British Columbia

Advanced voting for Vancouver byelection begins

One councillor and nine school board trustees to be chosen Oct. 14

Justin McElroy - CBC News

October 04, 2017

Vancouver's city hall is the only place for advanced voting, prior to general voting day on Oct. 14, 2017. (Cliff Shim/CBC)

Wednesday is the first of two advanced voting days in the City of Vancouver's byelection for council and school board. 

People can cast their ballot at city hall until 8 p.m.

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During advanced voting only, staff are offering accessibility aids for people with disabilities, including a sip and puff device, an audio system with headphones to read the ballot, and a magnification device to enlarge the ballot. 

There will be another advanced voting day on Oct. 10, before the general voting day on Oct. 14. 

The byelection was prompted after former Vision coun. Geoff Meggs resigned to become Premier John Horgan's chief of staff.

A month later, the NDP government announced there would also be an election to replace the school board trustees who were fired by the previous B.C. Liberal government in 2016. 

Nine people are running for council, while 19 people are running for the nine school trustee positions. 

Voters need two identifying documents to prove they are Vancouver residents, but there are a variety of alternatives available, including swearing a declaration of identity.

"We don't want to disenfranchise people. We look at the nature of the ID, it's difficult to put everything down ... because there's different pieces of ID," said Janice McKenzie, Vancouver's chief election officer.

A full list of candidates can be found here

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