Voter Registration Notices Arriving in the Mail
Notices have started arriving in the mail – photo 250News
Prince George, B.C. -The first real campaign of the 2017 Provincial Election is underway as voter registration notices have started arriving in the mail in Prince George.There are a couple of ways to make sure your name is on the voters list for the May 9th ballot.
Elections B.C. Manager of Communications Andrew Watson says approximately 1.9 million notices have been mailed out across the Province “We are sending voter registration notices to every address in B.C and that’s approximately 1.9 million as I mentioned, then as of March 8th, we are going to be conducting targeted voter outreach activities in each electoral district in the Province, so these include events like setting up registration drives in high traffic locations such as malls and community centres and those sorts of places, and also conducting targeted door to door enumeration efforts in places we know that there’s a lot of people moving, or it’s a new residential development and the voters list might not be as accurate in those areas.”
You can call Elections B.C. ( toll Free) at 1-800-661-8683 to either register, or update your information. Or, you can visit Elections BC’s website ( click here) to fill out your registration online. If you choose the online option, be sure to have your drivers license or social insurance number handy. The online form will take about 10 minutes to complete.
Elections B.C. is using social media to try and get voters to register says Watson “We are reaching out to voters in every way that we can we want to be as accessible as we can in terms of how we communicate information to voters. For us this time, social media is an important part of that. We have an ‘I Register’ campaign running on social media right now that is encouraging people to register to vote so that they can express their voice when it comes time for the election.”
It is estimated there are approximately 3.4 million eligible voters in B.C.
As with any general election, there is an opportunity for employment. Watson says between elections, Elections B.C. has about 55 full time staff, but during on election day that grows to more than 25 thousand across the Province “So job opportunities are available , we are posting for election workers on our website right now, and people can check it out at elections.bc.ca/jobs for more information.
Registering on the voters list will close at midnight on the day the election is scheduled to be called, ( April 11th) but if you fail to register by that time, you will still be allowed to vote says Watson “You can still register to vote or update your information at any voting opportunity in B.C. it might just take a little longer to vote because you will have to fill out the registration information as well.”