B.C. gets ready to vote 

All candidates meeting in Whistler May 3

The 38 th Provincial General Election is just four weeks away, on May 17, and election campaigns are kicking into high gear across the province.

The Yes Campaign, which is backing the referendum on electoral reform, will also be making its final pitch to replace the current first-past-the-post electoral system with the Single Transferable Vote system.

Elections B.C. is always working to update its voter lists, and is offering B.C. residents an opportunity to update their voter information online or by phone until April 26. After that point, if they are not registered, residents will have to wait in line to register to vote.

To help Whistler residents prepare for this election, we’ve put together a voter guide with all the information you need.

How to Vote

To vote in B.C. you need to be a Canadian citizen, be 18 years of age or older on election day, be a resident of the electoral district, and have been a resident of B.C. for at least six months on election day. You also have to be registered as a voter within your electoral district, and not be disqualified in any way by the Election Act.

You can register in advance in several ways:

• By visiting the Elections B.C. website at www.elections.bc.ca;

• By calling the Elections B.C. toll-free number, 1-800-661-8683;

• By mailing in the registration card all B.C. residences should have received in the mail;

• By visiting the closest Electoral District Office. For Whistler residents, that’s 38075 2 nd Avenue in Squamish. The hours of operations are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The phone number is 604-815-2000.

• By downloading an Application for Registration at www.elections.bc.ca/reg/register.htm, and either mailing it (Elections B.C., PO Box 9275 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC V8W9J6); faxing it to 1-866-466-0665; or scanning and e-mailing it to electionsbc@elections.bc.ca.

If you cannot register in advance, you can register on the day of the election at Whistler’s polling station. You must bring two pieces of identification, and proof of address.

If you’re going to be out of the district on May 17, or cannot make it the polling station:

• Advance Voting will be held from noon to 9 p.m. from Wednesday to Saturday, May 11-14.

• Absentee Voting is for people who can’t vote in advance or on election day in their district, but are able to vote at other polling locations around the province.

• Alternative Absentee Voting is for people who will be absent from B.C., cannot physically make it to the polls, or are prevented from voting due to weather or other environmental conditions. You can request a mail-in voting package from Elections B.C. by calling 1-800-661-8683, or by applying online at www.elections.bc.ca.

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