Provincial general elections in B.C. take place on the third Saturday in October every four years. The next one is scheduled for Saturday, October 16, 2021.
Provincial elections can take place earlier than the scheduled date. This happens if the government decides to call an election or loses the confidence of the Legislative Assembly. An unscheduled election is sometimes called a “snap” election.
Elections BC remains ready at all times to administer scheduled and unscheduled provincial general elections.
With changes to the Election Act in November 2019, Elections BC is working to modernize the voting process for the next scheduled provincial election in 2021.
The changes include using electronic tabulators to count paper ballots, and laptops to look up voters and cross them off the voters list. The changes do not include online voting or the use of electronic voting machines.
Voting modernization will make voting faster and more accessible. It will also speed up results reporting and provide timely information to support get-out-the-vote efforts.
Key benefits include:
Other changes to the Election Act include: