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Voting in the referendum


Registered voters will get a voting package in the mail from Elections BC between October 22 and November 2, 2018.

Make sure your voter information is up to date to make sure you get your voting package in the mail. Use our online system or call us at 1-800-661-8683.

The ballot


This is what your ballot will look like.

Referendum Ballot

For Question 1, you’ll vote by filling in the oval to the right of your choice, like this: Oval

For Question 2, you’ll vote by ranking the systems in order of preference by filling in one oval for each system you wish to rank. When you vote, make sure you only put one choice in a column and don’t choose the same system more than once.

Question 2 Incorrect Incorrect

Do I have to answer both questions on the ballot?
No, you can answer both questions or just one. Your ballot will still be counted if you only answer one question.

If I support First Past the Post on Question 1, can I still answer Question 2?
Yes.

If I answer Question 2, do I have to rank all three systems?
No. You can rank one, two or all three systems.

Voters who are temporarily away


If you will be away from B.C. temporarily and meet the eligibility requirements, you can vote in the referendum.

First, make sure you’re registered to vote and that your voter information is up to date. You can do this on our website at elections.bc.ca/ovr or by calling 1-800-661-8683.

If you’ve purchased mail forwarding services from Canada Post during your time away, no further action is required on your part. Your voting package will be sent to your address on file and automatically forwarded by Canada Post.

Otherwise, you can provide us with a temporary address where we can send your voting package. Before October 22 you can provide us with a temporary address by calling 1-800-661-8683, or emailing voterservices@elections.bc.ca with the following information:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • residential address in B.C.
  • mailing address where you will be staying between late October and early November.

Between October 22 and November 23, voters who have not received their voting package can ask for a replacement package to be sent to a temporary address by visiting elections.bc.ca/ovr or calling 1-800-661-8683. Voters can also visit a Service BC Centre or Referendum Service Office. Referendum Service Office locations will be posted on our website when they are available.