FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2022
VICTORIA – Advance voting for the 2022 Vancouver-Quilchena By-election starts this Friday, April 22, and goes until Wednesday, April 27. Election Day is Saturday, April 30.
Individuals can vote in the by-election if they are:
Advance voting is an option for all eligible voters. A list of voting places and the dates they are open is available here: https://elections.bc.ca/docs/vnq-byelection/VNQ_By-election_Voting_Places.pdf.
Eligible voters can register or update their voter information online or by phone until midnight tomorrow, April 20. Voter registration is available online at elections.bc.ca/ovr, or by phone at 1-800-661-8683, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After April 20 voters can still register or update their information when they vote, but doing so now will help make the voting process faster.
This week Elections BC is sending a Where to Vote card to every registered voter in Vancouver-Quilchena. The card shows advance voting places and the voter’s assigned voting place for Election Day. Voters should bring the card with them when they vote to help make voting faster and easier.
Preliminary turnout figures from advance voting will be published on Elections BC’s website throughout the advance voting period.
Voting by mail is also an option. Voters can request a vote-by-mail package online at elections.bc.ca/ovr until Monday, April 25. The completed package must be received by Elections BC no later than 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on April 30. Elections BC recommends voters mail their completed package by April 26 to ensure it arrives on time. Voters can also return their completed package in person at the Vancouver-Quilchena district electoral office.
The Vancouver-Quilchena By-election is B.C.’s first provincial by-election held under the modernized Election Act. New technology is being used to administer the election, including electronic voting books and tabulators. Electronic voting books are laptops that record when a voter has voted. They help make the voting process more efficient. Electronic tabulators are machines that count voter-marked paper ballots, allowing Elections BC to report results faster on election night. Elections BC will be interviewing voters at voting places to talk to them about their experience voting with the new technology. Input received will be used to help make improvements for future provincial elections.
For more information, visit elections.bc.ca/vnq-byelection.
Elections BC is the independent, non-partisan Office of the Legislature responsible for administering electoral processes in British Columbia under provincial legislation, including the Election Act, Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, Recall and Initiative Act and Referendum Act.