During the election, each political party can put forward a candidate in every voting region (called Ridings). You vote for the candidate you want. The candidate that gets the most votes becomes a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA). That MLA represents the people in your Riding. The party that gets the most MLA’s elected forms the Government. The party with the next most MLA’s elected forms the Opposition. Voting allows you to choose who you think will best represent you and your community.
Your choice helps decide who will form the government in BC!
Everyone who is a Canadian Citizen, has lived in BC for the last six months and who is 18 years of age or older on voting day can vote in this election if they are on the voters’ list. You also have to live in the riding where you are voting.
If you are already on the voters’ list you will have received a voting card in the mail. If you have not received a voting card, call Elections BC or go to this website: https://eregister.electionsbc.gov.bc.ca/OVR/RegistrationActivity.aspx
If you aren’t on the voters’ list on Election Day you can still register at the polling station when you vote. However, there may likely be line-ups and you will need two pieces of I.D. with your name, address, and signature. Check this link to see the list of documents that are acceptable for I.D.: http://www.elections.bc.ca/index.php/voting/#ID
On Election Day you vote at a “polling station”.
The address of the polling station will be sent to you in the mail along with your voters’ card.
If you don’t get this information, call Elections BC and ask them where you should vote.
Yes. “Advance voting” will be held on four days the week before election day, on May 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2013, from 8am–8pm.
Anyone can vote in advance.
All voting places are wheelchair accessible.
Contact Elections BC for locations.
- For more information about how to vote check out Inclusion BC’s fantastic “Election Information and Participation Guide”: http://bcacl.org/sites/default/files/Get_Vote_Out_ProvincialElection2013_0.pdf
- Find Your Electoral District: http://188.8.131.52/voter/edfinder.htm
- Elections BC link to a list of candidates by riding: http://bc2013.com/candidates/
- Link to the Tyee’s BC Election 2013 Riding Map & Candidate’s Guide: www.election.thetyee.ca