June 14, 2021
One Day Voting and the Public Notice

To: 165 reporters and commentators; plus 174 folks who are generally interested in good governance including members of the Social Mavrik Federation .

From: Bob Bray, President, Social Mavrik Federation

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CAMPBELL RIVER: Bob Bray announces that petition is titled correctly as "Change Voting Opportunities" rather than practically as "Restore One Day Voting".

One Day Voting and the Public Notice

The Public Notice ad below, framed in red, was published in the Vancouver Sun on Saturday, June 12, 2021.

Publishing a Public Notice marks the beginning of the 5-month Initiative Petition period with 2 months of canvasser recruiting followed by 3 months of signature gathering.

British Columbia's unique Recall and Initiative Act gives considerable authority to a successful Initiative Petition. As a result, for each Initiative Petition approved by Elections BC its proposed legislation must be properly written.

Properly written legislation has technical standards for wording and clarity.

Once the proposed legislation is judged to meet the technical standards the next step is creating a title. The title of the petition is created with reference to the wording in the proposed legislation.

The title that arises from the proposed legislation may not be as fully self-explanatory as the proponent imagined.

That is the case with the title of my petition, as I discuss below, in the sections following the photo of the ad and the display of the petition title.

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Technical Title: Change Voting Opportunities

The words in the petition title "Change Voting Opportunities" were not my first choice when I applied for approval of this Initiative Petition.

This title however accurately reflects the wording in the petition's approved legislation.
Practical Title: Restore One Day Voting
My first choice for the title was "Restore One Day Voting".

This wording related to the draft Bill I submitted with my application for this petition. The draft Bill was reviewed by Elections BC and found to "not meet the requirements of section 3(4) of the Recall and Initiative Act". The Act requires the Bill to be written in a clear and unambiguous manner.

To meet the requirements I was advised by Elections BC to revise the wording and remove the preamble. Amendments would be considered but needed to be submitted within the month and half remaining in the application period.

The technical issue revolved around repealing the articles in the Election Act about vote by mail and advance voting. Terminology used in the Election Act for "vote by mail" is "alternative absentee voting". The wording changes to repeal "alternative absentee voting" while retaining "absentee voting" were technically challenging.

I submitted amended wording with a view to the technical requirements of good legislation and without a preamble. This more technical wording gained approved as the draft Bill part of the petition. The words "one day voting" did not appear in the amendment and as a result could not be used in the title.

One of the statements in the discarded preamble touched on several points that I will discuss in future announcements. It stated "Whereas civic cohesiveness is enhanced by having voters throughout British Columbia turn out on a single day to choose their Member of the Legislative Assembly in the simplest way possible."

The title wording matter is highlighted in the info-graphic below.
Initiative Position Information
The name of this legislative petition is: Initiative to change the voting opportunities in provincial elections.

Its Elections BC Code is: IP-2021-001

Its description is:

Currently in a provincial election there are many opportunities to vote before election day, including advance voting and voting by mail. This initiative proposes removing almost all advance voting options and the option to vote by mail. The proposed changes would require almost all voters to vote at their assigned voting place between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on election day. The draft Bill preserves some absentee voting opportunities, including absentee voting by mail for members of the armed forces and others designated by the Chief Electoral Officer.

The above description can also be seen on the Social Mavrik website.

It is posted on the Current Initiative page of the Elections BC website along with their Public Notice which can be seen here as a PDF document.
Thinking of registering as a Canvasser?
Becoming a canvasser is one way to learn about the direct democracy process provided by British Columbia's Recall and Initiative Act. The initiative petition process is unique to B.C. – no other province or territory in Canada has initiative legislation.

A canvasser will see his or her name on two lists, one public and one private.

The public list is maintained on the Elections BC website.
  • For a sample of what this public information will look like, you can check out a previous online list of canvassers.
  • It was created for the initiative to allow voluntary formation of twenty charter schools (IP-2019-001).
  • The 2019 list can be viewed here.

The private list is maintained on the Social Mavrik website. It shows each canvasser's optionally provided personal information (age, number if any of children and grandchildren, and without any contact details). It is password protected and viewable only by other single, married or previously married canvassers. It's privacy feature can be checked out here.

If you are thinking of registering as a canvasser, of course there is an Elections BC application form. When a completed form is approved by the proponent (that's me) it is submitted to Elections BC. An identification card is issued and sent to the proponent who forwards it to the newly registered canvasser. The application form is here. Please send the completed form to this email address.

Canvassers are invited to occasional half-hour group Zoom calls hosted by me for training and strategizing plus question and answer conversations.
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Bob Bray, President, Social Mavrik Federation
Phone: 250-504-0052
Mail: 784 Bowen Drive, Campbell River, British Columbia V9H 1S2
Email: bob.bray@socialmavrikbc.ca
Website: socialmavrikbc.ca
The Social Mavrik Federation is a registered society in British Columbia dedicated to cultural politics through endorsing candidates for Leadership / MP / MLA / Trustee positions and supporting legislative petitions.
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