Who can vote in the BC Green leadership contest?

Anyone who supports the core values of the BC Green Party can vote.

There are two ways to vote:

  1. As a member of the BC Green Party. Your membership must be active and in good standing (all dues paid) by August 21 for voting by telephone and September 2 for voting online, and through to September 5 (the first day of voting). 
  2. As a registered supporter. You can register to vote by becoming a "supporter" for this leadership contest. By registering to vote as a supporter, you are not making any commitment to the BC Green Party - just simply taking part in the leadership contest.

Why are non-members allowed to vote?

Many people nowadays want to be engaged in political processes (such as a leadership contest), but choose not to become a member of a political party. For example, many people see membership in a political party as an outdated form of political engagement. Others cannot be members of a political party because their jobs require them to remain publicly non-partisan.

Still others may be open to joining a political party as a member, but first want to see how the political process works and if there is a fit with our party and new leader. Enfranchising British Columbians who want to support a leadership candidate that aligns with their values is a way for them to "get their feet wet" in our democratic processes.

We are an open, inclusive party founded on a core principle of participatory democracy. We believe we should be taking down barriers to political engagement, and allowing non-members to vote is one way we can do that.

Registering non-members to voter is also a way for the party to grow its support base and interest new folks in our work.

How do voters cast a ballot?

First, make sure you are registered to vote by August 21 for voting by phone, or September 2 for online voting. That means that you are either registered as a “supporter” or you are a party member in good standing (your dues are all paid up).

The vast majority of voters will vote online using a system called SimplyVoting. This is a secure Canadian system used by political parties, unions and local governments across the country.

Voting will take place from September 5, 2020, 1:00PM–September 13, 2020, 11:59PM. 

Registered voters who have an email address will be emailed their voting credentials by September 5. With those credentials, you will log into SimplyVoting and mark your preferences.

Those who do not have an email address must register to vote by August 21 and will be mailed their telephone credentials by post on August 28. Telephone voters will call the number provided, enter their credentials and enter their preferences.

Once you have submitted your ballot online or by phone, you cannot return to change it.

The results will be announced on September 14. 

What voting system is being used to choose the next leader?

Each voter has a single vote that counts equally toward the final result (There is no “weighing” votes by riding).

In a contest of more than two candidates, the party will use a single ranked ballot (“instant runoff voting”).

Ranked choice voting (RCV) describes voting systems that allow voters to rank candidates in order of preference, and then uses those rankings to elect candidates who best represent their constituents.

RCV is straightforward for voters: rank candidates in order of choice. Voters can rank as many candidates as they want, without fear that ranking others will hurt the chances of their favorite candidate...

If a candidate receives more than half of the first choice votes, they win, just like in any other election. However, if there is no majority winner after counting first choice votes, the race enters the runoff phase. The candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated, and voters who picked that candidate as ‘number 1’ will have their votes count for their next choice. This process continues until a candidate wins with more than half of the votes.


In a contest of two candidates, the party will use a simple one-choice ballot (“first-past-the-post”) as ranked balloting is redundant.

What if I don’t have access to the internet?

Telephone voting is available for those without an email address.

Telephone voters will be mailed their voting credentials by post on September 5. They will call the number provided, enter their credentials and mark their preferences.

If you're in a riding with no riding/regional association (yet), how do I vote in the leadership contest?

As long as you are registered to vote (you are either a member or supporter), you can vote, no matter where in the province you live or whether you have an active riding/regional association or not.

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