Info on October 14, 2017 by-election for one City Council position in Vancouver

Advance Poll Voting City Hall

(Update – This original post was made in June. For an official City notice shortly before the by-election click here. For a listing of candidates meetings/forums and more click here.)

The City of Vancouver has released information on the October 14, 2017 byelection, triggered by Councillor Geoff Meggs, who has resigned to become the Chief of Staff (political position) for NDP Premier John Horgan. The election budget due to his decision is over $1.5 million. The official website for this information: http://vancouver.ca/byelection

Today the City Clerk was appointed by Council to serve as the Chief Election Officer. That would be Janice MacKenzie, who also served in that role in the 2014 civic election. Here is the staff report to Council July 26 with more details:
http://council.vancouver.ca/20170726/documents/pspc3.pdf

People vying for the opening on City Council have started declaring their intentions to run. What will be the key election issues? We hope that one will be election campaign finance reform, and we will watch for which candidates (and their parties) declare that they will not accept corporate or union donations.

Below are excerpts from an e-mail from the City on July 17.

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City of Vancouver prepares for upcoming by-election this fall – General voting proposed for October 14

City of Vancouver
Information Bulletin
July 17, 2017

On July 26, Vancouver City Council is expected to appoint the Chief Election Officer who is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the election, in accordance with provincial legislation. The Chief Election Officer’s primary role is to implement the by-election, ensure the integrity of the voting process and voter anonymity, and to encourage democratic participation.

Once appointed, the Chief Election Officer will propose to hold a by-election on October 14, 2017 for a vacant position on City Council following the resignation of a city councillor. By-elections like other civic elections are managed by the Office of the City Clerk. Pursuant to the Vancouver Charter, the City Clerk notified Council of the resignation on July 11, 2017.

In order to meet the statutory requirements for conducting a Vancouver School Board by-election, the Province must inform the City of its intent to hold a by-election for Vancouver School Trustees by August 4. The seats of the Vancouver School Board are currently vacant.

Proposed key dates and steps:

Nomination period – August 29 to September 8

The nomination period for candidates will take place from August 29 to September 8. During this time, candidates must submit their profiles, photos and documents declaring candidacy in the by-election.

Advance voting October 4 and 10 with general voting on October 14

Advance voting will take place on October 4 and 10 between 8am and 8pm at Vancouver City Hall.

General voting day is October 14 with voting stations open from 8am to 8pm at approximately 50 locations throughout Vancouver including schools, community centres, City Hall and one church. All locations will be announced in the coming weeks and listed at vancouver.ca/byelection.

Mail ballot voting – begins September 26

Voters unable to go to a voting station due to an illness or disability, or because they are away during both advance voting and election day, will be able to vote by mail. Details on how to vote by mail will be available online at vancouver.ca/byelection.

Who can vote?

To vote in the City of Vancouver by-election, you must:

* Be 18 years of age or older on general voting day (October 14)
* Be a Canadian citizen
* Have lived in BC for at least six 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

You must meet all the above qualifications to be eligible to vote. Permanent residents who have not yet become Canadian citizens are not permitted to vote.

Complete information regarding registering to vote, where to vote, and advance voting for this by-election will be available on http://vancouver.ca/byelection. Public notices will be issued throughout August and September with information for candidates and voters.

5 thoughts on “Info on October 14, 2017 by-election for one City Council position in Vancouver

  1. I have not received a list of candidates to vote for. I like reading about each one and then deciding who to vote for. This election will have a definite low, low turnout because of people not being informed enough. I will vote, but I really do not like to vote if I don’t know the person. It will be just guessing.

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