The Ministry of the Attorney General of BC released more details about the voting process for the upcoming HST referendum. Here’s what British Columbians need to know about the timeline, procedure, and requirements.
- Monday, June 13 – Elections BC starts mailing out referendum ballots for the HST to all registered voters.
- Friday, June 24 – Majority of British Columbians have received the ballot.
- Friday, July 8 – Last day for unregistered voters to request a ballot from Elections BC.
- Friday, July 22, 4:30 p.m. (local time) – Completed ballots must be received by mail by Elections BC or in person by a Service BC centre.
Elections BC, a non-partisan office of the legislature, will conduct the referendum.
British Columbians who are not registered voters for a provincial election, or who have moved since the last election and have not updated their voter record, will need to request a ballot from Elections BC.
Again, the question voters will be asked is framed as follows:
“Are you in favour of extinguishing the HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) and reinstating the PST (Provincial Sales Tax) in conjunction with the GST (Goods and Services Tax)? Yes/No.”
For more details, background, and contact information for inquiries, please see the AG’s news release.