–with notes from Heather Phillips
To have a ballot delivered in the mail, you will need to register before Nov. 23. You can do this by going online to Elections.bc.ca/ovr and registering. Or, for a faster response, phone 1 800 661 8683
You can also pick up your ballot in person by going to the Elections BC headquarters located at 1112 Fort Street or to the Service BC office at #401 -771 Vernon Avenue (Gateway Village).
If you are qualified to vote in the referendum but not yet registered as a voter, you can still register. As stated above, go online to Elections.bc.ca/ovr and register or phone 1 800 661 8683.
You will need one piece of ID. It must be your Driver’s License, your BC ID card, your “British Columbia Services Card” /Health card, or your Social Insurance Card/number.
If you haven’t received your ballet but did not change your mailing address and your ballot is floating around somewhere unknown, unreachable, or inconvenient, you can re-register as above. The second registration will replace the missing/wandering ballot and your new ballot will be counted. It will have your “declaration” on it. If your old ballot does return to Elections BC either blank or bogus, it will be discarded.
NOTE: There are significant penalities for voter fraud, including fines up to $20,000, imprisonment for up to two years, or both. You can only request and vote with your own voting package.
- October 22 to November 2: Voting packages mailed out
- October 30: Estimated delivery date for Sooke
- November 5: Referendum Service Offices Open (online)
- November 23: Deadline to request a package (1-800-661-8683 or online)
- Friday, November 30, 4:30 pm: Elections BC must receive your ballot by this deadline
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