Vancouver byelection polls open at 8 a.m. Oct. 14

4,174 people cast ballots in advance voting

Voters have the chance to cast ballots for one city councillor and nine school board trustees in the byelection on Saturday Oct. 14.

It’s the final day of voting — 4,174 ballots have already been cast over two days of advance voting on Oct. 4 and 10.

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Polls are open at more than 50 voting places between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Voters can vote at any of the locations.

Vision Vancouver Coun. Geoff Meggs resigned from council to work for NDP Premier John Horgan, which left his seat empty and paved the way for the city council byelection.

Nine candidates are vying for that spot: Hector Bremner (NPA), Diego Cardona (Vision Vancouver) Mary Jean “Watermelon” Dunsdon (Sensible Vancouver), Pete Fry (Green Party) Judy Graves (OneCity) Gary Lee (Independent) Damian J. Murphy (Independent), Jean Swanson (Independent) and Joshua Wasilenkoff (Independent).

Read city council candidate profiles HERE.

The school board byelection is being held to replace nine trustees who were fired in October 2016 by the then Liberal government after the trustees failed to pass a balanced budget.

Nineteen candidates are vying for the nine trustee seats: Joy Alexander (Vision Vancouver), Christine Arnold (Independent), Fraser Ballantyne (NPA), Carrie Bercic (OneCity), Ken Clement (Vision Vancouver), Diana Day (COPE), Lisa Dominato (NPA), Janet Fraser (Green Party), Estrellita Gonzalez (Green Party), Jamie Lee Hamilton (IDEA Vancouver), Erica Jaaf (OneCity), Theodora Lamb (Vision Vancouver), Mike Lombardi (Vision Vancouver), Robert McDowell (NPA), Adi Pick (Independent), Julian Prieto (NPA), Christopher Richardson (NPA), Allan Wong (Vision Vancouver) and Judy Zaichkowsky (Green Party).

Read school board candidate profiles HERE.

Those elected will sit for approximately a one-year term. The next regular election is in October 2018.

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 B.C. 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

Voters registered on the most current Provincial list of voters are automatically registered to vote in the by-election. Residents can check if they’re 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 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.

More information about the byelection can be found on the city website at vancouver.ca/byelection.

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