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Voters

Accessible Voting

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 Election Office. Please indicate if your mailing address is different from your residential address.

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

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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.

If you don’t have anybody to bring along with you, an Election Official may be able to assist you. 

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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 Election 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. 

The Richmond Election Office also makes an effort to have some multi-lingual election staff available at the voting places. 

Ballots are only available in English.

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