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Vouching

A voter without acceptable identification can be vouched for by another individual, known as a voucher. The voucher must be:

  • a registered voter resident in the voter’s electoral district, or
  • a spouse, parent, grandparent, adult child, adult grandchild or adult sibling of the voter, or
  • a person with the authority to make personal care decisions for the voter.

Vouchers must provide acceptable identification. The voter and the voucher must each make a solemn declaration confirming the voter’s identity and residential address.

A voucher who is not the voter’s relative or personal care authority may only vouch for one voter. A relative may vouch for any voters who are members of their family. A personal care authority may vouch for all voters over which they have written authority.

A voter who has been vouched for may not vouch for another voter in that election.

Power of Attorney does not give an individual the authority to make personal care decisions for another person. To establish that a person has authority under the common law or an enactment to make personal care decisions for a voter as required under the Election Act, the voucher must make a solemn declaration that they have either:

  1. An order of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, naming the voucher and stating that the voucher has been appointed as:

a) a ‘Committee’ to manage the person of the applicant under the Patients Property Act of British Columbia; or

b) a person with the authority to make personal care decisions in respect of the applicant without reference to any statute or regulation.

Or

  1. A valid Representation Agreement currently in effect, naming the voucher as a representative or monitor of the applicant under the Representation Agreement Act of British Columbia.