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How to Vote by Mail

Voting in the 2020 Provincial General Election is now closed. Visit results.elections.bc.ca for preliminary results.

How to vote by mail

October 17 was the last day to request a vote-by-mail package online or by phone.

Completed vote-by-mail packages must be received by Elections BC before 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on Saturday, October 24. At this stage voters should return their vote-by-mail package in person to make sure Elections BC receives it by the deadline. See how to return your vote-by-mail package below.

If you have not already voted by mail, you may vote in person in advance from October 15 to 21, on General Voting Day on October 24, or at a district electoral office during open hours. Find a voting place near you on our Where to Vote page.

How to complete your vote-by-mail package

    Follow the instructions in your vote-by-mail package or download the instructions (PDF).

    Watch our video on how to vote-by-mail during the 2020 Provincial General Election.

    If the envelopes are sealed, you may carefully open the seals and tape them closed. Your package will not be rejected if it is taped shut.

    For assistance, contact Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683.

    How to return your vote-by-mail package

    At this stage voters should return their vote-by-mail package in person to make sure Elections BC receives it by 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on Saturday, October 24. Packages can be returned in person at any district electoral office, voting place or participating Service BC location (see note).

    District electoral offices

    • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (local time) during advance voting, October 15-21
    • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (local time) October 22-23
    • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on General Voting Day, October 24

    Voting places 

    • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (local time) during advance voting, October 15-21
    • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on General Voting Day, October 24

    Participating Service BC locations

    • October 23: Locations with 24-hour drop boxes or mail slots will collect vote-by-mail packages until 8 p.m. on General Voting Day, October 24. Locations without drop boxes or mail slots have varying hours. Verify the hours for your local office with Service BC.
    • October 24: Some Service BC locations will be open for extended hours to accept vote-by-mail packages, some will have 24-hour drop boxes or mail slots, and some will be unavailable.
      See this table to find the drop-off location nearest you.

    If you need help finding the closest ballot drop-off location to you, please call us at 1-800-661-8683.

    (Note: Vote-by-mail packages cannot be dropped off at Service BC locations in Surrey, Vancouver or Burnaby. Voters in these areas wishing to return their package in person should return it at a district electoral office or voting place.)

    More information

    Visit our How to Mark your Write-in Ballot and How to Vote by Mail pages for more information.

    If you have any questions about your vote by mail package, call Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683.