You may have recently noticed voter registration notices in the mail or have heard advertisements on the radio regarding voter registration for the upcoming provincial election. The District of Sooke is encouraging its residents to ensure their information is up to date with BC Elections, as municipalities quite often use the BC voters lists for their own municipal elections. This is especially important to those residents that have recently moved to Sooke. Registering now will save time for both the BC Provincial election in May, and the municipal election scheduled for October 2018. Registration is open until April 11th. Refer to the Media Release, including links, from BC Elections which is included below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2017
VICTORIA – Voter registration notices are being sent across British Columbia starting today, marking the beginning of Elections BC’s efforts to update the voters list before the 2017 Provincial General Election.
“We’re mailing over 1.9 million notices across the province to ask eligible voters to register to vote or update their voter information,” says Keith Archer, B.C.’s Chief Electoral Officer. “Registering to vote is easy online at elections.bc.ca/ovr, or by calling 1-800-661-8683.”
The notices also indicate the new electoral district for each voter, which will come into effect when the election is called. There will be 87 electoral districts for this election, up from the current 85. More information about the new districts, including an interactive digital map showing their boundaries, is available at elections.bc.ca/resources/maps.
Starting on March 8, Elections BC will actively look to register voters throughout the province. Registration drives will be held at high traffic locations in each electoral district, including shopping malls, community centres, and at every post-secondary campus in B.C. Enumerators will make door-to-door visits in selected high mobility neighbourhoods, new subdivisions and residential complexes.
“We want to ensure the voting process is as accessible as possible,” says Archer. “Updating the voters list is an important part of that goal.”
Voters registered before the election is called will receive a Where to Vote card from Elections BC, making the voting process faster and easier. Registration online and by phone is open until midnight on April 11, 2017.
For more information, visit Elections BC’s website at elections.bc.ca.