Voter registration


Why do supporters have to agree to the party’s rules and policies?
Answer:

Not everyone whose values align with the BC Green Party wants to become a member. But that doesn't mean they don't have an investment in the election of the new leader; the new leader is the person who will represent those values in the next general election.

So we have expanded the body of those people who can participate in selecting that representative.

When a non-member registers to vote, they have to agree to the party's rules and policies as a way of demonstrating that they are aligned with our values.


Why do you need my phone number, home address and email address to register as a voter?
Answer:

The integrity of the voting process is critical to the leader's mandate. One of the ways that the integrity could be compromised is if malicious actors register fake voters to "stuff the ballot box".

To avoid this, we need to be sure you are real and that we can contact you if necessary.

You are not obligated to receive communications from the party or be involved in any aspect of the party except voting in the leadership contest.


I share my email address with my partner. Why do you need a unique email address?
Answer:

The integrity of the voting process is critical to the leader's mandate. One of the ways that the integrity could be compromised is if malicious actors register fake voters to "stuff the ballot box".

Allowing multiple people to sign up with the same email address makes it possible for malicious actors to sign up fake voters to vote multiple times. So emails need to serve as a "unique identifier" for every individual voter.

Voters who do not have an email address can register to vote by calling our office (1888-473-3686). When voting opens, they will be sent instructions for how to vote by telephone.


What happens to my voter registration once the leadership contest is over?
Answer:

Voter registration as a supporter is strictly for the party's 2020 leadership contest. Once it’s over, your registration as a voter is null and void.

If you have chosen to receive other communications from the party (such as email updates or text messages) separate from the leadership contest, you will continue to receive those messages. You can unsubscribe from them at any time.

By default, the party will continue to retain your personal information after the 2020 leadership contest, but you can request that we destroy it instead by completing this form.

To understand more about personal information the party has collected from you or to understand your privacy rights, please visit our Personal Information Check-up.


How are you protecting the open voter registration from manipulation or fraud?
Answer:

There are many safeguards in place to ensure the integrity of the voting process:

    1. Voter registration requires the individual to disclose their home address, phone number, and unique email address. This allows us to verify that they are who they say they are through computer analysis and by contacting them directly.
    2. Individuals must also confirm that they own the email address they have provided by clicking on a link sent to their inbox after registration. No one else will be able to use that email address to register. This helps to prevent one individual from creating multiple registrations.
    3. Staff at the BC Green Party head office are also monitoring voter registrations constantly. They will investigate and follow up on suspicious activity immediately.
    4. The Leadership Committee can expel registered voters if they are found to be fraudulent or acting in malicious ways.
    5. The Leadership Committee also expects most voter registrations to be facilitated by leadership campaigns in person (such as at events). In-person voter registration can only take place at small gatherings where physical distancing can be maintained as directed by the Provincial Health Officer. Where it does occur, it is very difficult to manipulate. 
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