How to vote
Can I vote?
You can vote if you are a Canadian citizen over the age of eighteen who has been living in BC for a minimum of six months.
If you live out of province but have BC identification, such as a driver’s license, a care card, or a BC services card, even if it has expired, you may be eligible to vote! Contact Elections BC at 1-800-661-8283 to find out if this is the case. If you are eligible, you will need to request a mail in package on the Elections BC website. See the Vote by Mail section below.
Registering to vote
- You can register to vote online or by calling Elections BC by April 11th, using your BC Driver’s License, your BC Services Card, or your BC CareCard with your Personal Health Number. After April 11th, you can register to vote at your polling station when you go to cast your ballot.
- If you don’t have the ID cards listed above, you can still register; however you would do so in person when you go in to vote, anytime after April 11th and before or on May 9th. You must vote at an electoral district office, find the one closest to you. You will need to present two forms of ID to register, one with your address on it, such as your residence contract or a pay stub, and another government issued ID, such as your passport or your driver’s lisence. For a full list of acceptable ID, see here.
How do I vote?
You have four options for voting in the BC Provincial Election:
Vote at advance voting
- Advance voting periods are from April 29th-30th and May 3rd-6th. All voters can vote at any advance voting place — you don’t have to visit the one in your own riding.
Vote on General Voting Day
- General Voting Day is May 9th. Vote anytime from 8am to 8pm at any voting place.
Vote at any district electoral office
- Vote at any district electoral office from the day the election is called (April 11th) until General Voting Day. See below for how to find the district electoral office closest to you.
Vote by mail
- If you live out of province and/or live in BC and plan on leaving the province before advanced voting is open once the term has finished, this option is for you! Voters can request a vote by mail package right now, to be sent in after April 11th. Be sure to send in your package with enough time to reach the Elections BC office before 8pm on election day on May 9th.
Register to Vote: http://elections.bc.ca/register-to-vote/
District Electoral Offices: http://elections.bc.ca/2017-general-election/district-electoral-offices/