There are four ways you can vote this year.
- In person on Election Day October 24
- In person at an Advance Voting Location from October 15 - 21
- In person at a District Electoral Office, until 4 pm October 24
- By mail, if you request a mail-in ballot before October 17. Once you request a mail in ballot, you are not permitted to vote in person.
Elections BC website shows all voting locations, dates and times. https://elections.bc.ca/
Time off work for voting on Election Day
Election Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2020.
Under the Election Act, an employee “is entitled to have 4 consecutive hours free from employment during voting hours [8 a.m. to 8 p.m.] for general voting [on Election Day]”, without loss of pay or penalty.
Please note that this does not necessarily mean that HEU members are entitled to four hours off from scheduled work on Election Day. It depends on your work schedule for that day.
If you have four consecutive hours free from work on Election Day (October 24) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., then there is no right to time off work on this day.
For example, if your shift on Election Day starts at or after 12 p.m., or ends at or before 4 p.m., then you would have “4 consecutive hours free from employment” on your own regularly scheduled time off – your employer would have no obligation to give you time off during regularly scheduled hours.
Or, if you are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Election Day, then your employer would only have to give you 2 hours off work (either 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) in order to comply with the requirement that you have “4 consecutive hours free from employment” during voting hours (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.).
If you’re working on Election Day (Saturday, October 24) and you don’t have four consecutive hours off work on that day during election hours (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.), AND you’re willing to vote in an advance poll, your employer must make sure you have four consecutive hours free from employment to vote during an Advance Polling Day (October 15-21).