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Find out when to vote and how to vote!

CIJA is working in partnership with Elections BC to make sure you have all the resources you’ll need to vote in the 2020 provincial election safely and easily.

Information on this page about where, when and how to vote safely provided courtesy of Elections BC.

Register to Vote

Voter registration for the provincial election is now closed online and by phone, but you can still register or update your information when you vote in person or by mail. You may need to provide photocopies of acceptable ID if voting by mail.

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.

To vote by mail, request a vote-by-mail package. If you are not registered to vote or your voter information is out of date, your vote-by-mail package will include instructions on how to register or update your information. You will need to provide photocopies of valid identification.

To vote in person, look for your Where to Vote Card in the mail or see our Where to Vote webpage. You will need to show valid identification when you go to vote.

Voting Options

Vote by mail

Now until 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on Saturday, October 24

All voters can vote by mail: you don’t need a special reason.

Voting by mail is a great option for voters who are not comfortable voting in person because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact Elections BC to request a vote-by-mail package as soon as possible. Your package will be mailed to you. You can ask for one by:

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

Visit Elections BC’s How to Vote by Mail webpage for more information

Vote in advance

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

You don’t need a special reason to vote at advance voting – it’s an option for all voters.

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 on Elections BC’s Where to Vote page when available.

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 at any district electoral office in the province. Offices are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday 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 on Elections BC’s Where to Vote page 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 on Elections BC’s Where to Vote page when available. Note that the voting places open on advance voting days and General Voting Day may be different.

 

Pre-Election Virtual Town Hall

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

4pm-5:30pm Vancouver Time

Come and learn from provincial election candidates as they discuss topics that matter to you!

 

  • Racism and Hate Crime
  • Seniors Care
  • Economic Recovery
  • Affordability
  • Health and Safety
  • Sustainability of Charitable and Non-Profits

To submit a question for a candidates:

Please Email [email protected] with the subject line “Pre-Election Town Hall Questions”

To RSVP please contact [email protected]

 

 

Please RSVP by Oct 7, 2020

Voting Safely

Elections BC has been working with the Office of the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC to make sure the 2020 Provincial General Election is conducted safely for voters, candidates and election workers. Elections BC wants to make sure that voters don’t have to choose between exercising their right to vote and safeguarding their health.

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 voting place safety plan (PDF) which include input provided by WorkSafeBC. 

Some familiar voting procedures may be different. For example, you will show your identification without handing it to an election official, and you will declare you are eligible to vote instead of signing a voting book.

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 may use your own pen or pencil to mark your ballot, if you wish.

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.

Additional Resources

Did you know, you can read the voting materials in 17 languages? Additional materials will be added as available.

Find out more about services for at-risk voters and voters with disabilities.

Connect with Elections BC on social media and use the hashtag #iVoteBC!