Voting Place

B.C.’s Next Election

Provincial general elections in B.C. take place on the third Saturday in October every four years. The next one is scheduled for Saturday, October 16, 2021.

Provincial elections can take place earlier than the scheduled date. This happens if the government decides to call an election or loses the confidence of the Legislative Assembly. An unscheduled election is sometimes called a “snap” election.

Elections BC remains ready at all times to administer scheduled and unscheduled provincial general elections.

Voting Modernization

With changes to the Election Act in November 2019, Elections BC is working to modernize the voting process for the next scheduled provincial election in 2021.

The changes include using electronic tabulators to count paper ballots, and laptops to look up voters and cross them off the voters list. The changes do not include online voting or the use of electronic voting machines.

Voting modernization will make voting faster and more accessible. It will also speed up results reporting and provide timely information to support get-out-the-vote efforts.

Key benefits include:

  • Improved service through a first come, first served model, reducing wait times at voting places
  • More timely provision of voter participation data
    • Real-time strike-off for most voters
    • Close to real-time participation data from most voting opportunities
  • Faster results
    • Almost all votes counted on election night, and
    • Initial results reported shortly after the close of voting for most voting locations.

Other changes to the Election Act include:

  • the creation of a List of Future Voters,
  • expanded access to data sources for Elections BC to update the voters list, and
  • an extended campaign period for unscheduled general elections.