1992 Legislative Session: 1st Session, 35th Parliament

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BILL 76 -- 1992


HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:

1 Section 1 (1) of the Election Act, R.S.B.C. 1979, c. 103, is amended in the definition of "polling place" by adding ", 114 (1)" after "section 38 (3)".

2 Section 2 (1) (a) is amended by striking out "19 years;" and substituting "18 years;".

3 Section 80 is repealed and the following substituted:

Polling place registration

80 (1) A person whose name is not on the list of voters for the electoral district where the person resides may apply for registration as a voter in that electoral district on

(a) polling day, or

(b) the day for holding an advance poll or a poll at a polling place established under section 114.1 (2).

(2) An application for registration must be made

(a) at a polling place in the electoral district where the applicant resides,

(b) if there is more than one polling place, at the polling place and the polling station named for the polling division where the applicant resides,

(c) during polling hours to the returning officer or a person designated by the returning officer, and

(d) on the form required by section 7.

(3) An applicant for registration shall produce to the returning officer or designated person at least 2 documents that provide evidence, satisfactory to that officer or person, of the applicant's identity and current residence, and one of the documents must contain the applicant's signature.

(4) A returning officer or designated person to whom an application is made under this section

(a) has, for the purpose of determining if the applicant is entitled to be registered as a voter, the powers and duties of a registrar of voters, and

(b) if satisfied that the applicant is entitled to be registered as a voter, shall approve the application and have it delivered to the deputy returning officer at the appropriate polling station.

(5) On receiving an approved application, the deputy returning officer shall add the person's name and address to the list of voters being used at the polling station and write a consecutive number alongside the name.

(6) A person whose name and address is added to the list of voters under subsection (5) is, on signing the poll book, entitled to vote at that polling station in accordance with this Act.

4 Section 114 (1) is amended by striking out "enabling a registered voter" and substituting "enabling a person".

5 Section 114.1 is amended

(a) by repealing subsection (1), and

(b) in subsection (2) by striking out "a registered voter" and substituting "a person".


6 This Act comes into force by regulation of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

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