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Voting

1. When is the election?
Saturday, October 20, 2018

2. What are voters being asked to decide?
Qualified voters will elect one mayor, six councillors, and two school trustees for a four-year term. Electors in Port Moody will also be asked to share their opinion on the proposed sale, partial sale, or lease of the former Fire Hall and existing Works Yard sites to pay for one or more potential community improvements.

3. Where can I vote?

See below for advance voting opportunities or mail-in ballot.

4. What are the voting hours?
8am to 8pm

5. Can I vote at any location?
Yes

6. Is there a mail-in ballot?
Yes - please see question #9.

7. Will you be providing mobile voting for those who can’t get to the polls?
No. Voters who cannot get to the polls will have the opportunity to vote by mail ballot. We will be working with facilities who have requested mobile polls in the past to arrange for the delivery and collection of mail ballots for voters in those facilities.

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Advance Voting

8. Can I vote in advance?
Yes, any qualified elector can vote at one of the two advance voting opportunities.

  • When: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 and Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Where: Parkview Room, 2nd Floor, Port Moody City Hall, 100 Newport Drive
  • Time: 8am to 8pm

Note: If you are not on the list of registered electors, you may register at time of voting with 2 documents that provide evidence of your identity and place of residence, at least one of which must include your signature.  Examples of acceptable forms of IDs include:

  • BC Driver's Licence
  • BC ID Card issued by the Motor Vehicle Branch
  • Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence issued by ICBC
  • BC CareCard or BC Gold CareCard
  • BC Services Card
  • Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation Form HR81
  • Social Insurance Card issued by Human Resources Development Canada
  • Birth Certificate
  • Citizenship Card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Canadian Passport
  • Real property tax notice
  • Credit card or debit card (must include name) issued by a savings institution
  • Utility bill
  • Certificate of Indian Status issued by Government of Canada
  • Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits
  • BC Government cheque
  • Income Tax Assessment Notice
  • Canada Child Tax Benefit Statement
  • Student Card issued by a university or college
  • Canadian Forces Identification
  • Old Age Security Identification Card

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Mail-in Ballot

9. If I can’t vote at the advance voting or on election day, can I vote?
Yes, we have mail-in ballot voting.

Voting by mail is available for electors:

  • with a physical disability, illness, or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity, and
  • who expect to be absent from Port Moody on all Advance Voting Days and General Voting Day.

In order to vote by mail ballot, you must submit the following information to the City of Port Moody Legislative Services office:

  • Full name,
  • Residential address,
  • Address of the property in relation to which you are voting (for non-resident property electors),
  • Method of delivery of your mail ballot package: 
    - pickup at Port Moody City Hall, OR 
    - regular letter mail through Canada Post to residential address, OR 
    - regular letter mail through Canada Post to an alternate address that you provide when requesting the ballot package.

Connect with us by mail (100 Newport Drive, Port Moody, V3H 5C3), telephone at 604.469.4603, fax at 604.469.4550, or email to dshermer@portmoody.ca.  

If you are not on the list of electors, you must indicate whether you are going to be registering as a resident or non-resident property elector to ensure you receive the correct registration application form in your package.

Your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8pm on October 20, 2018.

We will be promoting the availability of mail ballot voting through extending business hours. From October 9 to October 19, mail ballots can be picked up and dropped off between 8am and 8pm at City Hall. More information is available on the election home page.

10. Why doesn’t the City hold the advance voting opportunities earlier?
Mail balloting will be available as soon as the ballots are printed and delivered to our office. Electors can pick-up and drop-off mail ballots during our regular and extended office hours in October. These hours are even more flexible than additional advance voting opportunities.  

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Voter Qualifications

11. Must I be a Canadian Citizen to vote?
Yes

12. What are the qualifications to vote?
You can qualify as a resident elector or non-resident property elector:

Resident elector, at time of voting, must:

  • be 18 years or older
  • be a Canadian Citizen
  • be a resident of BC for at least 6 months (April 19, 2018)
  • be a resident of electoral area (Port Moody) for 30 days
  • not be disqualified by law

Non-Resident Property Elector, at time of voting, must:

  • be 18 years or older
  • be a Canadian Citizen
  • be a resident of BC for at least 6 months (April 19, 2018)
  • be a registered owner of property in Port Moody for 30 days immediately before the day of registration
  • not be eligible to register as a resident elector in Port Moody
  • not be disqualified by law
  • only register in relation to one piece of property

13. I own property in Port Moody but don’t live there, can I register to vote on voting day?
Yes, you can register as a Non-Resident Property Owner. Forms can be obtained from City Hall at Legislative Services. To register you must provide:

  • Proof of ownership (ie: tax bill or title search)
  • Two pieces of identification, at least one of which must contain your signature
  • If applicable, written consent from the majority of the property owners (including the signature of the person registering to vote)

14. If I own property in addition to my residence can I vote twice?
No, you may only vote once.

15. How is “residency” determined for the purposes of voting?
Your usual place of residence must be in the City of Port Moody.

16. Am I on the List of Electors?
The City of Port Moody uses the most current available list from the Province. If not on the List of Registered Electors, any qualified elector can register at the time of voting.

17. Can I register in advance if my name is not on the List of Electors?
No, there will be no advance registration. You may register at time of voting if you qualify to vote as a resident elector or non-resident property elector.

Note: 2 pieces of identification, at least one with a signature are required to prove residency at time of registration.  

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Candidates 

 

18. Do candidates have to live in Port Moody?
No

19. What are the requirements to be a candidate?

Candidates must, by voting day:

  • be 18 years or older
  • be a Canadian citizen
  • be a resident of BC for at least 6 months (April 19, 2018)
  • not be disqualified by law

20. How do I become a candidate?
Nomination packages will be available starting Monday, August 13 for pickup at the Legislative Services Counter, Main Floor, City Hall, 100 Newport Drive. You may also email dshermer@portmoody.ca for a copy of the nomination package and necessary forms.

Nomination papers must be filed with the Chief Election Officer at City Hall between 9am Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and 4pm Friday, September 14, 2018.

21. How do I find out who the candidates are?
Candidate nomination papers will be posted on this site as they are received between September 4, 2018 and September 14, 2018.

22. Is there an election advertising “blackout” period on Saturday, October 20?
Newspaper, magazine, radio, or television advertising on election day is prohibited. This applies to ads to promote or oppose a candidate, an elector organization, or a particular outcome in other voting. Please also be reminded that there is a prohibition against campaigning or campaign signs/literature within 100 metres of voting places on voting day.

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General

23. I would like to work at the election. Where can I apply?
Submit your application online here.

24. Who is the Chief Election Officer (CEO)?
Dorothy Shermer, Corporate Officer, City of Port Moody
Ph: 604.469.4603
Fax: 604.469.4550
Email: dshermer@portmoody.ca

25. Where do I call for other election information?
Dorothy Shermer (see contact information above) or,
Tracey Takahashi, Deputy Chief Election Officer and Deputy Corporate Officer, City of Port Moody
Ph: 604.469.4539
Fax:604.469.4550
Email: ttakahashi@portmoody.ca

Prospective candidates should be referred to the Chief Election Officer, 604.469.4603

Last updated: 11/09/2018 3:11:26 PM