Why voting in the provincial election is the most empowering thing you can do

Affordability, housing, and good jobs are top of mind for BC voters like you and me. We’re studying and working hard to make ends meet and reach our goals. The cycle of juggling life, bills, school, and work is a grind, and the cost of living is getting higher.

This can’t go on forever. We need a change.

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The good news is that big change doesn’t have to take much time. The most empowering—and powerful—thing you might do this year will take 15 minutes. It’s voting.

In the 2015 federal election, 57% of young voters (under 35) turned out and changed the outcome. We’re a passionate bunch that cares about our futures, including providing accessible post-secondary education for all and lowering student debt.

Many young voters in the last BC election didn’t make it out to vote. Some of them forgot, or felt they didn’t have the time or know enough to make an informed decision.

And that’s what political parties in power bank on. They don’t want you to hold them accountable, and they don’t want you to ask them to work for you.

The truth is that voting doesn’t take long, and you are knowledgeable. And your vote really can make a difference.

The last provincial election was incredible close. According to the BC Federation of Students:

  • Fraser-Nicola came down to 614 votes
  • Vancouver- Fraserview -- 470 votes
  • Surrey-Delta two ridings -- less than 205 votes
  • Saanich-North -- 163 votes
  • Coquitlam-Maillardville -- just 41 votes!

The entire election came down to seven ridings and 3,300 votes. Yes! Believe it: your vote matters.

Together, we can change the future of BC. We can fight for housing, affordability, and better jobs. We can lower student debt, and open the doors to BC colleges and universities to everyone who wants to learn.


Fast Facts about the 2017 General Election (via Elections BC)

In the 2013 election, in the 18 to 24 age group, there were 235,615 registered voters, and 112,918 (or 47.9%) voted.

Voting qualifications

Canadian citizen, at least 18 on voting day and a B.C. resident for six months.

Online and phone registration for the 2017 Provincial General Election has closed. You can still register when you vote.

Where to register

Students can choose to register in the riding where they live at school or in the riding where they live at home.

Map changes

There are 87 electoral districts in the May 9, 2017 General Election, two more than in 2013.

Eight days of voting

General Voting Day is May 9, 2017, but if that’s not convenient, you can advance vote Saturday, April 29 – Sunday, April 30 (8 am-8pm), and Wednesday, May 3 – Saturday, May 6 (8am-8pm)