Local MLA reminds people in Nanaimo and the Cowichan Valley to vote in referendum

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NANAIMO – Local MLA Doug Routley is reminding everyone in Nanaimo and the Cowichan Valley that the deadline to register and vote in the referendum on electoral reform is fast approaching.

“Right now, we have the historic chance to reinvigorate our democracy and give people a stronger voice in government,” said Routley. “I urge you to cast your vote and have your say in this important referendum.”

Routley 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.

“Elections BC has already received hundreds of thousands of ballots. With the deadline soon approaching, make sure you mail your ballot as soon as you can,” said Routley. “You also have the option to drop off your ballot in person at any Service BC Centre.” There are Service BC centres located at 460 Selby Street in Nanaimo, and at 5785 Duncan Street in Duncan.

Routley 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.

Routley 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.