Local MLA reminds people in North Island to vote in referendum

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CAMPBELL RIVER– Local MLA Claire Trevena is reminding everyone in North Island that the deadline to register and vote in the referendum on electoral reform is fast approaching.

“For too long, our voting system has put too much power in the hands of too few,” said Trevena. “This referendum is our opportunity to change politics in B.C. and I encourage all voters to submit their ballots as soon as possible.”

Trevena 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.

“It’s time to mail in your ballot and make your vote count,” said Trevena. “If it is more convenient, you can also deliver your ballot in person to any Service BC Centre.” There are Service BC centres located at 115 – 1180 Ironwood St. in Campbell River, and 8785 Gray St. in Port Hardy.

Trevena 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.

Trevena 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 a second opportunity to have their say on our electoral system.

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.