CITIZENS can vote early in the Vancouver city election starting Wednesday, October 10.
From October 10 to 17, voting places will be open at 12 community centres from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. This is the largest advance voting offering in a Vancouver city election, up from eight days of advance voting at eight locations in 2014.
Election day is October 20, when over 100 voting places will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Citizens can vote at any of the following locations during advance voting:
- Britannia Community Services Centre, 1661 Napier Street
- Hastings Community Centre, 3096 East Hastings Street
- Kerrisdale Community Centre, 5851 West Boulevard
- Killarney Community Centre, 6260 Killarney Street
- Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street
- Marpole – Oakridge Community Centre, 990 West 59th Avenue
- Renfrew Park Community Centre, 2929 East 22nd Avenue
- Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews
- Sunset Community Centre, 6810 Main Street
- Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive
- West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street
- Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue
Citizens who received voter information cards are encouraged to bring them to the voting place to speed up voting.
All voting places are wheelchair accessible. Support is also available for those who need help marking their ballot or have difficulty speaking, reading, or understanding English.
Selfie stations are also available at each voting location, and citizens are encouraged to snap pictures with their I Voted stickers to raise awareness of voting.
The city will be providing voting opportunities in more facilities than ever before, expanding beyond hospitals and large care facilities to include shelters, social service drop-in centres, and smaller care facilities.
For the first time, the City has planned voting opportunities from October 9-19 at 90 facilities, with more than 30 located in the Downtown Eastside and Strathcona. Locations include the Union Gospel Mission and VPL’s nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona branch. A full list of locations and times can be found on the election website (PDF).
During advance voting only, both Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre and Killarney Community Centre will have an accessible ballot marking machine on site.
Those who require assistance marking their ballot can use the machine, which features:
- Sip-and-puff-, paddle- or other accessibility devices
- Audio instructions and braille markings on paddles and buttons
- Large print or high colour contrast
- Audio and written ballot marking instructions in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Punjabi
Kids Vote takes place October 13-14
On Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, kids can try out voting through a special “Kids Vote” program. Children under 18 can go to any advance voting location and vote on three questions printed on special pink Kids Vote ballots.
See the ballot and learn more about the Kids Vote program at vancouver.ca/vote.
Two buildings light up in salmon in Vancouver
To promote the city election period, two buildings in Vancouver will be lighting up in salmon (hot pink) from October 10 to 20. Salmon is the main colour in the City of Vancouver Election Office’s nonpartisan colour palette.
Buildings that will light up during this time include:
– Vancouver City Hall
– False Creek Energy Centre
For more information on the Vancouver city election, visit vancouver.ca/vote.