Cleaning up the voter list

Elections BC hoping to get potential voters registered before election day

Are you on the voters list?

As the next provincial election nears, Elections BC is pulling out all the stops to make sure residents are ready to participate.

Bev Kennedy, the district electoral officer for the Chilliwack Hope electoral district, said that a massive registration drive is underway.

Elections BC will be setting up shop in communities across the province, including Agassiz and Hope, so that residents can easily drop in and see if their information is registered.

The hope is that voting day, May 14, stepping into a voting booth will be quicker and easier.

In Agassiz, they’ll be visiting on Mar. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In Hope, they’ll be set up at the District Recreation Centre on Mar. 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Any resident of B.C. can stop by any of the enumeration days, Kennedy said.

“We have a table set up with our computer with the voters list on it and they can check if they’re registered,” she explained.

One of the most common complaints on election day is that people assumed they were on the voters list, when in fact they aren’t.

Those who are will receive a yellow card in the mail just prior to the election, informing them of the proper location to vote. Those who register during this province wide enumeration will also receive a card in the mail.

In addition to the registration drive, Elections BC is going door-to-door this year in order to update the voters list. While they won’t be knocking on every door, they will be visiting the newest developments, such as condo and townhouse developments, in order to educate the public.

“We’ve put together a plan to catch the new places around the province,” Kennedy said.

For more information, phone 1-800-661-8683 or visit www.elections.bc.ca.

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