Information for Voters

General Voting Day was held on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

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What Was On the Ballot

Five sections where a voter had the opportunity to cast a vote for:

  • 1 Mayor
  • 8 Councillors
  • 9 School District Trustees (School District 61)
  • Non-binding questions on
    • 3 Council candidate nominees from the City of Victoria to the Capital Regional District Board
    • A question regarding municipal amalgamation, worded as follows:
      • Are you in favour of reducing the number of municipalities in Greater Victoria through amalgamation?

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Where to Vote

Eligible voters were able to vote at any of the Voting Places on General Voting Day. Click here for a map of locations.

  • Burnside Campus, 3130 Jutland Road
  • Central Baptist Church, 833 Pandora Avenue
  • Cook Street Village Activity Centre, 380 Cook Street
  • James Bay Community School, 140 Oswego Street
  • James Bay New Horizons Centre, 234 Menzies Street
  • Margaret Jenkins School, 1824 Fairfield Road
  • Oaklands School, 2827 Belmont Avenue
  • Quadra School, 3031 Quadra Street
  • St. Barnabas Church, 1525 Begbie Street
  • Sir James Douglas School, 401 Moss Street
  • Victoria High School, 1260 Grant Street
  • Victoria West School, 750 Front Street

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Advance Voting Opportunities

Advance voting opportunities were open to all voters. Two required advance voting opportunities were held at City Hall, 1 Centennial Square.

  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014, from 8a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Monday, November 10, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Two additional advance voting opportunities were also held:

  • Thursday, November 6, 2014, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the University of Victoria, Student Union Building (Michele Pujol Room)
  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Our Place Society, 919 Pandora Avenue

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Voting by Mail

The City of Victoria offers eligible voters the opportunity to cast their vote by mail if the voter is unable to attend in person at a voting opportunity on account of:

  • A physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity; or
  • Absence from the municipality on general voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities.

Eligible voters must apply to receive a mail ballot in advance of voting. The deadline to make application for mail ballot voting was 4 p.m. November 13, 2014.

All mail ballots were required to be returned to the Chief Election Officer at Victoria City Hall no later than 8:00 p.m. on November 15, 2014 to be counted. Mail ballots received after this deadline will not be counted.

If you are eligible to vote in a City of Victoria municipal election and are unable to attend any of the scheduled voting opportunities, please contact Legislative Services at 250.361.0571.

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Residency Requirements

The Greater Victoria Area is made up of many municipalities, so you may be unsure whether you are a City of Victoria resident or resident of another municipality. Only City of Victoria residents and non-resident property owners were eligible to vote in the 2014 Victoria municipal election.

If you are uncertain about your municipality of residence, you can check using VicMap, or this PDF map of the City of Victoria [PDF - 13.4 MB]. A check of your property tax receipt will also provide you with information about your municipality of residence. If you are still uncertain, please contact the Legislative Services office at 250.361.0571 for assistance.

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Voter Qualifications

In order to be eligible to vote as a resident elector on Voting Day you must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • age 18 or older
  • Canadian citizen
  • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration
  • resident of the City of Victoria for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration
  • not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

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Voter Registration

You must register to vote before you receive a ballot. The City of Victoria used the Provincial Voters List as the City’s Voters List for the 2014 municipal election. If you are not on the list, you may register at a Voting Place on General Boting Day prior to receiving a ballot.

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Voter Identity

All voters will be asked to prove their identity before they receive a ballot. All voters must be prepared to provide identity documents (noted below) at the Voting Place when they vote.

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Voter Card

The City of Victoria mailed voter cards to eligible voters at the end of October. Voters were encouraged to bring these cards with them to vote, as this card did speed up the voting process. The voter card does not replace the requirement to provide identification.

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Voter Identity Documents

The following are valid identity documents for proving voter identity. At least one document presented to prove identity must include the applicant's signature. Please be prepared to present two of the identity documents noted below:

  • BC Driver's Licence
  • BC Identification Card
  • Student card issued by a post-secondary institution
  • Photo BC Services Card
  • Non-photo BC Services Card
  • Certificate of Indian Status as issued by the Government of Canada
  • Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence issued by ICBC
  • BC CareCard or BC Gold CareCard
  • Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form SDES8
  • Social Insurance Card
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • City of Victoria Property Tax Notice
  • Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits
  • BC Government cheque
  • Income Tax Assessment Notice
  • Canadian Forces Identification
  • Old Age Security Identification Card
  • Canadian Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Credit card or debit card or statement
  • Utility bill
  • Library card issued by the Greater Victoria Public Library

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Accessible Voting

If you are unable to mark your own ballot, you may ask an election official, friend or relative to help you. If you need a translator, you may bring someone to assist you. If you are unable to enter the voting place, you may ask to receive curbside voting in order to mark your ballot at a location outside the voting place. For all of these cases, please inquire with the Presiding Election Official at your voting place.

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Counting the Ballots

City of Victoria voters mark a paper ballot that is processed through an electronic vote tabulator that counts the votes cast for each candidate in each section. Election results are generated by the electronic vote tabulators and the paper ballots are retained in the event that a recount is required.

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Voter's Guide to Local Elections in BC

The Provincial Government has produced a voters guide that voters might find helpful. Please see the Voter’s Guide here, or visit the Provincial website for the guide in six other languages.

Non-Resident Property Elector Qualifications

If you own property in Victoria but live elsewhere, you might be eligible to vote in the City of Victoria general election as a non-resident property elector. The owners must be individuals, not corporations.

In order to be eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector you must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • age 18 or older
  • Canadian citizen
  • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration
  • registered owner of real property in the City of Victoria for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration
  • not entitled to register as a resident elector
  • not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law
  • only persons who are registered owners of the real property, either as joint tenants or tenants in common, are individuals who are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust
  • if there is more than one registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector

If you are not on the City's Voters List and qualify as a non-resident property elector you may register prior to voting. Registering as a non-resident property elector at the time on voting day requires documentation proving your identity, place of residence and proof of property ownership.

To prove your identity and your eligibility to register, please bring with you:

  • Two pieces of personal identification - one with residential address, and one with your signature; and
  • Property title deed or current City of Victoria property tax receipt; and
  • Consent Form, if the property is owned jointly with other individuals - available at Legislative Services in City Hall.

If a property is owned in whole or in part by a corporation, you are ineligible to register as a non-resident property elector with regard to that property. There is no corporate vote in BC.

For further information about registering to vote as a non-resident property elector, please contact Legislative Services at 250.361.0571.

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