How to Vote

How to Vote

There are many ways to vote in a provincial election in B.C.

Vote in advance

There are six days of advance voting during B.C. provincial elections. Advance voting places are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time.

You don’t need a special reason to vote at advance voting – it’s an option for all eligible voters. If you haven’t registered before, or your information is out of date, you may register or update when you vote.

Not all advance voting places are open every day of the advance voting period. After an election is called, Elections BC publishes advance voting places and the dates they are open in community newspapers, on its website, and on Where to Vote cards sent to voters. You can vote at any advance voting place, and all advance voting places are wheelchair accessible.

Under the Election Act, advance voting is available over six consecutive days starting eight days before General Voting Day. If General Voting Day is a Monday, the advance voting period starts nine days before General Voting Day. If one or more advance voting days is a holiday the advance voting period is set by the Chief Electoral Officer, and must consist of six days over a period starting 12 days before General Voting Day and ending two days before General Voting Day.

Vote on General Voting Day

During a scheduled election, General Voting Day is the 28th day after the election is called. During a snap election, General Voting Day may be anywhere between the 32nd and 38th day after the election is called, as the election period is extended to allow more time for establishing district offices, candidate nominations, and distributing election supplies.

To vote on General Voting Day, visit any voting place between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Pacific time. If you haven’t registered before, or your information is out of date, you may register or update when you vote.

Vote at any district electoral office

Voting is available at any district electoral office from the day an election is called to 4 p.m. on General Voting Day. If you haven’t registered before, or your information is out of date, you may register or update when you vote.

Vote by mail

You can ask for a vote-by-mail package from before an election is called until 4 p.m. on General Voting Day. The package will be mailed to you or you can pick it up at a district electoral office. The completed package must be returned to the district electoral office after the election is called and before 8 p.m. on General Voting Day.

If you haven’t registered before or your information is out of date, you will be given instructions in the voting package on how to register or update your information.

Vote anywhere

During an election, voting places will be listed on Elections BC’s website, on Where to Vote cards sent to registered voters, and published in community newspapers throughout B.C. You can also call Elections BC during an election to find out where to vote.

B.C. has a “vote anywhere” model, meaning you may vote at any voting place.