Vancouver Civic Election 2011: voting information

Vancouver Civic Election 2011: The civic election takes place this month on November 19. To help our readers get ready for the voting process, The Vancouver Observer has   prepared a guide on how and where to vote in the civic elections.

Am I on the voter's list?

If you have recently moved, or haven't ever voted before, there's a chance you're not on the voter's list. Here's how to find out:

  • Visit the City of Vancouver website 
  • Type in your name, street number and street name. You should get a Yes/No whether you are on the list. 

If you are not on the list, simply dial 3-1-1 (7 a.m. to 10 p.m, seven days a week) to get registered. You will need to be on the voter's list in order to vote, and can also dial that number to report a change of address or contact information.

Where do I vote?

By now, everyone should have received a Where to Vote card showing where they should go on polling day.

Vancouver is divided into more than 130 voting divisions, and each has its own voting place. 

If for whatever reason you can't make it to your voting place, you also have the option of an advance vote or a mail-in vote. 

Under what conditions can I mail my vote in?

You can vote by mail if:

  • you have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects your ability to vote at another voting opportunity, or
  • you expect to be absent from the City on general voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities.


Advanced Voting

To increase voter engagement, the City has doubled the number of advanced voting days this year from four to eight so people can vote from November 9th through to the 16th. 

You can vote at any of the following locations, though Vancouver City Hall is open for the longest period of time.  

West End Community Centre

870 Denman Street - Bidwell Room

Nov 9, 12, 15 and 16

Renfrew Community Centre

2929 E 22nd Avenue - Room 112

Nov 9, 12, 15 and 16

Sunset Community Centre

6810 Main Street - Multipurpose Room

Nov 9, 12, 15 and 16

Dunbar Community Centre

4747 Dunbar Street - Lobby

Nov 9, 12, 15 and 16

Vancouver City Hall

453 W 12th Avenue - Main Floor

Nov 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16

There is also no reason required for advanced voting, so if you prefer to avoid the lineups, advance voting is a good option.

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