The simplest way for nurses to vote in B.C.’s provincial general election is to wait until May 9 to cast a ballot, which can be done at the nearest voting place between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. For a list of voting places by constituency, click here.
Nurses who have registered in advance of voting will be assigned a voting place that is fairly near their place of residence. However, anyone can vote at any voting place on May 9, and you can register at the time you go to vote so long as you bring valid ID. To make sure you have valid ID, click here.
It’s important to remember that all employees in B.C. are entitled to four consecutive hours free from work during voting hours on general voting day, for the purposes of casting a ballot. This does not necessarily mean four hours off work, but rather a four-hour period, free from work, during voting hours. It is up to the employer to decide when their employees can take time off work to vote on May 9, but a minimum of four consecutive hours free from work are required by law, and for nurses, under the Nurses’ Bargaining Association agreement as well (Article 36, Leave - Elections).
If you have a scheduled day shift on general voting day and are being pressured by your employer to vote at another time rather than being excused from work, see your local steward immediately. You must be given time off work to vote, if you are voting on May 9, during voting hours of 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Nurses who for any reason may need or wish to vote at another time have a variety of other options. You can:
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