2018 Referendum on Electoral Reform
British Columbia is having a referendum on what voting system we should use for provincial elections. The referendum is being held by mail from October 22 to November 30, 2018. Registered voters will get a voting package in the mail from Elections BC between October 22 and November 2, 2018.
What can I do now to get ready for the referendum?
Make sure your voter information is up to date, especially if you’ve never registered to vote, moved recently, or changed your name. This will help make sure you get your referendum voting package in the mail between October 22 and November 2, 2018. You can make sure your voter information is up to date by:
- visiting elections.bc.ca/ovr, or
- calling 1-800-661-8683 (Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
You can also get informed to help make your decision. Refer to the neutral information on our website about the characteristics of each voting system on the ballot, and get information from all sides in the debate.
The Attorney General of British Columbia released a recommendations report about the referendum and the voting systems on the ballot. Read the report here.
Who can vote in the referendum?
You can vote in the referendum if you are:
- a Canadian citizen,
- 18 or older as of November 30, 2018, and
- a resident of B.C. for at least six months immediately before November 30, 2018.
|Referendum campaign period
Referendum advertising is regulated during this period
|July 1, 2018 – November 30, 2018|
Voting packages are distributed and returned
|October 22, 2018 – November 30, 2018|
|Voting packages mailed to registered voters||October 22, 2018 – November 2, 2018|
|Referendum Service Offices open||November 5, 2018|
|Voters can ask for a voting package||November 3, 2018 – November 23, 2018|
|Deadline to ask for a voting package||Midnight, Friday, November 23, 2018|
|Elections BC must receive your ballot by this deadline||4:30 p.m. (local time), Friday, November 30, 2018|