May 2009 General Election and Referendum on Electoral Reform

Mon, Apr 27, 2009



For immediate release

April 28, 2009

May 2009 General Election and Referendum on Electoral Reform

Have a say in the future of British Columbia. Voting is your chance to speak up about issues that affect your life. It takes just a few minutes to have a say in your future and your province.

If you are a student, you can vote in either the riding where you reside while going to school, or in the riding you usually live in when you’re not at school. It’s up to you.

Five days of voting

Advance Voting
Open to all voters. Wednesday, May 6th to Saturday, May 9th.
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (local time).


General Voting
Tuesday, May 12th.
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Pacific time).

Other Options
If you’re going to be out of your riding or the province during the May provincial election, you have other voting options. Contact Elections BC to find out more. Visit or call 1-800-661-8683.

Voting is easy
You can vote if you’re 18 years of age or older, or will be 18 on General Voting Day (May 12, 2009), you’re a Canadian citizen, and a resident of B.C. for the past six months. If you’re from another province but have resided in B.C. for at least six months and consider B.C. to be your home, you’re eligible to vote in the May provincial election.

You need identification to vote

You must prove your identity and B.C. residential address to receive a ballot or register at the time of voting. Any one of the following IDs is acceptable: BC Driver’s License; B.C. Identification card; Certificate of Indian Status.
For other ID options, go to

District electoral office information

The district electoral office for the Surrey-Newton electoral district (Kwantlen Polytechnic Surrey campus) is located at
210-7093 King George Highway. Contact information:


604-502-5404 (phone)
604-502-5411 (fax)

DEO Office Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (local time)
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (local time)

For district electoral offices for the Richmond, Langley or Cloverdale Kwantlen Polytechnic campuses, visit

Need more information? Visit or call 1-800-661-8683 for more information. Or check out Elections BC on Facebook.