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ELECTIONS BC 2020

Thursday, September 24, 2020

All information below comes from the Elections BC website.  In the event of a discrepancy between this webpage and Elections BC, the Elections BC information will prevail.

1. When is the upcoming BC election?

Saturday, October 24, 2020, is British Columbia’s general voting date when polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. PST.   Key election dates can be found here.

2. Voting Safely and COVID-19

Elections BC wants to make sure that voters don’t have to choose between safeguarding their health and exercising their right to vote.

What you can expect at in-person voting places?

  • All voting places and district electoral offices will have protective measures in place, including:
  • Physical distancing
  • Capacity limits
  • Election officials wearing personal protective equipment (such as masks and face-visors)   
  • Protective barriers
  • Hand sanitizing stations
  • Frequent cleaning of voting stations and frequently touched surfaces
  • Election workers trained on safe workplace guidelines and pandemic protocols
  • Voting places will follow the practices outlined in the Elections BC voting place safety plan (PDF) which includes input provided by WorkSafeBC.

Do your part to vote safely!

Follow the instructions from election officials and signage in the voting place to help maintain physical distancing. You will be asked to sanitize your hands before and after voting.

You are welcome to wear a face mask if you wish. You will not be asked to remove your mask to vote.
If you are ill or self-isolating, do not visit a voting place. Request a vote-by-mail package or call Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683 for assistance.

3. Who Can Vote, and How do I register to vote?

To register to vote in British Columbia, you must be:

  • 18 or older by General Voting Day,
  • a Canadian citizen, and
  • a B.C. resident for the past six months as of General Voting Day.

If you meet these criteria, registration is easy! You can register:

  • online
  • by phone at 1-800-661-8683
  • by mail, fax or email by sending us this form
  • in person at our office at 100 – 1112 Fort St, Victoria, BC, V8V 3K8
  • in person when you go to vote (see the ID requirements)

If you wish to vote in person, completing the registration process now will ensure you receive a ‘where to vote card’ from Elections BC and will make the voting process faster when you go to vote.

If you don’t update your information or register by phone or online by Saturday, September 26, you can do so when you go to vote, though the voting process will take longer.

If you want to vote by mail, you may register and request a vote-by-mail package at the same time.

For more information, go to Elections BC, Online Voter Registration FAQs.

5. How do I vote by mail if I’m already a registered voter?

  • Any eligible voter can vote by mail.
  • Contact Elections BC to request a vote-by-mail package as soon as possible.  The package will be mailed to you.  You can request one by:
  • Request a vote-by-mail package online
  • Calling Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683

If you prefer to pick up your package in person, contact the closest district electoral office.

Completed vote-by-mail packages must be received by Elections BC before 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on Saturday, October 24, 2020.

6. How do I complete a vote-by-mail package?

Follow the instructions in your vote-by-mail package or download the instructions here.

Remember your completed vote-by-mail package must be received by Elections BC before 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on Saturday, October 24, 2020.

7. How to return your vote-by-mail package

You can return your vote-by-mail package in person at a district electoral office, voting place, or participating Service BC locations.  Check the Where to Vote app for a list of district electoral offices and voting places, or see this list of Service BC locations.

Note: Vote-by-mail packages cannot be dropped off at Service BC locations in Surrey, Vancouver, Burnaby, or Masset. Voters in these areas wishing to return their package in person should return it at a district electoral office or voting place.

You can also return your package by mail.  A postage-paid return envelope is provided for voters in Canada.  If mailing from outside of Canada, you must provide the necessary postage.

Completed vote-by-mail packages must be received by Elections BC before 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on Saturday, October 24.

Voters are encouraged to return their packages as soon as possible to make sure it is received by the deadline.

If you have any questions about your vote by mail package, call Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683.

8.  Where, and How, do I vote in person

What should I bring if I vote in person?

  • Valid ID that shows your name and home address.
  • Your Where to Vote card. Look for it in the mail from Elections BC before advance voting starts. Bringing it with you to the voting place will make voting faster and easier.
  • Your own pen or pencil to mark your ballot, if you wish.
  • A mask to wear in the voting place, if you wish. We encourage voters to wear a mask when they vote to protect others. You will not be asked to remove your mask to vote. Learn more about voting safely and COVID-19.

Check out Elections BC’s  Where to Vote app for the voting place nearest you and the dates it will be open.

Vote in advance

Voting in advance is an option for all voters.

Thursday, October 15 to Wednesday, October 21| 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Pacific time)

Note that some advance voting places may not be open on every advance voting day. Advance voting places and the dates they are open are being confirmed and will be posted here when available.

Vote on General Voting Day

Saturday, October 24 | 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Pacific time)

Voters have an assigned voting place on General Voting Day. Normally it is faster to vote at your assigned voting place, but you can vote at another voting place if it is more convenient to you.

General Voting Day voting places and the dates they are open are being confirmed and will be posted here when available. Note that the voting places open on advance voting days and General Voting Day may be different.

Vote at a district electoral office

As soon as possible after the writs are issued until 4 p.m. (Pacific time) on Saturday, October 24.

You can vote or pick up a vote-by-mail package at any district electoral office in the province. Offices are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during advance voting. DEO office locations are being confirmed and will be posted here when available.