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2017 Voters list quality study questions and answers

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How is my response going to be used?

The information provided through your response will be used to measure and improve the quality of the provincial voters list. The information may be shared with Elections Canada but will not be shared or used for any purpose other than to improve the federal and provincial voters lists.


What is the purpose of this study?

This study provides a means to measure the quality of the provincial voters list. A higher quality voters list ensures that provincial elections are administered effectively and efficiently, and ensures that voters receive necessary voting information.


What is the provincial voters list?

The provincial voters list is a list of British Columbians who are qualified and registered to vote. It contains basic information about each voter – name, address and date of birth. The information in the provincial voters list is used for provincial elections, by-elections and referendums. It may also be used to help produce voters lists for federal and municipal elections, as permitted by British Columbia’s Election Act and other provincial and federal statutes.


Where did you get my information?

A random sample of voters was selected from the provincial voters list for this study. The provincial voters list is updated with information (name, address and date of birth) supplied by provincial and federal data sources between elections and by voters themselves during:

  • enumerations;
  • provincial, federal and municipal elections or by-elections;
  • referendums; and
  • direct contact to Elections BC or its website.

Elections BC has signed agreements with data suppliers, including the Insurance Corporation of B.C. and the B.C. Vital Statistics Agency. The voters list is also updated using Elections Canada’s National Register of Electors.

Elections Canada has signed agreements with data suppliers, including the Canada Revenue Agency, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, provincial and territorial registrars of motor vehicles and vital statistics, and provincial electoral agencies with permanent voters lists. Lists of electors from provincial and territorial elections are also used to update the National Register.


Why would I take part in this study?

The results of the study will be used to assess the provincial voters list, which is used at every provincial election. Since only a limited number of people will be involved in the study, your participation is extremely important to ensure that the quality of the voters list can be accurately assessed.


How will my answers be kept confidential?

No individual answers will be publicly reported. The privacy of all information in the provincial voters list is protected by British Columbia’s Election Act, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and section 9 of the Statistics Act. Improper use of the information is an offence.


How does a mailing address differ from a home (residential) address?

Your mailing address is the one you commonly use to receive mail, and may include a PO box number, rural route or other specific mailing information. Elections BC needs this address to mail you information such as a Where to Vote card during elections. Your home (residential) address is the one used to indicate your residence, and usually consists of a building number, street name and community name.


Who is phoning?

Elections BC has commissioned BC Stats to conduct the quality study. R.A. Malatest, headquartered in Victoria, has been hired by BC Stats to conduct the telephone and online surveys.


How can I ensure the legitimacy of the study?

You can:


What do you mean by “Street Direction”?

“Street Direction” refers to the directional value defined within an address. Only some addresses have a directional defined, for example:

  • E 1st Ave, Vancouver,
  • 3rd St W, North Vancouver.