What you need to vote

When is the election?

  • British Columbia’s 39th provincial general election is Tuesday, May 12, 2009. Voting hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time.

Who can vote?

In order to vote, an individual must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen.
  • Be 18 or older on the general voting day of the election.
  • Be a resident of his or her electoral district.
  • Have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately before the general voting day of the election.
  • Be registered as a voter in his or her electoral district or register as such on voting day.
  • Not be disqualified from voting by any provisions of the Election Act or any other law.

How do I confirm I am already registered?

Do I need to bring identification when I vote?

Yes. Voters must prove their identity and residential address when they go to vote in one of the following ways:

  • A government document, issued either by B.C. or by Canada, that contains the voter’s name, photograph and residential address, such as a B.C. driver’s licence or a B.C. Identification Card.
  • A Certificate of Indian Status.
  • Two documents that contain the voter’s name, at least one of which must also contain the voter’s residential address.
  • A qualified person who vouches for the voter. Those vouching for someone must fulfill the requirements described on the Elections BC site.