FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2017
VICTORIA – The writs have been issued for British Columbia’s 41st Provincial General Election.
“Eligible voters can vote from now until the polls close on General Voting Day,” said Keith Archer, Chief Electoral Officer. “B.C. has the most accessible voting system in Canada, and we encourage all eligible voters to cast a ballot.”
General Voting Day is Tuesday, May 9. Voting places throughout the province will be open on General Voting Day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Pacific time). Advance voting is available on April 29 and April 30, and from May 3 to May 6. Advance voting places are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (local time).
Voting is also available at district electoral offices from now until 4 p.m. on General Voting Day, and by mail. Vote by mail packages can be requested through a district electoral office, on Elections BC’s website, or by calling 1-800-661-8683.
Voters can find more information about where, when and how to vote on Elections BC’s website. It includes a Where to Vote application that shows voting places, their hours, and directions on a Google Map. The Where to Vote application is available at elections.bc.ca/wtv.
Where to Vote cards will be distributed starting April 20, and the dates, times and locations for advance and general voting opportunities will be published in community newspapers throughout B.C.
Voter registration by phone at 1-800-661-8683 closes at 8 p.m. (Pacific time) tonight. Voter registration online at elections.bc.ca/ovr closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time) tonight. Eligible voters can still register or update their voter registration when they vote.
All voters must prove their identity and residential address to receive a ballot. A complete list of acceptable identification is available at elections.bc.ca.
Candidate nominations close at 1 p.m. (Pacific time) on Tuesday, April 18. Nomination papers must be submitted to the district electoral officer for the district the candidate intends to run in.
For more information, visit elections.bc.ca, follow Elections BC on social media, or call 1-800-661-8683.