarke of the Peoples Party of Canada, the Liberals Michelle Corfield, Conservative Party candidate John Hirst, Green Party candidate Paul Manly, Progressive Canadian Party candidate John Marlatt, and Jacob Letkemann (LEK-uh-MIN), who is running as a member of the National Citizens Alliance of Canada.