MISSION – Local MLA Bob D’Eith is reminding everyone in Mission that the deadline to register and vote in the referendum on electoral reform is fast approaching.
“We have a historic opportunity before us. This referendum could change how we vote, so that every vote counts. I want to encourage everyone to have their say,” said D’Eith. “Elections BC is receiving more ballots every day, and it’s important Mission residents get their ballots in the mail.”
D’Eith 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 23 at midnight.
“Ballots need to be received by Elections BC by November 30,” added D’Eith. “What some people don’t know is that you can also drop it off at Service BC locations instead.” The closest location for people in Mission is 175-22470 Dewdney Trunk Rd in Maple Ridge.
D’Eith noted that if voters still aren’t sure how they’re voting, they can take an Elections BC-approved, online quiz at referendumguide.ca. “From videos, to quizzes there are resources available to learn about what voting system you’d prefer,” said D’Eith. The MLA added that Elections BC has excellent resources on its website available to anyone wanting to do more research.
D’Eith 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.