Last chance to submit vote in transit plebiscite

Elections B.C.

Today, Friday, May 29, is the last chance to submit your vote in the transit plebiscite, and all ballots must be hand-delivered in order to arrive at the elections office no later than 8 p.m. tonight.

As of Wednesday, only 45 per cent of ballots had been returned in Metro Vancouver. During a Thursday press conference, Mayor Gregor Robertson hinted that he regretted the decision to offer the mail-in ballot system over a long period of time, saying that it was a “unique and challenging approach that may have excluded some people, particularly young people who may have never mailed anything in their lives.”

Ballots were mailed out in mid-March, giving residents over two months to drop their votes in a mailbox.

Even though the transit plebiscite has been marketed as a referendum by some media and even City Hall, the two terms are not interchangeable.

According to B.C.’s provincial laws, a referendum is a legally binding public vote on a matter of public interest. This means the government that initiated the referendum must take necessary action that changes or implements new legislation and programs in response to the result of a vote.

In contrast, a plebiscite gauges public opinion on a matter of public interest but the results of the referendum are not binding on the government to act upon, theoretically saying that this year’s vote is a glorified and expensive opinion poll.

Stop by any of these locations with your ballot today to submit your vote:

Locations of transit plebiscite offices for ballot drop-off

Please note that all transit plebiscite offices are open during mall hours, with the exception of Friday, May 29 when ballots must be in by 8 p.m.

Capilano Mall (North Vancouver)

  • Address: 935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
  • Location within mall: Beside Dollar Tree, next to Sears entrance

Central City Mall (Surrey)

  • Address: 10153 King George Boulevard, Surrey
  • Location with mall: On second level, across from Pearle Vision

Chinatown Plaza (Vancouver)

  • Address: 180 Keefer Street, Vancouver
  • Location within mall: Across from mall entrance

City Square Shopping Centre (Vancouver)

  • Address: 555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Location within mall: On main level, across from Safety near Body Energy Club

Coquitlam Centre (Coquitlam)

  • Address: 2929 Barnet Highway, Coquitlam
  • Location within mall: On lower level, next to SportChek and McDonald’s

Haney Place Mall (Maple Ridge)

  • Address: 11900 Haney Place, Maple Ridge
  • Location within mall: Beside Cartel Jewels, across from Marlin Travel

Lougheed Town Centre (Burnaby)

  • Address: 9855 Austin Road, Burnaby
  • Location within mall: On main level, near H&M

Richmond Centre Mall (Richmond)

  • Address: 6551 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Location within mall: Across from Michael Kors and next to BCBG

Willowbrook Shopping Centre (Langley)

  • Address: 19705 Fraser Highway, Langley
  • Location within mall: Between Hallmark and Aldo

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