Voter information

General guidelines for voters

The Province of BC offers a useful guide for voters that explains the rules and requirements.

Learn more about the rules and requirements for voters on the Province of BC website

Read the Voter's Guide

Find voter guides in other languages on the Elections BC website   

Are you eligible to vote?

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. 

Registering to vote

You must be registered before you can vote in the general local 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 next provincial election, you're automatically registered to vote in the 2022 General Local 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 closes on August 23, 2022. If you still need to register to vote, you must do so in person at the time of voting. Here's how:

Residents

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.

Download the consent form

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
  • must be a resident of the District of North Vancouver
  • are not disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, or by law from voting in a local election

View the Province of BC's Voter's Guide to Local Elections

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

Download the non-resident property elector consent form

View the complete eligibility requirements for Non-resident Property Electors

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.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about student voting

Do you live on a First Nations reserve?

As long as you are eligible, you can vote in the general local election.

Read the Voter's Guide for Electors Living on Reserve 

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 general local elections in the District of North Vancouver. You can choose to vote at any of the 20 polling stations on October 15.

Voting by mail

In addition to General Voting Day on October 15 and three advance voting opportunities on October 5, 8 and 10, all eligible District voters also have the option to vote by mail to elect one mayor, six councillors and four school trustees. Mail-in voting also allows non-resident property electors, seasonal residents, people in geographically remote locations, and people whose mobility or health is compromised, an opportunity to cast their ballot in the election

To receive a mail ballot package by mail, please submit a mail ballot request form to the Clerk’s Office before September 21, 2022.

Verifying that you are eligible for mail ballot

To vote by mail, you must first complete an application to verify that you are eligible to receive a mail ballot. This application is available below and may be submitted to the Chief Election Officer at elections@dnv.org, in person at District Hall or by mail addressed to Chief Election Officer at 355 West Queens Road, North Vancouver, BC V7N 4N5. Applications can also be picked up in person or you may request one be sent to you by mail.

Mail ballot application package 

Upon successful application, a mail ballot application package will be sent to you as soon as the ballots are available. Applications received after September 21 may not allow sufficient time for a mail ballot package to be mailed to you and returned by mail. If time does not permit reliance on the mail system, we recommend that you arrange to pick up your mail ballot package in person from District Hall. Completed mail ballots may be returned to the Chief Election Officer by mail or dropped in the District Hall mail slot at the front door. Mail ballots may not be dropped off at voting locations on General Voting Day or advance voting days.

The Chief Election Officer must receive the completed mail ballot no later than 8pm on October 15, 2022.

Mail ballot application form

Download the mail ballot application

If your property has other owners, you need to provide a consent form signed by a majority of the other owners.

Download the consent form

Getting help to vote

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.

Managing your voter registration details and other personal information

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 elections@dnv.org.

General Local Elections 101

You can also find answers to commonly asked questions in the section below, which covers:

  • Voting eligibility
  • Registering to vote
  • Managing registration details and other personal information
  • Voting by mail
  • Getting help to vote

The information in this section is a simplified version of the election rules in plain language, intended for general information.

For the complete, official rules for general local elections, please review:

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