COURTENAY – Local MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard is reminding everyone in the Comox Valley that the deadline to register and vote in the referendum on electoral reform is fast approaching.
“Elections BC is receiving more and more ballots every day,” said Leonard. “We have an historic opportunity to change our voting system so that every vote counts, so I want to encourage everyone to vote and ensure your voice is heard in this referendum.”
Leonard 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.
“Ballots need to be in Election BC’s hands by November 30th, so ballots need to get in the mail ASAP,” said Leonard. “A lot of people don’t know that in addition to mail, you can also drop them off at Service BC locations.” The closest location to people in the Comox Valley is at 2500 Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay.
Leonard said that if voters still aren’t sure how they’re voting, they can take an Elections BC-approved, online quiz at referendumguide.ca. “It’s a quick and simple way to choose your preferred voting system,” said Leonard. The MLA added that Elections BC has excellent resources on its website for those who want to do more research.
Leonard 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. This will ensure British Columbians have the chance to review and confirm their support for electoral reform if voters choose proportional representation in this fall’s referendum. “I like to think of it as a good return policy,” said Leonard.
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.