Five things to know about municipal elections in British Columbia

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Five things to know about the municipal elections in British Columbia

British Columbians will be called to the polls on October 15.

The municipal election campaign officially begins on Saturday, 28 days before British Columbians are called to the polls. Here are five things you need to know to prepare for the election.

British Columbians will go to the polls on October 15, 2022. Municipal elections in British Columbia are held every four years on the third Saturday in October.

Voting advance poll takes place 10 days before election day, i.e. it will take place on October 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. On the other hand, municipalities often offer more than one possibility for advance voting. In Vancouver, for example, it is possible to vote on October 1, 5, 8, 11 and 13.

Some municipalities also offer special ballots in hospitals or long-term care centers to help people with reduced mobility obtain their democratic right.

The location of the polling stations will be shared soon.

As of September 6, it is possible to request a kit to vote by mail. Ballots received after 8 p.m. on October 15 will not be counted.

Housing-related issues will be important themes during municipal election campaigns across the province. The cost of living will also be at the center of the discussions.

Municipalities are local governments. There are a total of 162 in British Columbia and they provide services to nearly 89% of the population. These municipalities have between 100 and up to more than 630,000 inhabitants.

The municipal council consists of a mayor and between 5 and 11 councilors. It must, among other things, adopt by-laws and resolutions, offer services and programs to citizens, adopt a budget and ensure financial balance.

To vote, you must be 18 years of age or older on polling day. You must also be a Canadian citizen and have lived in British Columbia for at least six months on the day of the municipal election.

Your place of residence must also correspond to the municipality in which you are voting. For owners of multiple residences, it is possible to vote in more than one jurisdiction. You must, however, have been a homeowner for at least 30 days before polling day and live in British Columbia.

If you are prohibited from voting by law, you cannot participate in municipal elections.

Vancouver voters have until October 11 to request their mail-in voting kit.

If you are on the voters list, you will receive your voter information card. This card facilitates the process of voting.

If you are not registered, you must present two pieces of identification, at least one of which must include your address and your signature. Here are some examples:

  • Canadian passport
  • Driver's license
  • A credit or debit card
  • A Property tax notice of assessment or assessment
  • Invoice (BC Hydro, Fortis, Telus, Shaw, etc.)
  • British Columbia utility card
  • Social Insurance Card

Elections BC must share election results by October 19 at 4 p.m. A recount at the request of a candidate, elector or Elections BC Director Anton Boegman must be completed by October 28.

If two or more candidates obtain the same number of votes after a recount, the tie may be broken by a draw or a new election.

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