The following information is copied from the City of Victoria Information for Voters page. If you have any questions, please call our office at 250-412-8888 or email us at [email protected]

 

Accessible Voting

For voters with accessibility needs, we have services available to help you vote.

All advance voting places and general voting places are wheelchair accessible. Voters who can’t enter a voting place can vote at the curb or in the parking lot.

An accessible voting machine will be available on:

October 5, 11 & 12: Victoria City Hall

October 15: Central Middle School

Assistance is available to voters unable to mark a ballot because of a physical disability or difficulty with reading or writing. Voters needing assistance to mark their ballot may bring another person who will be required to sign a declaration, or ask an Election Official for assistance.  

 

Voting by Mail

Anyone eligible to vote can request a mail ballot in the City of Victoria’s 2022 Local Government Election. 

To receive a mail ballot, you need to complete and submit an application form. 

You can also request a mail ballot by calling 250.361.0571.

What You Need to Know 

Mail ballot packages will be available for pick up at City Hall or sent out by mail starting September 26. The last day a mail ballot package can be returned by mail is Thursday, October 6.  

After Thursday, October 6, do not put your mail ballot in the mail. You can return your mail ballot to: 

  • the drop box located outside the Pandora Avenue entrance of Victoria City Hall 
  • any of the 13 voting places on General Voting Day 
  • any of the five advance voting opportunities 

The City of Victoria must receive your mail ballot by 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 15 in order to be counted. 

 

Registering to Vote

The City of Victoria uses the most current available provincial list of voters prepared by Elections BC. If you were listed on the Provincial Voters List, you should be on the City's List of Electors.  

Check to see if you are on the Voters List. 

If you qualify as a resident elector but are not on the Provincial Voters List, then you may register:

  • when you vote at Advance Voting, or on General Voting Day at the voting place
  • when you vote by mail ballot

Two pieces of ID are required to register to vote. Please see "Identity Documents" below to know what to bring.

If you are registered to vote by August 23, 2022, a Voter Card will be mailed to your household in late September or early October. When you vote, bring the Voter Card with your name listed and one piece of acceptable identification. Please see "Identity Documents" below for acceptable identification.

If you own property in Victoria but live elsewhere, you may be eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector. See “Non-Resident Property Elector” below for more information.

 

Who Can Vote

To vote in the City of Victoria's 2022 Local Government Election, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day for the election
  • Be a Canadian Citizen
  • Be a resident of British Columbia for at least six months before the day of registration
  • Be a resident of the City of Victoria, or
  • Be a qualified property elector (non-resident property owner)
  • Not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment

New for 2022:

  • New residents no longer need to reside in the City of Victoria for at least 30 days to register to vote.
  • If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can pre-register by adding your name to the Future Voters List. 
  • Elector organizations must register with Elections BC and there are some new rules for candidates. Learn more.

 

Identifying Documents

The following are valid identity documents for proving voter identity.

If you are a registered voter, at least one document to prove your identify must include your 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 (Note: the dual BC Driver’s Licence and CareCard are considered one (1) piece of ID)
  • BC Identification Card
  • Photo BC Services Card (Note: the dual BC Driver’s Licence and CareCard are considered one (1) piece of ID)
  • 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
  • Confirmation of Social Insurance Number letter issued by the Government of Canada
  • 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 issued for the supply of electricity, natural gas, water, telephone services or coaxial cable services
  • A completed and signed Solemn Declaration that is witnessed and signed by a Commissioner of Affidavits in Form 12-16

 

Non-Resident Property Elector

If you own property in Victoria but live elsewhere, you might be eligible to vote in the 2022 Local Government Election as a non-resident property elector. The owners must be individuals, not corporations.

Non-resident property electors must meet the following qualifications:

  • age 18 or older on General Voting Day (October 15, 2022)
  • a Canadian citizen
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately before the day of registration
  • a registered owner of real property in the City of Victoria for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration
  • the only persons who are registered owners of the 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
  • not entitled to register as a resident elector
  • not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law
  • 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

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 in advance until August 23 or at the time of 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.

  • In order to register as a non-resident property elector, you must provide:
  • 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
  • An Application Form [PDF - 128 KB]
  • A Consent Form [PDF - 72 KB], if the property is owned jointly with other individuals

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.

 

When You Arrive to Vote

After being greeted at the voting location, you will be directed to the first available election official to show your Voter Card and one piece of acceptable identification, and asked to sign the voting book declaration to receive your ballot.

If you are not on the List of Registered Voters, or if you are updating your personal information on your Voter Card, you will need two pieces of identification. Please see "Identity Documents" above for acceptable identification.

Continue to the voting booth where you will have privacy to mark your ballot.

Finally, proceed to the voting machine where you will feed the ballot into the tabulator.