Municipal Elections: How to Vote?
The City of Vancouver has scheduled several days of advance voting in October for voters to avoid the lines on General Election Day.
British Columbians are called to the polls on Saturday. Who can vote? What should we bring? Who are you going to elect? Here is useful information for the 2022 municipal elections.
Polling stations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. across the province. Depending on where you live, there may only be one or two polling stations in your municipality and a limited number of candidates running.
In Vancouver, here is a list comprehensive list of places to vote.
The City of Victoria also lists on its website the various locations where voters can go to the polls.
Every four years, British Columbians are called upon to elect their municipal governments.
According to Elections BC, approximately 3,300 candidates are running. A total of 1,650 mayor, city councilor, school trustee, parks commissioner and local community councilor positions are available across the province, among others.
In Vancouver, it takes elect:
- 1 mayor;
- 10 municipal councillors;
- 7 commissioners for the city's Parks Commission;
- 9 school trustees.
You will find a complete list of the candidates in the running ( in English) on the City of Vancouver website.
Victoria needs to elect:
- 1 mayor;
- 9 School Councilors;
- 3 Capital Regional District Directors.
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You can find a complete list of candidates running (in English) on the City of Victoria website.
To be able to vote in municipal elections, you must be over the age of 18 years old on the day of the vote, be a Canadian citizen, have lived in British Columbia for at least six months at the time of their registration to vote and not be subject to any legal prohibition from voting. /p>
There are two voter statuses:
- the resident voter, who lives in a given municipality or in an electoral zone;
- non-resident owner voter, who has owned property for at least 30 days where they plan to vote.
People who own property in British Columbia but who live abroad do not have the right to vote.
Voters in Vancouver were able to vote by mail until October 11.
Voters must bring proper identification to vote if they are registered on the electoral list. In the case of unregistered voters, they must bring two separate pieces of identification in the majority of cases, at least one of which must include their current address and signature.
Voters who have a voter card can also bring it to speed up the process.
In some areas, voters are not required to bring ID if their name is on the voters list.
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If you need to work for an extended period of time elsewhere away from home, you should vote where your normal residence is, according to Elections BC.
If neither of you lives there, only one of you can vote under property rights.
If one of you lives there, that person will be able to vote as a resident voter and the other as a non-resident owner voter.
Elections BC must publish the results of the ballot by 4 p.m. on October 19.