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.


Have something you'd like to add? Read our comment policy by clicking here.