Voter Information

Do I qualify to vote?

 

 

You may vote in a BC local election as a resident elector if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • are 18 years of age or more on general voting day
  • have lived in BC for at least six months before you register to vote
  • have lived in the City of Port Coquitlam for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration.
How do I register to vote?

You may already be registered: anyone on the Provincial Voters List is already registered to vote in the municipal election. Please call our Elections Office at 604-927-5229 to confirm if your name is on the list.

Anyone registered as a Provincial Voter by June 1, 2018 should have automatically been placed on the City’s voters list.

Three ways to register to vote:

  1. Before August 28, 2018register at the Election Office (City Hall, second floor) with two pieces of ID (see below for details). We will help you fill out the registration form and submit it to Elections BC on your behalf.
  2. Register at one of the advance polls on Oct. 10 or 17 with two pieces of ID (see below for details).
  3. Register at the polls on election day Oct. 20 with two pieces of ID (see below for details).
What identification do I need to register to vote?

You must provide at least two of the documents listed below to provide evidence of your identity and place of residence. At least one of the documents must include your signature. You must be prepared to sign a declaration as to your place of residence.

Provide two of the following pieces of ID to register to vote:

  • BC Driver’s licence
  • BC Identification Card or BC Services card (photo or no photo) within the meaning of the Identification Card Regulation
  • Owner’s certificate of insurance and Vehicle licence issued by ICBC
  • BC CareCard of Gold CareCard (must be separate from BC Driver’s Licence to be second piece of ID)
  • Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form (SDES8)
  • Social Insurance Card or confirmation of Social Insurance Number letter issued by the government of Canada
  • Citizenship Card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • a real Property Tax Notice (current) (LGA Section 369 or Taxation Act Section 21)
  • Credit Card or Debit Card issued by a savings institution (Interpretation Act Section 29)
  • Utility Bill issued for the supply of electricity, natural gas, water, telephone or cable services
Where do I vote?

Advance Polls

  • Wed Oct 10 | 8 am – 8 pm  – The Outlet (access off McAllister Street or Leigh Square) #110 – 2248 Leigh Square
  • Wed Oct 17 |  8 am – 8 pm – The Outlet (access off McAllister Street or Leigh Square) #110 – 2248 Leigh Square

You may vote at ONE of the following stations on Saturday, October 20, 2018 between 8 am to 8 pm:

 

I own property in Port Coquitlam but do not live there. Can I vote?

 

As a non-resident property owner – you own property in one place but live in another – you have the right to vote both where you live and where you own property (but not in a company name).

You may vote as a non-resident property elector if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • are 18 years of age or more on general voting day
  • have lived in BC for at least six months before you register to vote
  • are a registered owner of real property in the City of Port Coquitlam for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration
  • are not entitled to register as a resident elector
  • can produce proof of entitlement to register, such as a recent Certificate of Title
How do I register as a non-resident property elector

It’s now easier to register as a non-resident property electors. NRPEs can either register in advance at City Hall (see above) or bring their land title certificate to either an advance poll or an election day poll along with two pieces of ID (see list above).

Registration Application for Property Electors (pdf)

What if there is more than one registered property owner?

If there is more than one registered owner of the property, only one of these individuals may register as a non-resident property elector for the property, with the consent of the majority of the owners.

A Non-Resident Property Elector Consent Form must be completed. The form is available for PDF download or at the Election Office at City Hall (second floor).

How do I mail-in my ballot?

Mail Ballot Voting is now permitted when electors meet either of the following criteria:

  • have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects the ability to vote at another voting opportunity; and/or
  • expect to be absent from the City of Port Coquitlam at the times of all advance voting opportunities (October 10 and October 17) and on General Voting Day (October 20).

Mail ballot voting packages are available until October 5, 2018. To register to receive a mail ballot package, please visit or contact the Corporate Office.  You will need to sign a declaration form when you return your mail ballot package.

Contact

Election Office
Tel. 604.927.5212
Email: corporateoffice@portcoquitlam.ca

Location and Mailing Address

Second Floor, City Hall
2580 Shaughnessy Street
Port Coquitlam BC  V3C 2A8

Business Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)