British Columbians will return to the polls this fall after incumbent premier John Horgan called for a provincial general election on Oct. 24.
This year's voting experience will look decidedly different, however. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Elections BC is working with the Office of the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC to ensure the election is conducted safely.
If you're still absorbing the shock of a provincial election being called amid the COVID-19 pandemic, you aren't alone.
And while British Columbians only received the news of the fall election last week, they'll need to act fast if they are hoping to register.
According to Elections BC, telephone and online voter registration end tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 26 at midnight.
You'll still be able to register by mail after that time, but the process will take longer. You may also need to provide photocopies of acceptable ID if voting by mail.
Why do you need to register before you vote?
If you want to vote in person, Elections BC says registering now will ensure you get a Where to Vote card from Elections BC, which will make the voting process faster when you go to vote.
If you want to vote by mail, you may register and request a vote-by-mail package at the same time.
How to register
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:
- 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)
For more information, read the Online Voter Registration FAQs.