Voting is an important part of our democratic process. It is a chance for every eligible person to influence the policies that affect our lives on a daily basis. With only a simple mark on a ballot, voting lets us decide who our representatives will be and what our future will look like. The right to vote is protected by Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms and is one of our country’s most cherished institutions.
Fixed Election Dates:
B.C. was the first province in Canada to establish fixed election dates. Provincial general elections are to take place on the second Tuesday in May every four years. The next provincial election is on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Subsequent elections are scheduled to take place as follows:
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Are you eligible to vote?
be a Canadian
2. be 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day for the election;
3. be a resident of the electoral district;
4. have been a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before election day
5. be registered as a voter for the electoral district
You can register online or update your registration at this site: https://eregister.electionsbc.gov.bc.ca/ovr/welcome.aspx
Need to Bring Identification: Voters must provide:
-one document issued by the Government of B.C. or Canada that contains the voter’s name, photograph and residential address, such as a B.C. driver’s licence or B.C. Identification Card (BCID) OR
-a Certificate of Indian Status OR
-two documents that contain the voter’s name. At least one of the documents must also contain the voter’s residential address.
The Chief Electoral Officer has authorized the following types of documents for this purpose. Government-issued identity documents (For example, healthcare card, birth certificate, Social Insurance Card, passport, citizenship document/certificate, Old Age Security Identification Card, Canadian Forces identification, Firearm Acquisition Certificate, firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence, Veterans Affairs Canada Health Care Identification Card, Correctional Service Canada Offender Identification.)
For Additional Election Information visit: http://www.elections.bc.ca/
For information on the major political parties in BC: BC Liberal Party: http://www.bcliberals.com/
Conservative Party: http://www.bcconservative.ca/
(March 22, 2013)
(Includes all 2002 to date Weekly Features with descriptions)