By-election: Vote! Advance voting Oct 4 (Wed) & Oct 10 (Tue), general voting Oct 14 (Sat)

Advance Poll Voting City HallThe results upcoming City of Vancouver byelection for one seat on City Council and all seats on the Vancouver School Board will be decided by those who actually vote. We encourage people to read up, and to get out and vote. Besides the promises of individual candidates, be sure to also have a look at the track records and funding sources of their parties (or persons in the case of independents). Your vote will also send a message to their parties. The persons elected will serve until the main civic election a year from now. 

Check local media online for recent coverage the campaigns and promises of the candidates. The Vancouver Courier, Vancouver Sun, and Georgia Straight are good places to start. You can also check the candidates and party websites. Candidate debates – click our byelection page.

Below is official voting information from the City of Vancouver.

Advance voting for by-election takes place on October 4 and 10
Vancouver City Hall open from 8am to 8pm 

Advance voting for the 2017 Vancouver by-election will take place on October 4 and 10 at Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Ave, from 8am to 8pm.

October 14 is general voting day for the by-election, which will elect one city councillor and nine school trustees.

A list of all candidates and their profiles can be viewed online by visiting

During advance voting, staff will offer accessibility aids to assist persons with disabilities, including a sip and puff device, audio system with headphones to read the ballot, and a magnification device to enlarge text on the ballot.

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 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); and
  • * Not be disqualified by law from voting.

You must meet all the above qualifications to be eligible to vote.

Residents of the University Endowment Lands (the properties around UBC) can also vote in the advance polls at Vancouver City Hall. University Endowment Lands residents can only vote for School Trustees.

Registering to vote

For the by-election, please note that voter information cards will not be mailed to the addresses of registered voters. However, each household in Vancouver will have received a flyer with important information about voting, including locations of voting places and list of candidates.

Voters registered on the most current Provincial list of voters are automatically registered to vote in the by-election. Residents can check if they are registered to vote by visiting and using the “Am I on the voters’ list?” tool.

Those who are not on the voters’ list can register at the voting place at City Hall on October 4 and 10 and at any voting place on October 14 by bringing two pieces of identification (one with a signature) and completing a voter registration form available on site or at You can also swear a declaration that counts as one piece of identification.


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