Saturday is final day to elect one city councillor and nine school trustees in Vancouver

City Hall on October 4, the first day of advance poling. Photo by Sukhwant Singh Dhillon
Vancouver City Hall on October 4, the first day of advance poling.
Photo by Sukhwant Singh Dhillon

SATURDAY (October 14) is the 2017 by-election to fill the vacant positions on City Council and the Vancouver School Board.
Over 50 voting places <http://vancouver.ca/your-government/where-to-vote.aspx> will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. across Vancouver on Saturday and voters can cast their ballot at any one of them.
4,174 ballots have already been cast after two days of advance voting on October 4 and 10.
A full list of voting places can be found at vancouver.ca/by-election, as well as a list of candidates and their profiles, and other key information.
The by-election will elect one councillor and nine school trustees for approximately a one-year term. Unofficial results will be announced Saturday night after voting places have closed and ballots have been tabulated.

Who can vote?

To vote in the City of Vancouver election, you must:
* Be 18 years of age or older on general voting day (October 14)
* Be a Canadian citizen
* Have lived in BC for at least 6 months immediately before voting day
* Have lived in Vancouver for at least 30 days immediately before voting day (or have owned real property registered in your name in Vancouver for at least 30 days immediately before voting day)
* Not be disqualified by law from voting

Registering to vote

For the by-election, voter information cards will not be mailed to registered voters.
However, voters registered on the most current Provincial list of voters are automatically registered to vote in the by-election. Residents can check if they are registered to vote by visiting vancouver.ca/by-election and using the “Am I on the voters list?” tool.
Those who are not on the voters list<http://vancouver.ca/your-government/2017-by-election.aspx?utm_campaign=by-election&utm_medium=Vanity&utm_source=by-election_Vanity> can register at any voting place by bringing two pieces of identification (one with a signature) and completing a voter registration form available on site.

No photos of ballots permitted

The City says it encourages all citizens to promote voting in the by-election – however, no photos of ballots are permitted. Section 125(3)(b) of the Vancouver Charter specifically prohibits reproductions of ballots. The relevant section can be found at the following link<http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/LOC/complete/statreg/–%20V%20–/Vancouver%20Charter%20%5BSBC%201953%5D%20c.%2055/00_Act/vanch_02.xml#section125.>.