Election Primer

A what's what and what to so when it comes to voting on May 14

Britt Santowski

Sooke News Mirror

“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.”

George Jean Nathan

 

On Tuesday, May 14, B.C. residents go to the polls to determine the shape of our political house for the next four years. Let’s ensure there are no bad officials this time around!

Here’s the bare-bone basics of what you need to know when it comes to voting in BC.

 

THE NAKED TRUTH

Riding: Juan de Fuca

General Voting Day: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Time: Between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

WHERE TO VOTE

All election locations are deemed wheelchair accessible.

ON ELECTION DAY

Voters can vote at ANY of the general voting locations in their riding. For our readership, these are the main Sooke-to-Port Renfrew voting stations. For others, go to the Elections BC website.

SEAPARC Leisure Centre, 2168 Phillips Rd., Sooke

Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Sheilds Rd., Sooke

Otter Point Fire Hall, 3727 Otter Point Rd., Otter Point

Shirley Community Hall, 2795 Sheringham Point Rd., Shirley

Port Renfrew elementary school, 6633 Deering Rd., Port Renfrew

East Sooke Fire Hall, Coppermine Rd., East Sooke.

 

ADVANCED

Won’t be here? Easy. Advanced voting can be done from Wednesday, May 8 through to Saturday May 11, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sooke Comm Hall

SEAPARC Leisure Centre

 

 

CANDIDATES (in alphabetical order)

John Horgan – BC NDP

Kerrie Reay – BC Liberal Party

Carlos Serra – Green Party of BC

 

REGISTERED VOTERS

Registered voters are those who have actively registered or been enumerated. All registered voters should have received a “Where to Vote” card in the mail.

 

NON-REGISTERED VOTERS

If you have not received your card in the mail, and/or you are not registered to vote, you can still vote on the day of the election if you meet the eligibility requirements.

 

ELIGIBILITY

In order to vote, you must meet certain criteria. You must:

be a Canadian citizen

be 18 or older on voting day

be a resident of the electoral district

have lived in B.C. for at least six months leading up to the election

be registered to vote (or, you can register when you vote)

 

INELIGIBLE

You cannot vote is you have been convicted of an indictable offence (i.e., tried in court and found guilty by a judge or jury), AND are in custody.

You are also banned from voting if you have been found guilty of committing an election offence (such as vote buying, intimidation, double voting or signing a false statement).

 

IDENTIFICATION

YES. You have identification:

When you show up to vote, you must bring identification with you. This can be:

One document that includes your image, your address and your signature (driver’s license, BC identification card or a BC services card), or

A certificate of Indian Status, or

Two documents that together show your name, address, and signature, both of which have your name on them. Refer to the BC Elections website for more information if this is your situation: http://www.elections.bc.ca/index.php/voting/

 

NO. You don’t have identification:

If you don’t have the required identification, someone who is a registered voter and is a family member or someone with Power of Attorney can vouch for you. Again, if this is your situation and you want to vote, refer to the BC Elections website referenced above.