Guidelines for voters
Voting rights are given to citizens based on residency or property ownership (although nobody is eligible to vote in relation to property owned through or in conjunction with a corporation).
There are two categories of electors for local government elections in BC: Resident Electors and Non-Resident Property Electors.
Voting as a Resident Elector
You are eligible to register as a Resident Elector if you:
- are at least 18 when you register to vote, or 18 on general voting day
- are a Canadian citizen
- have been a resident of BC for at least six months immediately before you register to vote
- live in the District of North Vancouver
- are not disqualified from voting in a local election under the Local Government Act or any other enactment or bylaw
Voting as a Non-Resident Property Elector
You are eligible to register as a Non-Resident Property Elector if you are a Canadian citizen at least 18 years old on general voting day, and you:
- are not entitled to register as a Resident Elector of the District of North Vancouver
- have been a BC resident for at least six months immediately before you register to vote
- are the registered owner, or an owner as joint tenant or tenant in common, of property in the District of North Vancouver for at least 30 days immediately before you register to vote
- are not disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, or by law from voting in a local election
Please note: Only one owner may vote as a non-resident property elector for a specific property; if there is more than one owner, the majority of owners must provide written consent for one owner to vote.
Are you a student?
If you attend school in a different jurisdiction than where your residence is located, you can vote in either jurisdiction, but not both.
Do you live on a First Nations reserve?
As long as you are eligible, you can vote in the by-election.
You must be registered before you can vote in the by-election.
We use the province's most recent provincial electors list as our registered resident electors list, so if you are registered to vote in the last provincial election, you're automatically registered to vote in the 2021 by-election.
Not sure if you are already registered? Check now on the Elections BC website.
How to register at the voting place when you vote
Advanced registration closed on April 6. If you still need to register to vote, you must do so in person at the time of voting. Here's how:
Bring two pieces of identification with you to establish your identity and place of residence. At least one of your pieces of ID must contain your signature. If you do not have ID that will establish your place of residence, you can make a solemn declaration when you vote.
- Examples of ID that will establish your identity: Driver’s Licence, BC ID, MSP card, SIN card, credit card
- Examples of ID that will establish your place of residence: Driver’s Licence, BC ID, telephone bill, hydro bill, personalized cheque
Non-resident Property Electors
You must bring two pieces of identification. At least one piece needs to have your signature and proof that you own the property (eg. deed, title search). If your property has other owners, you need to provide a consent form signed by a majority of the other owners.
Changing your registered name or address
To make changes to your name and address, contact Elections BC. You can visit the Elections BC website, or phone them at 1-800-661-8683.
You can also make changes at the voting place on voting day. Speak to the Alternate Presiding Election Official, who will help you fill in the correct form. Bring the required ID with you.
Removing someone who is deceased from the voters list
To remove a deceased person from the Provincial list, contact Elections BC. You can apply on the Elections BC website, or phone them at 1-800-661-8683.
A deceased person can also be removed from the voters list on voting day at the voting place. Speak to the Alternate Presiding Election Official, who will help you fill in the correct form.
Protecting your private information
The list of registered electors can be amended to protect your privacy or security. This means your address or other personal information will be omitted or obscured when the list is made available for public inspection, or when it is provided to candidates.
To protect your information, write to the Chief Election Officer at District Hall, or email email@example.com
What you need to bring on voting day
If you are already registered, no identification will be required to vote. If you are not registered, have moved or changed your name, you will require two pieces of ID.
Also, unlike Federal or Provincial elections, voter cards are not mailed out for local elections in the District of North Vancouver. You can choose to vote at any of the 7 polling stations on May 29.
Mail ballot voting will be available to voters. In order to receive a mail ballot package, you must first complete a Mail Ballot Application available online at DNV.org/byelection or in person, by appointment only, at the District Hall. If you are not able to pick up a mail ballot package, please have your application to the Chief Election Officer by May 6, 2021 to allow for sufficient time for a package to be mailed.
Mail ballot packages will be sent out on or about May 7, 2021. To be counted, mail ballots must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8pm on Saturday, May 29, 2021.
If a voter has difficulty reading or writing English, or you have difficulty entering a voting place, you can request assistance.
Voters who speak other languages
Voters who speak other languages may bring a translator to assist in the voting process. The translator must complete a solemn declaration of assistance in order to provide translation assistance.
Voters with mobility or other physical challenges
If you have difficulty entering the voting place, you may ask to receive and mark your ballot at a place located outside the voting place (curbside voting).
If you require assistance with voting, you may ask the Presiding Election Official (PEO) in charge of the voting place to assist you, or bring someone with you to the voting place to help you vote.
If you bring someone with you, this person must make a solemn declaration to preserve the secrecy of your ballot, to mark the ballot according to your wishes, and to not attempt to influence your vote.
Voting by mail may also be considered as an option.