Learning About Elections
It’s never too early to learn about your voting rights.
In a provincial election, eligible voters in B.C. vote to elect Members of the Legislative Assembly. Each Member represents an electoral district (also known as a riding or constituency) and has a seat in the provincial Legislature. Provincial general elections are scheduled to take place on the third Saturday in October every four years.
Student Vote is a non-partisan, parallel election program for students under the voting age. The program provides students with an opportunity to experience their democracy first-hand and build a habit of voting that will last a lifetime.
Registered schools receive a free election package that includes activity guides, posters, electoral district maps, ballot boxes, voting screens and ballots. On the day before General Voting Day for an election, schools host a Student Vote Day. Students take on the roles of voting officials and organize a parallel vote using the materials provided.
Identical to the official election process, students have the opportunity to vote on local candidates in their electoral district, and are encouraged to learn about party platforms, local candidates, and foster dialogue among students and their families.