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Voting Modernization

With recent changes to the Election Act, we’re 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:

  • Improved service through a “bank-teller” model which allows voters to be served first-come, first-served, reducing wait times at voting places
  • More timely provision of voter participation data
    • Real-time strike-off for most voters
    • Close to real-time participation data from most voting opportunities
  • Faster results
    • Almost all votes will be counted on election night
    • Initial results will be reported shortly after the close of voting for most voting locations

Other changes to the Election Act will also allow for:

  • the creation of a List of Future Voters,
  • expanded access to data sources for Elections BC to update the voters list, and
  • an extended campaign period for snap general elections.