How to vote, and where

  • May. 10, 2013 5:00 p.m.

Islanders have plenty of opportunity to cast a vote in the provincial election, with advance polls open in Queen Charlotte and Masset on May 8, 9, 10 and 11, and polls open in every community on general voting day May 14. District electoral officer Brian Roberts said advance polls are open for more hours this election than they have been previously, and voters have more options when it comes to ID. The advance polls are in the community halls in Masset and Queen Charlotte. Both will be open from 8 am until 8 pm every day from Wednesday, May 8 through Saturday, May 11. On May 14, polls will be open from 8 am until 8 pm at seven locations on Haida Gwaii: the Old Massett village council office, the Masset community hall, the Port Clements community hall, the Tlell fire hall, the Skidegate community hall, the Queen Charlotte community hall (in the E.A. Ross room), and the Sandspit community hall. A total of 28 islanders have been trained and will be working at the local polls, Mr. Roberts said. Voters must prove their identity and address to get a ballot. Mr. Roberts said for the first time this year, a status card, BC drivers’ licence, BC identification card or a BC services card will be accepted all on their own as ID, with no other documents required. The “where to vote” card that residents receive in the mail can also serve as identification, along with another piece of ID, he said. A wide variety of documents are acceptable as ID, ranging from a bank statement, to a receipt from a landlord, Mr. Roberts said. Voters with mobility challenges who can’t get out of their vehicles or can’t get into the voting place can get help from election officials, he said. The officials can bring the ballot and the ballot box outside if required, he said. Just ask for assistance. You are eligible to vote if you are a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old on May 14, a resident of this riding, a resident of BC for at least the past six months, and not disqualified from voting. There are three candidates running in the North Coast riding and they will be listed on the ballot in alphabetical order: Hondo Arendt (Green Party), Judy Fraser (Liberals) and Jennifer Rice (NDP). Mr. Roberts said voters do not have to mark the ballot with an X or a check mark, but they do need to make their intention clear. It is possible to request a second ballot if you make a mistake on your first ballot, he said.