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General Information

Frequently Asked Questions

The Richmond General Local and School Election provides an opportunity for voters to determine the individuals who will collectively make decisions and govern on their behalf following General Voting Day (October 20, 2018).

General local elections in BC are held every four years on the third Saturday in October. On Saturday, October 20, 2018, Richmond voters will elect a Mayor, eight Councillors and seven School Trustees.

Key dates and locations
Voting and Voter Registration
Voters Assistance
Candidates​ Election employment​

Frequently Asked Questions
Key dates and locations

When is General Voting Day?
General Voting Day is Saturday, October 20, 2018 between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm.

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Where do I vote on General Voting Day? 
To vote on General Voting Day, you will need to go to your designated voting place which is based on where you live. 

To find out where your designated voting place is, you may use the Where do I vote? search tool, which will be available soon. We encourage you to double check your designated voting place, as this location may have changed from previous elections. 

Additionally, if you are already registered to vote or if you register in advance, you will receive a voter card in the mail, which will include where your designated voting place will be. 

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When and where are the advance voting days?
There will be nine advance voting opportunities over five days.

Date Time Location
Saturday, October 6, 2018 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Google MapsRichmond City Hall - 6911 No. 3 Road
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Google MapsRichmond City Hall - 6911 No. 3 Road
Thursday, October 11, 2018 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Google MapsRichmond City Hall - 6911 No. 3 Road
Friday, October 12, 2018 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Google MapsRichmond City Hall - 6911 No. 3 Road
Saturday, October 13, 2018  8:00 am to 8:00 pm  Google MapsRichmond City Hall - 6911 No. 3 Road
Saturday, October 13, 2018 8:00 am to 8:00 pm  Google MapsJ.N. Burnett Secondary School - 5011 Granville Avenue
Saturday, October 13, 2018 8:00 am to 8:00 pm  Google MapsH.J. Cambie Secondary School - 4151 Jacombs Road
Saturday, October 13, 2018 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Google MapsR.A. McMath Secondary School - 4251 Garry Street 
Saturday, October 13, 2018 8:00 am to 8:00 pm   Google MapsHugh McRoberts Secondary School - 8980 Williams Road

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When can candidates be nominated?

The candidate nomination period begins on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. and ends on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.  

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What is the City of Richmond Elections Office?

The City of Richmond Elections Office is a non-partisan office that administers the 2018 General Local and School Election. The Election Office can also provide information to eligible Richmond voters, candidates, and those seeking election employment including:

  • application forms to prospective election employees
  • registration assistance (coming soon)
  • voting place information to eligible voters (coming soon)

You may contact the Election Office:

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Voting and Voter Registration

Am I eligible to vote?

You may vote in the Richmond General Local and School Election as a resident elector if you meet all of the requirements:

  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • are, or will be, at least 18 years old on General Voting Day (Saturday, October 20, 2018);
  • have lived in BC for at least six months prior to registration (April 19, 2018 is the last day to meet residency requirement if registering on General Voting Day);
  • have lived in Richmond (or owned property in Richmond for a non-resident property elector) for at least 30 days prior to registration (September 19, 2018 is the last day to meet local residency requirement if registering on General Voting Day); and
  • are not disqualified from voting by the Local Government Act [49(2)] or any other enactment.

Non-Resident Property Elector

If you own property in Richmond, but do not live in the City, you may be eligible to vote in the 2018 Richmond Election. 

 

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Do I have to register in advance of General Voting Day (Saturday, October, 20, 2018)?

No. If you are an eligible voter, and are not registered, you may register in advance before Tuesday, August 28, 2018.  After this date, you may register on General Voting Day, or at an advance voting opportunity. 

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How do I register to vote?

If you are not already on the Voters List, you can register now

The advantages of registering in advance include:

  • You will receive a voter card in the mail with your personalized voting information, including when and where you can vote.
  • You will enjoy faster service at your voting place, as the Richmond Elections Office will have your information in advance.

  • You may register online:
      1. Go to Elections BC's website.
      2. Have one of the following ID (identification document) ready:
      • BC driver's licence number
      • BC Identification card number
      • Social Insurance Number (last six digits)
      • Personal Health Number (last six digits)

    You may register in advance until Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

    Please keep in mind that you may still register when you vote. You must provide two separate pieces of ID (identification document) that include your name and residential address. One piece must include your signature. The Where do I vote? search tool will be available soon on this website.

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    Do I have to re-register to vote each election?

    No. If you voted in the previous provincial, federal or local government elections, then it is very likely that you are already registered to vote for the 2018 General Local and School Election.  

    The City of Richmond uses the provincial Voters List for local government elections. Elections BC maintains and updates the Voters List between elections, however, if you have recently moved, and have not updated your registration information with Elections BC, then you may wish to do so during the advance registration period to ensure that your current registration information for Richmond is incorporated into the Voters List.  

    If you have not updated your registration information in advance of General Voting Day, an Election Official can easily process a change of address or registration update immediately before you vote at the voting place.

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    What is the Voters List?

    The City of Richmond uses the Province of BC’s List of Registered Electors (also known as the Voters List) for local government elections. Elections BC maintains and updates the Voters List between elections. The Voters List includes your name and residential address if you are a registered elector. 

    In accordance with the Local Government Act, the Voters List for the City of Richmond will only be available for public inspection in person at the Richmond Elections Office between Tuesday, September 4 and Saturday, October 20, 2018.

    To view the Voters List, you must sign an official statement declaring that you will only view the Voters List in accordance with the Local Government Act, to object to the registration of an elector on the basis that the person has died, or is not qualified to be an elector in Richmond. 

    Candidates may request a copy of the Voters List for election purposes only. When no longer required, Voters Lists must be destroyed. 

    The Election Act provides serious penalties for the misuse of the Voters List.

    You may request for your information to be omitted from or obscured from the Voters List . 

    If you are not on the Voters List, you can register now.  

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    What ID (identification document) do I need to register when I vote?

    You must provide two separate pieces of ID (identification document) that include your name and residential address. One piece must include your signature. 

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    How do I update my name and/or residential address on the Voters List?

To update your name and/or residential address, go to Elections BC's website

Please have one of the following ID (identification document) ready:

  • BC driver's licence number
  • BC Identification card number
  • Social Insurance Number (last six digits)
  • Personal Health Number (last six digits)

Updating your name or address in advance ensures that you will be on the Voters List and will receive a voter card in the mail, which includes your designated voting place and making the voting process even faster for you when you vote.

You may also change your name or address when you vote. Please bring two pieces of ID (identification document)  when you go to your designated voting place. We encourage you to double check your designated voting place, as this location may have changed from previous elections. The Where do I vote? search tool will soon be available on this website.

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Can I vote by mail?

You may apply to vote by mail ballot if:
  • You expect to be away on General Voting Day and at all advance voting opportunities.
  • You have a physical disability; illness; and/or injury that affects your ability to vote in person on General Voting Day or at all advance voting opportunities.

To apply to vote by mail ballot, please provide your name and residential address to the Richmond Elections Office as soon as possible. Please indicate if your mailing address is different from your residential address. 

All applications must be submitted to the Richmond Elections Office no later than 4:00 pm on General Voting Day (Saturday, October 20, 2018). Contact the Richmond Elections Office:

  • call 604-276-4100
  • email elections@richmond.ca
  • visit in-person (across from Council Chambers, in Richmond City Hall)

Any ballots cast through the mail ballot process must be returned to the Chief Election Officer no later than 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 20, 2018 in order to be counted. It is the voter’s responsibility to ensure that their ballot has been provided to the Chief Election Officer by the deadline noted.

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Can I vote online? 

No. Online voting is not available in BC.

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Voter Assistance

Are voting places accessible by wheelchairs and mobility scooters?

Yes. Voting places are accessible by wheelchairs and mobility scooters. 

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What if I am unable to vote in-person on General Voting Day, and at all advance voting opportunities?

If you have a physical disability; illness; and/or injury that affects your ability to vote in person on General Voting Day or at all advance voting opportunities, you may apply to vote by mail ballot.

To apply to vote by mail ballot, please provide your name and residential address to the Richmond Elections Office. Please indicate if your mailing address is different from your residential address.

All applications must be submitted to the Richmond Elections Office by 4:00 pm on General Voting Day (Saturday, October 20, 2018). Contact the Richmond Elections Office by phone at 604-276-4100; email elections@richmond.ca; or visit in-person (across from Council Chambers; in Richmond City Hall).

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What if I need assistance with reading or marking my ballot at the voting booth?

You may bring another person to assist you with reading or marking your ballot at the voting booth. This person must make a solemn declaration to faithfully and impartially assist you. An Elector Assistance Voting Booth will be provided to ensure your privacy.

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What ways can I mark my ballot independently if I have a physical disability; illness; and/or injury?

There will be an accessible ballot-marking device available at Richmond City Hall on advance voting dates. With this accessible ballot-marking device, you will be able to mark your ballot independently using the following options:

  • descriptive audio
  • enhanced video display
  • Braille keypad
  • connections for sip/puff devices

The accessible ballot-marking device will not be available on General Voting Day (October 20, 2018). However, you may bring another person or request for an Election Official to assist you with reading or marking your ballot at the voting booth. This person must make a solemn declaration to faithfully and impartially assist you. An Elector Assistance Voting Booth will be provided to ensure your privacy.

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What if I am unable to enter the voting place? 

If you are physically unable to enter the voting place because of physical disability or impaired mobility, you may request to vote in your vehicle in the parking lot or street curb. This is also known as curb-side voting. Please request to see the Presiding Election Official by calling the Richmond Elections Office at 604-276-4100.

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What voting options do I have if I live in a care home?

If you live in a care home in Richmond and are not able to attend a voting place at advance voting opportunities or General Voting Day (October 20, 2018), arrangements will be made to provide appropriate voting opportunities. A list of care homes participating will be posted soon. Please contact us if you have any questions. 

Alternatively, if you have a physical disability; an injury; and/or illness, you may apply to vote using a mail ballot or request curb-side voting

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What if English is not my first language?

The Richmond Elections Office publishes and distributes Voter’s Guides in English. The Guide will also be available on the City’s website and in select civic facilities in other languages (French, Chinese, and Punjabi).

In addition, voting instructions and other voting information will be posted at the voting places in other languages besides English. If you require translation assistance in the voting booth, you may bring a person along with you to translate. The person assisting you must make a solemn declaration to faithfully and impartially assist you. 

Ballots are only available in English.

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Candidates

Am I eligible to run for office?

In order to run as a candidate, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old on General Voting Day (Saturday, October 20, 2018);
  • be a Canadian citizen; and
  • be a resident of British Columbia for at least six months before the date of nomination (March 13, 2018 is the last day to meet BC residency requirements to be nominated as a candidate).
  • In addition, you must not have been otherwise disqualified. 

If you are nominated to be a candidate for the Richmond Election, you are not required to be a resident of the City of Richmond. If you are a City of Richmond, Richmond School Board, or Metro Vancouver employee, you are required to take a leave of absence before being nominated. If elected, you must resign from your City, School Board, or Metro Vancouver position. 

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How do I get nominated?

To run for office in Richmond, you need two nominators. No nomination deposit is required. You must complete all nomination forms, which will be available shortly.

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Where and when do I file my nomination papers?

You must file your nomination documents with the Richmond Elections Office. The candidate nomination period begins on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. and ends on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. 

Once you’ve completed all nomination forms (which will soon be available), you are encouraged to make an appointment during the nomination period with the Richmond Elections Office.

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Is there a nomination fee or deposit?

No, there is no nomination fee or deposit required.

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What is an elector organization/civic political party?

An elector organization is an organization that endorses or intends to endorse a candidate(s) in local elections and that files endorsement documents with the local Chief Election Officer.

An elector organization may endorse you on the ballot by allowing its name, abbreviation or acronym to appear on the ballot beside your name and/or promote your election platform or the organization’s viewpoints during its election campaign. Elector organizations are also known as “civic political parties.”

For more details, please review the Province of BC’s What Every Candidate Needs to Know pamphlet. 

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What is a campaign financing disclosure statement?

Elections BC, under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA), oversees all aspects of local elections related to campaign financing and election advertising.  

For more information, please visit Elections BC or contact the Local Elections Campaign Financing Office at (toll-free) 1-855-952-0280 or lecf@elections.bc.ca.

We encourage you to review the Province of BC’s What Every Candidate Needs to Know pamphlet. 

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Election Employment

How do I submit an application to work for the Richmond Election?

The Election Office is accepting applications for those interested in working as election officials.  To apply, please have a look at the 2018 election employment web pages.

Due to the volume of applications received, only successful applicants will be contacted.

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What are the qualifications to work for the Richmond Election?

All Election staff should:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada and have a Social Insurance Number
  • Not be actively working for any election campaign, elector organization or candidate
  • Not be related to a candidate running for office in the 2018 General and Local School Election
  • Be able to attend training
  • Be able to carry out duties faithfully and impartially

Further qualifications are outlined in the individual job descriptions for Presiding Election Official, Alternate Presiding Election Official and Election Official.  Have a look at the 2018 election employment web pages.

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