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In Vancouver, the rules that govern civic elections are contained in the Vancouver Charter (Parts I and II). Go to the Elections section of the Vancouver Charter.
Here are some of the details about voting in Vancouver elections:
You can vote in a civic election in Vancouver if you:
All Vancouver residents who meet these requirements can vote. It does not matter where you live in Vancouver, or whether you rent or own your home.
If you own property in Vancouver but live somewhere else in BC, you can also vote in Vancouver elections. This is called being a "non-resident property elector." As such, you can vote, as long as you:
Non-resident property electors can vote only once, regardless of the number of properties they own. If there is more than one registered owner of a property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the other owners, register as a non-resident property elector. If you have any questions about registering and voting as a "non-resident property elector," contact the Vancouver Election Office at 604-873-7681.
Landed immigrants who are not yet Canadian citizens are not permitted to vote in civic elections.
There are two steps to voting in civic elections in Vancouver. First, you must make sure you are registered, and second, go to your voting place on election day.
If you are not on the Provincial Voters List, or have moved from another municipality, or have changed your name, you must personally sign a registration card to get registered.
If you are unsure whether or not you are registered, call the Vancouver Election Office at 604-873-7681.
The advance registration period closed on September 24, 2002. If you are not on the City's Voters List and missed the advance registration, you will register on the day you vote, in person.
Advance voting opportunities are now closed. (These were held Wednesday, November 6 and Saturday, November 9 at Trout Lake, West End, and Dunbar Community Centres; and Tuesday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 13 at City Hall.)
You must now register at your voting place on the day of the election (November 16).
Non-resident property electors must bring a certificate (previously received) from the Chief Election Officer to register on November 16. Call 604-873-7681 for more details.
To register at the time of voting, you must show two pieces of identification containing your name and address. One must have your signature.
Here are the kinds of ID that are acceptable:
If you have any questions, contact the Vancouver Election Office at 604-873-7681.
2. Go to your voting place on election day
Bring your "Where to Vote" card to the voting place. This will streamline the process when you vote.
If you didn't get a "Where to Vote" card, don't worry -- you can register on voting day (see the requirements for ID above).
When you go to your voting place on November 16, City election staff will be there to help.
If you are not already registered, you may have to line up to register, and present your two pieces of ID.
After your name is checked on the Voters List, you will be given a ballot, a special pen to mark the ballot, and a secrecy sleeve.
Here is a sample that shows the format of the ballot you will get on November 16. It is provided for educational purposes only.
Go to the voting booth and make your choices with the special pen provided. Follow the instructions on the ballot.
Put your completed ballot in the secrecy sleeve provided, then walk over to the voting machine.
The Accu-Vote system was used in the 1996 and 1999 Vancouver elections, and will be used for the 2002 election. It's accurate, simple to use, and can provide final election results within hours after the close of voting. Click here for more details on the Accu-Vote and automated voting.
A City election staff person will feed your ballot into the voting machine.
You're done! That's all there is to it.
Now you can wait for the election results to come in after the polls close at 8 p.m. Watch this Web site for live results starting around 8:30 p.m. on November 16.
Local media will report the election results as they come in. Unofficial results should be available around 10 p.m. on November 16.
Official election results will be available November 20 at 4 p.m.
DO YOU NEED HELP VOTING?
If you are unable to enter the voting place, you may ask to vote near the voting place.
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Advance Voting (ADVANCE VOTING IS NOW CLOSED)
The City had advance voting opportunities on November 6 and 9 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) at Trout Lake, West End, and Dunbar Community Centres; and November 12 and 13 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) at City Hall.
Voting by Mail
Mail ballots will be sent out November 6, 2002 and must be returned to the Vancouver Election Office no later than 8 p.m. on November 16, to be counted.
If your name is on the City's Voters List, you should have received a "Where to Vote" card in the mail around the end of October. This card shows your voting division and voting place address.
The City also publishes a list and map of voting divisions and voting
places for civic elections in Vancouver. This list and map are also advertised
in local newspapers.
Map of 2002 voting divisions ( 90 KB PDF)
You may also view the voting divisions and boundaries for the city through VanMap, the City's Web-based map system that pulls together information and data from a variety of sources, and puts it into maps you can view, save or print out.
The voting divisions and locations of voting places may change slightly
from election to election.
The City's Voters List closed on September 24, 2002. If you move after this date, look at the map of voting divisions to see your new voting place, or call the Vancouver Election Office at 604-873-7681.
CITY AD CAMPAIGN FOR 2002
The City of Vancouver produced a multi-faceted advertising campaign to stress the importance of voting in civic elections. Here is a precis of the "Voters Wanted... It's your city" campaign:
A recap of advertising placed by the City of Vancouver related to the upcoming election:
You can also listen to these ads airing on local radio stations:
Check out these public service announcements airing on Shaw TV:
Privacy and the City's Voters List
As of October 1, 2001, the City's Voters List is available for public viewing and is provided to each candidate and elector organization participating in the election. It contains the names of registered voters, as well as other personal information, such as voters' addresses.
You may request that personal information be omitted or obscured from the City's Voters List. If requested to do this, the Chief Election Officer must amend the list of electors by omitting or obscuring your address or other information.
To make such a request, contact:
For more information on any of the above, call the Vancouver Election
Office at 604-873-7681.
The rules governing candidates and nominations in the City of Vancouver elections are contained in the Vancouver Charter, which is legislation enacted by the provincial government. For information on all aspects of becoming a candidate in local government elections, including eligibility requirements, download the B.C. Candidates Guide ( 528 KB PDF) from the provincial web site.
Here are some of the deadlines for candidates in Vancouver elections:
September 3 to October 11, 2002 -- nomination packages available
October 1, 2002 at 9 a.m. to October 11, 2002 at 4 p.m -- nomination
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