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2017 Provincial General Election

2017 Provincial General Election

Key Dates

From writ day to return day, find out what’s happening when, and learn about key dates in the 2017 Provincial General Election.

Follow the timeline below.

2017 Provincial General Election Timeline

Provincial general elections are scheduled to occur every four years on the second Tuesday in May. The next provincial general election is scheduled for May 9, 2017.

Writ Day
April 11

Writ Day

The day the election is officially called. The Chief Electoral Officer and Lieutenant Governor will sign and issue 87 writs to each of the province's district electoral officers, disolving the Legislature and starting the election period.

Candidate Nominations Close
April 18

Candidate nominations close

Candidates must submit their nomination papers to the district electoral officer for the district they're running in by 1 p.m. (Pacific time) on April 18.

Advance Voting
April 29-30, May 3-6

Advance voting

Advance voting is available throughout the province from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (local time) on April 29 and 30, and May 3, 4, 5 and 6. Advance voting is open to all eligible voters, and all advance voting locations are wheelchair accessible.

General Voting Day
May 9

General Voting Day

Election Day! Voting is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Pacific time), and eligible voters can vote at any voting place in B.C. Preliminary results are announced after the polls close.

Final Count
May 22-24

Final count

Absentee ballots are counted and final results announced.

Return Day
May 31

Return Day

The writs of election are returned to the Chief Electoral Officer, ending the election period.