Voters are being asked to make sure their elections information is up-to-date for the May 14 provincial election.
Eligible voters in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are divided into two ridings: Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, currently represented by MLA Michael Sather, and Maple Ridge-Mission, currently represented by MLA Marc Dalton.
Elections BC has tables set up at various locations where voters can check to make sure they're on the voters' list, update their information, or just register to vote for the first time.
Look for Elections BC tables with enumerators checking voting information at the Pitt Meadows Arena Complex on March 16 and at Valley Fair Mall on March 21 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
They will also be at Haney Place Mall on March 15 and 22 from noon to 8 p.m., and at Planet Ice on March 23 - tentatively from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enumerators will also be at the Ridge Meadows Seniors Activity Centre, 12150 224th St., today (March 14) and March 20. The tentative schedule is for them to be there from 8: 30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
People who are eligible to vote can register in any community, for example, there will be a table set up on March 17 at Wal-Mart in Port Coquitlam.
Voter registration officials will also be going door-to-door in some new subdivisions and high-mobility areas.
The election officially begins on April 16, four weeks before voting day. Advance polls will be held between May 8 and 11.
Anyone who wants to be a candidate in the upcoming election has to file their nomination papers by 1 p.m. on Friday, April 26.
Nomination papers can be filed at the Service BC Centre at #175-22470 Dewdney Trunk Rd.
In the last election, 55.1 per cent of registered voters cast a ballot in the Maple Ridge-Mission riding (19,395 votes cast out of 35,200 registered voters), while 56.9 per cent of registered voters exercised their franchise in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows riding (20,893 votes cast out of 36,716 registered voters).
Elections BC estimated there were about 3.2 million eligible voters in the 2009 election. Just under 51 per cent voted, translating into 1,651,567 votes cast.
Voters can also register at www.elections.bc.ca/ovr or by calling 1-800-6618683.