Province votes on May 17 

The days are counting down to Tuesday’s provincial general election.

The days are counting down to Tuesday’s provincial general election.

A record number of British Columbians have registered to vote in the election, partly due to a campaign by Elections B.C. that allowed people to register by mail, online, or through the telephone. B.C. is the first jurisdiction in North America to allow people to register online.

With one week to go before the election, about 2.8 million people across B.C. had registered to vote. That’s more than 90 per cent of all eligible voters and 700,000 more than the last election.

In 2001, just 1,599,765 votes were cast, with just 55 per cent of all eligible voters casting ballots – a record low since 1980. About 22 per cent of eligible voters did not even register.

If you haven’t registered yet, you can still vote in the 2005 election. All advance registration is closed, but you can register at any polling location – all you need is two pieces of personal identification, including photo I.D., and something that proves your current address.

If you have any questions or concerns, Elections B.C. will be taking calls at their toll free number, 1-800-661-8683 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekends.

On election day, May 17, polling stations in the Sea to Sky corridor will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In Whistler, the polling station is the Telus Whistler Conference Centre.

In the north part of West Vancouver-Garibaldi, voting is at the Pemberton Community Centre, Mount Currie Gymnasium and N’Quatqua Community Hall in D’Arcy.

Squamish polling stations include Brackendale Elementary School, Garibaldi Highlands Elementary School, Squamish Elementary School and Valleycliffe Elementary School.

Advance voting is also available from noon to 9 p.m. until Saturday, May 14 at the Telus Whistler Conference Centre and the Brennan Park Recreation Centre in Squamish.

If you’re going to be out of the electoral district on May 17 and can’t vote in advance, you will be able to vote in any other voting location around the province. A complete list of polling stations is available at http://elections.bc.ca/elections/ge2005/votingplaces_full.htm.

If you’re going to be out of the province, have a physical disability, illness or injury, or will be in a remote location, Alternative Absentee Voting is available at district electoral offices until May 17, or request a mail-in voting package. For more information visit http://elections.bc.ca/elections/ge2005/vopps.htm.

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