NEW WESTMINSTER – Local MLA Judy Darcy is reminding everyone in New West that the deadline to register and vote in the referendum on electoral reform is fast approaching.
“I’ve heard from many people in the community that they are excited by the prospect of changing how we vote. It’s time for a new way of voting that works for all of us. I want to encourage everyone to have their voice heard in this referendum,” said Darcy.
Darcy noted that if you don’t already have your ballot, the deadline to register to vote or request a voting package is this Friday, November 23 at midnight.
“Ballots need to be received by Elections BC by November 30, so send in your ballot in as soon as possible,” added Darcy. “You can also drop your ballot off at Service BC locations, rather than mailing it in.” The closest location for people in New Westminster is Brentwood Mall in Burnaby.
The MLA noted that Elections BC has excellent resources on its website for those who want to do more research. “If voters still aren’t sure which voting method they prefer, they can take a simple, Elections BC-approved quiz at referendumguide.ca to help them determine what’s best for them,” said Darcy.
Darcy 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 will have the chance to review and confirm their support for electoral reform if voters choose proportional representation in this fall’s referendum.
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.