Have your say; what voters need to know before voting day

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By Jessica Wallace

You've read the headlines, heard the platforms and you want to have your say and with a record low voter turnout in B.C.'s last provincial election, your vote means even more.

The province holds a general election on the second Tuesday in May every four years. This year we go to the ballot boxes on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

But how do you go about voting in the upcoming election?

Eligible voters must be Canadian citizens, 18 years of age or older on voting day, a resident of the electoral district, a B.C. resident for at least six months, not disqualified by the Election Act, and lastly, voters must be registered.

According to Elections B.C., over 1.9 million notices are to be mailed to B.C. residential addresses by the end of the week reminding voters to register or update voter registration information. Voters will get more than one chance to register as officials are visiting various locations throughout the province including shopping malls, community centres, campuses and select door-to-door visits in high mobility neighbourhoods, new subdivisions and residential complexes. Registration can be done online or by calling 1-800-661-8683. While registering, voters can also identify those no longer living at their address and request to have their names removed.

Once determined eligible, voters must show identification to receive a ballot on the day of the election.

Those with extenuating circumstances may have additional opportunities to vote.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca or call (250) 319-7494.


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