What You Need to Know to Vote in Victoria's By-Election

Candidate Profile Guide

To assist voters in finding information about Victoria’s candidates and to make informed choices in Victoria's 2020 By-Election, the City has produced an online Candidate Profile Guide. Victoria voters will elect one Councillor in the upcoming by-election.

All candidates were provided the opportunity to submit a brief candidate profile and photograph to let voters know about themselves and their platforms. The views and opinions expressed in the profile statements are those of the candidates and do not reflect the position of the City of Victoria. The profiles have not been edited in any way. 

 Ways to Vote in Victoria's 2020 By-Election

There are many ways to vote in the City of Victoria’s 2020 By-Election to elect one Councillor.

Read this helpful Fact Sheet. (Accessible version.)

General Voting Day

General Voting Day for Victoria’s by-election is Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

There will be six voting places on General Voting Day, each equipped with two voting machines for increased efficiency. Voters can vote at any of these locations:

  • James Bay Community School, 140 Oswego Street
  • Oaklands Elementary School, 2827 Belmont Avenue
  • Sir James Douglas Elementary School, 401 Moss Street
  • Da Vinci Centre, 195 Bay Street
  • Crystal Garden, 713 Douglas Street (An accessible voting machine will be available.)
  • Victoria High School at SJ Willis Education Centre, 923 Topaz Avenue

Advance Voting Opportunities

Eight advance voting opportunities will be held at the Crystal Garden, 713 Douglas Street, and will be open to all voters. An accessible voting machine will be available. (Note: Advance voting will not take place on December 6.)

  • Tuesday, December 1, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 2, 8 a.m.– 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 3, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.
  • Friday, December 4, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 5, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.
  • Monday, December 7, 8 a.m.– 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 8, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 9, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.

NOTE: If you have requested a mail ballot, you will not be able to vote in person at an advance voting opportunity or on General Voting Day. You can return your completed mail ballot to one of the scheduled advance voting opportunities, to a voting place on General Voting Day, or to the drop box located at the Pandora Avenue entrance to City Hall before 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, 2020. 

Crystal Garden Parking

The first hour of parking will be free for Victoria voters at the parking lot located under the Victoria Conference Centre. Voters must bring their parking ticket to the Crystal Garden for validation when voting on advance voting days and General Voting Day.

Two free, 30-minute on-street parking spaces will be available for voters in front of Crystal Garden. The first hour of parking is also free at Broughton Street Parkade, located under the Greater Victoria Public Library.

Accessible Voting

An accessible voting machine will be available at each advance voting opportunity and on General Voting Day at the Crystal Garden to make voting more accessible for those with disabilities. A voter will be provided with headphones and their preferred selector device (i.e. a hand-held vote selector, paddles, or sip-and-puff) with which to vote via an audio voting session. All devices will be sanitized between uses.

NOTE: All voting places will be scent free. Only service animals will be allowed to enter voting places. Please leave pets at home. 

Curbside Voting

Curbside voting is for those who have accessibility challenges and cannot access a voting location.

For those with accessibility challenges, curbside voting will be available at all voting places on General Voting Day and at all advance voting opportunities.

Accessible parking spaces outside each voting place will be designated for curbside voting. Signs will identify the parking spaces and will include a phone number to call. By-election staff will come out to assist voters with voting from their vehicle.     

Vote by Mail

To request a mail ballot package, fill out an online form or call 250.361.0571. Voters may apply for a mail ballot package up to and including General Voting Day. 

Your mail ballot must be received by the City of Victoria before 8 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Saturday, December 12, 2020 to be counted.

Completed mail ballots should be placed in the mail by Friday, December 4 at the latest.

After December 4, all requested mail ballots need to be picked up at City Hall and can be placed in the drop box at the Pandora Avenue entrance of City Hall, at an advance voting opportunity at Crystal Garden, or before 8 p.m. at one of the six voting places on General Voting Day.

Postage is included for mail ballot packages mailed within Canada. If you have requested a mail ballot but have not received one by General Voting Day, please contact City of Victoria Legislative Services at 250.361.0571.

TIP: If you incorrectly mark your ballot or your mail ballot is damaged, please call City of Victoria Legislative Services at 250.361.0571 for a replacement ballot. You must return the spoiled mail ballot to receive a replacement ballot.  

Voter Eligibility

To be eligible to vote in Victoria’s 2020 By-Election, you must be 18 years or older on voting day, be a Canadian citizen, a resident of British Columbia for at least six months, a resident of the City of Victoria or a registered owner of property in Victoria for at least 30 days prior to voting day.

If you own property in Victoria but live elsewhere, you are eligible to vote in Victoria’s 2020 By-Election as a non-resident property elector – as long as you own the property as an individual, not as a corporation.

Voters List

Check to see if you’re on the Voters List here. If you’re on the list, you are required to bring one piece of valid ID when you vote. If you’re not on the list, you will need to bring two pieces of valid ID to register when voting.

Safety Measures

The City of Victoria is committed to delivering a safe and physically distanced by-election during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following public health, Elections BC and WorkSafeBC directives, the City’s COVID-19 safety plan for each voting place will make sure the by-election is safe for voters, candidates and election staff.

All voting places will have protective measures in place, including physical distancing, capacity limits, and plexiglass protective barriers. Hand sanitizing stations will be provided and voters will be asked to sanitize their hands before and after voting. Election officials will wear masks or face-visors and there will be frequent cleaning of voting stations and high-touch surfaces. Pens will be provided for voting and will be sanitized between uses. People may also bring their own pen to vote.

You are asked to wear a mask when entering the voting location and will not be asked to remove your mask while voting.

Those who are ill or self-isolating are asked not to visit a voting place and to request a mail ballot package.

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