People standing in line to vote two metres apart

Voting Safely and COVID-19

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

A Provincial General Election has been called for Saturday, October 24. We’ve been working with the Office of the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC to make sure it’s conducted safely for voters, candidates and election workers. We want to make sure that voters don’t have to choose between safeguarding their health and exercising their right to vote.

What you can expect at in-person voting places

All voting places and district electoral offices will have protective measures in place, including:

  • Physical distancing
  • Capacity limits
  • Election officials wearing personal protective equipment (such as masks and face-visors)
  • Protective barriers
  • Hand sanitizing stations
  • Frequent cleaning of voting stations and frequently touched surfaces
  • Election workers trained on safe workplace guidelines and pandemic protocols

Voting places will follow the practices outlined in our voting place safety plan (PDF) which includes input provided by WorkSafeBC.

Some familiar voting procedures may be different. For example, you will show your identification without handing it to an election official, and you will make a verbal declaration of your eligibility to vote instead of signing a voting book.

Do your part to vote safely!

Follow the instructions from election officials and signage in the voting place to help maintain physical distancing. You will be asked to sanitize your hands before and after voting. You may use your own pen or pencil to mark your ballot, if you wish.

You are welcome to wear a face mask, if you wish. You will not be asked to remove your mask to vote.

If you are ill or self-isolating, do not visit a voting place. Request a vote-by-mail package or call Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683 for assistance.

Ways to vote

Vote in person: You may vote in person on General Voting Day on Saturday, October 24, in advance from Thursday, October 15 to Wednesday, October 21, or at a district electoral office from now until 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. We have added additional advance voting opportunities to reduce the number of voters in voting places. Find out more about Where to Vote or check the Where to Vote app for regular updates.

Vote by mail: October 17 was the last day to request a vote-by-mail package online or by phone. For more information on voting by mail, including how to return your vote-by-mail package, visit our How to Vote by Mail page.

Accessible voting for at-risk voters and voters with disabilities: These options include curbside voting, assisted telephone voting, and site-based voting.