VICTORIA – Local MLA Mitzi Dean is reminding everyone in Greater Victoria that the deadline to register and vote in the referendum on electoral reform is fast approaching.
“Right now, we have the opportunity to change our voting system and to put power back in the hands of regular people,” said Dean. “If you haven’t already, I encourage you to cast your vote and have your say in the future of our democracy.”
Dean said that if you don’t already have your ballot, the deadline to register to vote or request a voting package is this Friday, November 23rd at midnight. All ballots have to be received by Elections BC by November 30th.
“Time is running out to vote, make sure you get your ballot in the mail as soon as possible,” said Dean. “You can also drop off your ballot in person to any Service B.C. centres or Referendum Service Office.” The Victoria Referendum Service Office is located at 100-1112 Fort Street, and the closest Service BC centre is located at 403-711 Vernon Avenue in Saanich.
Dean said that if voters still aren’t sure how they’re voting, they can take an Elections BC-approved, online quiz at referendumguide.ca. The MLA added that Elections BC has excellent resources on its website for those who want to do more research. This will ensure British Columbians have a second opportunity to have their say on our electoral system.
Dean also reminded voters that should the referendum pass, British Columbians will have the chance to vote again in a confirmation referendum after two full election cycles.
To request a voting package, eligible voters can visit elections.bc.ca/ovr, call 1-800-661-8683, or visit a Referendum Service Office or Service BC Centre in person.