It’s the 40th time B.C. has voted

It’s the 40th time B.C. has voted

May 14 is election day in B.C. but advance polls take place May 8 to May 11.

B.C.’s 40th general election is now underway, following the dissolution of the B.C. legislature and the issuing of a “writ of election” to 85 electoral officers around the province, says Elections B.C.

“B.C. has the most accessible voting system in Canada,” chief electoral officer Keith Archer said in a release. “Voting starts now and we’re encouraging voters to take advantage of their opportunities to cast a ballot.”

Voting at district electoral offices is available from now until 4 p.m. on voting day, Tuesday, May 14.

People who are going to be out of the province during these four weeks can get a Vote by Mail package.

Advance voting also is available from 8 am. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8 through Saturday, May 11.  Anyone can vote at any advance voting location.

On voting day, May 14, polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  All voters can vote at any general voting location in the province, says the release.

People can also register online until April 23 at elections.bc.ca/ovr or by phone at 1-800-661-8683, or they can register when they go to vote.

All voters must prove their identity and residential address to get a ballot. A list of acceptable identification is available on Elections BC’s website.

For those involved in the election, candidate nominations close at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 26.