Let’s Get Out To Vote

Lynsey Kitching

It’s voting season and even though the games of politics can be something many don’t want a part of, voting is one way for residents of BC to have their say. Plus if you don’t vote, you can’t complain about decisions of government.

As of the first day of advanced voting on May 8, there were 538 people who have already voted of 18,066 people who are eligible to vote here in the South Peace.

Last year there were 3,238,737 eligible voters in BC, of which 1,651, 567 people handed in their ballots. Of these voters in the 18-24 age group was only about 27 percent whereas the 65-74 age group was at about 72 percent and the 55-64 age group was at about 66 percent. In the South Peace the turnout was 43 percent.

With Tumbler Ridge having so many people coming in and out it is important for people to know where to vote and if they are eligible.

There are six criterions to being able to vote here in BC. They are:

  • Be registered as a voter,
  • Be a Canadian citizen,
  • Be at least 18 years old on General Voting Day,
  • Be a resident of the electoral district where the election is being held,
  • Have lived in B.C. for the six months before General Voting Day, and
  • Not be disqualified from voting.

The phone and online registration for voting is now closed, however, registration can be done at any voter station if you meet the criteria above.

See you at the polls!