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Voter Registration

 

  • Voter Registration

    The City of Victoria is using the Provincial Voters List for the 2020 Municipal By-election on December 12, 2020. If you are on the Provincial Voters List, you are not required to register again.

    If you are not sure if you are on the Provincial Voters List, you can find out by checking here. Or you can call Legislative Services at Victoria City Hall on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (except statutory holidays).

    NOTE: If you qualify as a resident elector but are not on the Provincial Voters List, you may register as an elector when you vote, either at Advance Voting or on General Voting Day at the voting place.

    Please note that advance registration to be on the Provincial Voters List is now closed and re-opens on December 14, 2020. 

  • Am I Registered to Vote?

    The Provincial Voters List from Elections BC is being used to create Victoria's list of eligible voters by name and address. Check to see if you're on the Provincial Voters List here

    If you're not on the list, please see Voter Qualifications below to find out if you are eligible to vote, and Identify Documents to know what two identity documents to bring with you to register at the voting opportunity you attend.

    Note: Even if you are registered, you will need to bring one piece of valid ID on voting day. Please see Identity Documents for acceptable identification.

     

  • Voter Qualifications

    In order to be eligible to vote as a resident elector on Voting Day in the 2020 municipal by-election you must satisfy all of the following criteria:

    • age 18 or older when registering to vote or on voting day.
    • Canadian citizen
    • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months before registering to vote or on voting day
    • resident of the City of Victoria for at least 30 days before registering to vote or on voting day
    • not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law
  • Identity Documents

    The following are valid identity documents for proving voter identity. At least one document presented to prove identity must include the applicant's signature. If you are registering to vote at a Voting Place, you will be required to present two pieces. Please be prepared to present two of the identity documents noted below:

    • BC Driver's Licence
    • BC Identification Card
    • Photo BC Services Card
    • Certificate of Indian Status as issued by the Government of Canada
    • Non-photo BC Services Card
    • Student card issued by a post-secondary institution
    • Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence issued by ICBC
    • BC CareCard or BC Gold CareCard
    • Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form  SDES8
    • Social Insurance Card
    • Canadian Citizenship Card
    • City of Victoria Property Tax Notice
    • Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits
    • BC Government cheque
    • Income Tax Assessment Notice
    • Canadian Forces Identification
    • Old Age Security Identification Card
    • Canadian Passport
    • Birth Certificate
    • Credit card or debit card or statement
    • Utility bill
    • Library card issued by the Greater Victoria Public Library
  • Residency Requirements

    The Greater Victoria area is made up of many municipalities, so you may be unsure whether you are a City of Victoria resident or resident of another municipality. Only Victoria residents and non-resident property owners are eligible to vote in the 2020 Victoria municipal by-election in the City of Victoria.

    If you are uncertain about your municipality of residence, you can check the CRD Regional Map. A check of your property tax receipt will also provide you with information about your municipality of residence. If you are still uncertain, please contact the Legislative Services office at 250.361.0571 for assistance.

     

  • Non-Resident Property Elector

    If you own property in Victoria but live elsewhere, you might be eligible to vote in the City of Victoria by-election as a non-resident property elector. The owners must be individuals, not corporations.

    In order to be eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector you must satisfy all of the following criteria:

    • age 18 or older
    • Canadian citizen
    • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before registering to vote or on voting day
    • registered owner of real property in the City of Victoria for at least 30 days immediately before registering to vote or on voting day
    • not entitled to register as a resident elector
    • not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law
    • only persons who are registered owners of the real property, either as joint tenants or tenants in common, are individuals who are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust
    • if there is more than one registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector

    If you are not on the City's Voters List and qualify as a non-resident property elector you may register prior to voting. Registering as a non-resident property elector at the time on voting day requires documentation proving your identity, place of residence and proof of property ownership.

    To prove your identity and your eligibility to register, please bring with you:

    • Two pieces of personal identification - one with residential address, and one with your signature; and
    • Property title deed or current City of Victoria property tax receipt; and
    • Consent Form, if the property is owned jointly with other individuals - available at Legislative Services or available as a pdf document below.

    If a property is owned in whole or in part by a corporation, you are ineligible to register as a non-resident property elector with regard to that property. There is no corporate vote in BC.

    For further information about registering to vote as a non-resident property elector, please contact Legislative Services at 250.361.0571.

 


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