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.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sooke Food Bank sends out call for help

Need continues as holiday season food drives are over

Saanich Police ask for help locating missing high-risk youth

Robyn Coker-Steel has not been in contact with anyone from her home since Dec. 27

Some 500 people attend Sidney vigil for victims of Iran airplane crash

All 176 passengers, including 57 Canadians, died when Flight PS752 crashed

Warm ‘blob’ could be behind mass starvation of North Pacific seabirds: Study

Unprecedented death toll raises red flag for North American marine ecosystems

VIDEO: Soldiers trade rifles for snow shovels to help dig out St. John’s

A state of emergency is set to extend into a fifth day

Power lines cut as thieves strike Vancouver Island veterinary hospital

‘Thankfully there weren’t any animals or staff in the clinic when this happened’

ICBC to bring in ranking system for collision, glass repair shops

Change comes after the much-maligned auto insurer has faced criticism for sky-high premiums

Surrey’s ‘Pink Palace’ being used for Stephen King horror shoot

New web series based on King’s The Stand novel

‘It was just so fast’: B.C. teen recalls 150-metre fall down Oregon mountain

Surrey’s Gurbaz Singh broke his leg on Mount Hood on Dec. 30

Vancouver Island Pride weekend returns to Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Building on the success of last year’s family-friendly pride festival on Vancouver… Continue reading

Scarlett Point lighthouse keeper wins a million bucks playing the lottery

“I usually just get a quick pick, so I didn’t expect to win a big prize”

B.C. woman crowned the fastest female marathon runner in Canadian history

Malindi Elmore ran an incredible 2:24:50 at the Houston Marathon

Alberta bulldog breeder ordered to refund B.C. buyer over puppy’s behaviour

Tribunal ruled a verbal agreement to send a new dog superseded the written contract

Most Read