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Voters Wanted: November 16, 2002

View results from the November 16, 2002 civic election here.

Voters Wanted

Voters Wanted: It's your city ... vote November 16
In 2002, the City of Vancouver reached out through a multimedia campaign to more than 280,000 registered voters, and thousands of eligible voters who had not registered by the September 24 closure of the City's Voters List. You can find all the materials from this campaign on this site, including:

2003-2005 Capital Plan
Every time there is an election, there is also a vote for the City's three-year Capital Plan. In the Capital Plan, the City decides what are the major construction projects it wants to do over the next three years (for example, re-build certain community centres, or extensive re-construction of water or sewer lines throughout the City, etc.) The Capital Plan questions on the ballot ask the people of Vancouver if they want the City to borrow the money for these projects. Answers to these questions help City Council make choices about the City and about how your tax dollars will be spent.

The City sends out information about the Capital Plan to every house by mail. You can find out more about the City’s Capital Plan on our web site. More information about the 2003-2005 Capital Plan.

Election Office
The Vancouver Election Office is at 450 West Broadway, and is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you have any questions about the election, call the Vancouver Election Office at 604-873-7681. It is expected the Election Office will stay open until November 30, 2002.

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.

Election News Releases for 2002


Here are some of the details about voting in Vancouver elections:

WHO CAN VOTE IN 2002?

Voters WantedYou can vote in a civic election in Vancouver if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • are 18 years of age or older on general voting day (November 16)
  • have lived in B.C. for at least six months on the day of registration
  • have lived in Vancouver for at least 30 days on the day of registration
  • are not disqualified by law from voting.

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:

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • are 18 years of age or older on general voting day (November 16)
  • have lived in B.C. for at least six months on the day of registration
  • have owned real estate in Vancouver, registered in your name, for at least 30 days on the day of registration.

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.

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THE VOTING PROCESS IN 2002

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.

Voters Wanted1. Get registered
You must register to vote. The City of Vancouver uses the Provincial Voters List to determine who is on the Voters List in Vancouver. If you voted in the last provincial election, then you are on the Provincial Voters List, and you will also be on the City Voters List (provided you were a Vancouver resident at the time of registration).

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.

ID Required in 2002

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:

  • B.C. Driver’s Licence
  • B.C. ID card from Motor Vehicle Branch
  • ICBC Owner’s Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence
  • B.C. Care Card
  • Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form SDES8
  • Social Insurance card
  • Citizenship Card
  • property tax notice
  • credit card or debit card
  • utility bill for electricity, natural gas, water, telephone or cable services
  • welfare cheque stub showing name and ID number
  • statutory declaration or sworn affidavit (from a notary public, lawyer, or commissioner for taking oaths).

If you have any questions, contact the Vancouver Election Office at 604-873-7681.

2. Go to your voting place on election day
You can vote any time between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on November 16, 2002 at the voting place for your neighbourhood. You should have received a "Where to Vote" card in the mail, showing your voting division and voting place address.

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.

Click here for demo 2002 ballot (PDF icon 153KB PDF)

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.

voting station The voting machine Ballot being fed into voting machine
The voting booth. The voting machine. Ballot being fed into 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 need help to vote (for example, to read the names, or to fill in the ballot), ask for the Presiding Election Official (PEO) in charge at the voting place. All Election staff must take an oath to preserve the secrecy of the ballot, so they can help voters with a physical disability or who have difficulty reading or writing. Or, you can bring someone you know to the voting place to help you. This person will have to take an oath of secrecy that will be given by the PEO.

If you are unable to enter the voting place, you may ask to vote near the voting place.

English as a second language (ESL)
Many voting places have people with fluency in languages other than English who can help you. Ask at the voting place. You may also bring your own translator, who would be required to take an oath of secrecy given by the PEO.

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OTHER WAYS TO VOTE IN 2002

Advance Voting (ADVANCE VOTING IS NOW CLOSED)
If you know you will not be able to vote on November 16, 2002 you may qualify to vote before then. To vote in advance you must sign a declaration stating your reasons. Here are some of the reasons for advance voting:

  • you expect to be out of town on November 16, 2002
  • you are unable to vote on November 16, 2002 due to reasons of conscience or circumstances beyond your control
  • physical disability or impaired mobility
  • you are a candidate or candidate representative
  • you will be working on the election on November 16, 2002.

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
If you are unable to go to a voting place because you are sick or disabled, you may ask to vote by mail. If you wish to vote by mail, you must contact the Vancouver Election Office to have your name put on the list to get a mail ballot.

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.

Special Voting
Some people will be able to vote in a medical or assisted-living facility. A schedule of visitations will be posted in your facility. To find out if you can vote this way, or for details on special voting opportunities, call the Vancouver Election Office at 604-873-7681.

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WHERE DO I VOTE IN 2002?

Voters WantedIf 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.
Click on the links below to view a PDF of the list and map.

List of 2002 voting places (PDF icon 32 KB PDF)

Map of 2002 voting divisions (PDF icon 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:

Read our ads

A recap of advertising placed by the City of Vancouver related to the upcoming election:

Hear our ads

You can also listen to these ads airing on local radio stations:

Watch our ads

Check out these public service announcements airing on Shaw TV:

Download the free RealPlayer  Click here to download the free RealPlayer

Get Windows Media Player  Click here to download the free Windows Media Player

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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:

City Clerk's Department
City of Vancouver
453 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4

For more information on any of the above, call the Vancouver Election Office at 604-873-7681.

For detailed information on all aspects of voting in local government elections, including eligibility requirements, visit the B.C. Voters Guide on the provincial web site.

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Guidelines for Candidates in 2002

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 (PDF icon 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
from the Vancouver Elections Office, 450 West Broadway and at
City Clerk's Office, 453 West 12th Avenue, 3rd floor.

October 1, 2002 at 9 a.m. to October 11, 2002 at 4 p.m -- nomination period
Nominations will be accepted at the City Clerk's Office, 453 West 12th Avenue, 3rd floor. (Appointments are recommended. To arrange,call 604.873.7276.) For more information on filing nomination papers, contact Marg Coulson, Deputy Chief Election Officer, at 604.873.7349.

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