It’s easy to agree that voting is important. (For a refresher, read this). But that’s not to say it can’t also be a bit overwhelming, especially as a first time voter.
To help make things as simple and smooth as possible for you, we’ve put together a few links, resources and FAQs to guide you through the voting process. Most of the information in this guide is related to the Vancouver election, but we’ve also included a few links to other cities as well.
Remember: election day is October 20th!
First things first: why should you vote?
On October 20th, most of the province will head to the polls to elect new city leaders. In Vancouver we’re voting to elect 1 mayor, 10 councillors, 7 Park Board commissioners and 9 School Board trustees.
But what does that mean? How will a new mayor impact our day-to-day life? Does our one vote really matter?
Where can I cast my ballot?
Vancouver has a “vote anywhere” system, meaning you can walk into any polling station across the city and cast your ballot. Use this interactive map to find the best location for you!
Who are they? See the full list of Vancouver candidates for Mayor, Council, Park Board and School Board here. Want to learn about their platforms? Look for articles that provide a quick summary of each candidate’s platform, like this one from the Vancouver Sun. There are also many events and debates taking place where you can hear from the candidates themselves.
Plan Your Vote
To help you navigate the 2018 election, the City of Vancouver has created the Plan Your Vote tool. It will help prepare you for the randomized ballot, pick which polling station to go to, and provide you with a printable one-pager that you can take with you when you vote.
Upcoming Events & Debates
Here are just a few of the events and debates happening across the Lower Mainland:
Last Candidate Standing: 2018 Vancouver Election Debate (Oct 3)