There’s now less than a week to go until the 2013 election here in BC, which means that if you haven’t already been paying attention, it’s time to start. Advance voting for the 40th provincial general election is happening until Saturday, May 11, 2013 between 8:00am and 8:00pm. General voting is Tuesday, May 14, 2013 between 8:00am and 8:00pm.
Voting and Registration
If you’re a registered voter, you already should have received your yellow Where to Vote card. It will outline your poll locations during advance voting and on general voting day. If you didn’t receive a Where to Vote card, you can find out more about your electoral district, including a list of polling locations, on the Elections BC Know Your Electoral District page.
If you’re not already registered to vote, or if you need to update your voter registration information, you can do so when you go to vote. Any eligible voter can do this, as long as you provide the necessary ID. The ID for registering to vote is the same as any voter needs to provide to receive a ballot.
You can find a full list of the identification you need to provide in order to vote on the Elections BC website. Here’s a brief summary:
- A single document issued by the Government of BC or Canada with your name, photograph and residential address, like your driver’s licence, BCID, or BC Services Card.
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- A Certificate of Indian Status issued by the Government of Canada.
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- Two documents that show your name, one of which must also show your residential address. Digital or electronic documents are acceptable. Hand-written information on a document, photocopies or electronic scans/photos of a paper document are not acceptable. Examples of acceptable documents are your Care Card, birth certificate, passport, citizenship document, Old Age Security Identification Card, property tax assessment, government cheque stub, bank or credit card statement, utility bill, and so on. (For a full list see the website.)
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- If you don’t have the necessary ID, you can be vouched for by a voter in your electoral district who does have the necessary ID, a direct family member or someone who has legal authority to make personal care decisions for you. (For more details see the website.)
Making Your Choice
For most voters, the hard part isn’t figuring out how to vote – it’s deciding who to vote for. If you’re still not sure, here are your choices, broken down by electoral district here in the Tri-Cities.
Coquitlam – Burke Mountain
- Paul Geddes – Libertarian
- Douglas Horne – BC Liberal Party
- Shane Kennedy – BC Conservative Party
- Ron Peters – Green Party of BC
- Chris Wilson – BC NDP
Coquitlam – Maillardville
- Steve Kim – BC Liberal Party
- Selina Mae Robinson – BC NDP
- Edward Andreas Stanbrough – Green Party of BC
- Jogender Dahiya (JD) – Libertarian
- Mike Farnworth – BC NDP
- Ryan Hague – BC Conservative Party
- Barbara Lu – BC Liberal Party
- Brent Williams – YPP
Port Moody – Coquitlam
- Billie Helps – Green Party of BC
- Jeff Monds – Libertarian
- Linda Reimer – BC Liberal Party
- Joe Trasolini – BC NDP
We encourage you to take the time to vote, no matter your choice. This is our chance to make our voices heard, and choose the kind of government we want to represent us. Don’t miss it!