Election Day Tomorrow – A Rough Field Guide


Tomorrow we go to the polls to elect a new provincial government. Not only is the ritual of voting fun and gets you out of the house, but it reaffirms how great it is that we live in a democracy where we can peacefully change governments every few years by just showing up at your local elementary school gym and marking a ballot.

Here’s what you need to know to get your vote counted in the Tri-Cities on Tuesday…

1. You should have received a voter registration card in the mail, which will tell you where to go to vote. If you didn’t get one, you can vote at your local polling station. Just bring a piece of government ID with your name and address on it, or two pieces of mail that have your name and address, like a hydro bill. Apparently voting more than once is discouraged, so ID is necessary. The full list of what you can bring to vote is listed here

2. Show up at your polling station. It’s either on your voter registration card, or Elections BC has this form where you can enter your address and it tells you where to go with a handy map.

You can see our ridings with candidates, maps, and polling stations…

3. You get the ballot, get to go behind that cool little cardboard screen, and mark a couple of X’s. There are only two things you have to decide in this election.

  • who you want to represent you as your MLA
  • whether or not you want to make the next election a multiple choice quiz by changing our voting system from first past the post to the brand new STV. We discussed this in detail last week.

Take a few minutes out of your day tomorrow to do this one small thing that means so much. Even better, bring your kids along and tell them about what you’re doing and why.

Tell us your stories of going to the polls in the comments, I love hearing the stories about the overzealous scrutineers we sometimes encounter 🙂

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