election FAQs

 

Voting

When is the election?
Saturday, October 15, 2022

Where can I vote?

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

What are the voting hours?
8am to 8pm

Can I vote at any location?
Yes, Port Moody votes “at large”.

Will mail ballot voting be offered?
Yes – please see our mail ballot voting webpage for more information.

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.

 Advance voting

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

When: Wednesday, October 5, 2022 and Saturday, October 8, 2022
Where: Wellness Room, Port Moody Recreation Complex, 300 Ioco Road
Time: 8am to 8pm

If you are not on the list of registered electors at the time of voting, you may register with two 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 Services Card, BC CareCard, or Gold CareCard
  • BCID Card
  • Owner’s Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence issued by ICBC
  • Social Insurance Number Card
  • Citizenship Card or Certificate
  • Birth Certificate
  • Canadian Passport
  • Property tax notice
  • Utility bill
  • Debit or credit card or statement issued by a financial institution
  • Student ID card
  • Government-issue documents such as cheque stub, Pension Plan benefits statement, Old Age Security statement.
  • Income Tax Assessment Notice
  • Canadian Forces Identification
 Mail ballot voting

Will mail ballot voting be offered for the 2022 General Local Election in Port Moody?
Yes.

Who can vote by mail ballot?
All qualified resident and non-resident property electors of Port Moody can vote by mail ballot. If you meet the qualifications to vote as either a resident or non-resident property elector in Port Moody, you are eligible to vote by mail. See the qualifications to be an elector in Port Moody.

Can I vote by mail ballot even if I will not be away on Advance Voting days (October 5 and 8, 2022) or General Voting Day (October 15, 2022)?
Yes.

Do I need to already be a registered elector before applying to vote by mail ballot? Can I vote by mail ballot if I am not a registered voter, but am qualified to vote?
You do not need to already be a registered voter to apply for a mail ballot. If you are eligible to vote in Port Moody but are not already registered to vote when you apply for a mail ballot, a voter registration (200M) form will be included in your mail ballot package. This form must be completed and returned along with your mail ballot, with copies of two acceptable pieces of ID attached. A witness signature is also required on the 200M form.

A mail ballot from an unregistered voter without a completed registration form will not be counted in this election.

Complete instructions are included in each mail ballot package.

Examples of acceptable identification for registration purposes:

  • BC Driver’s Licence
  • BC Services Card, BC CareCard, or Gold CareCard
  • BCID Card
  • Owner’s Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence issued by ICBC
  • Social Insurance Number Card
  • Citizenship Card or Certificate
  • Birth Certificate
  • Canadian Passport
  • Property Tax Notice
  • Utility Bill
  • Debit or Credit Card, or Statement Issued by a Financial Institution
  • Student ID Card
  • Government-issue Documents such as Cheque Stub, Pension Plan Benefits Statement, Old Age Security Statement
  • Income Tax Assessment Notice
  • Canadian Forces Identification

How do I apply to vote by mail ballot?

Beginning on August 29, 2022, you will be able to obtain a Mail Ballot Application Form on this webpage, or in-person from the Legislative Services counter at City Hall (100 Newport Drive). Completed applications can be submitted in-person, by mail, or by email. Please note that valid proof of identification is required when applying for a mail ballot package.

If you are applying to vote by mail as a non-resident property elector, please see how do non-resident property electors apply to vote by mail for more information. 

If your application is complete, a mail ballot package will be sent to you or made available for pick up as soon as ballots are available.

Mail transit times are determined solely by Canada Post. If you intend to apply for and submit a ballot by mail only, we encourage you to apply early to ensure sufficient time for you to receive the ballot and for the Election Office to receive your completed ballot by no later than 8pm on Saturday, October 15, 2022. If we receive your application close to General Voting Day, we may recommend that you arrange to pick up a mail ballot package from the Election Office at Port Moody City Hall.

What are the ways that I can receive a mail ballot? Do I need ID to pick up a mail ballot package?

At the time of application, you will be required to select one of the following methods of delivery for your mail ballot package:

  1. Regular letter mail through Canada Post to residential address; or
  2. Regular letter mail through Canada Post to an alternate address that you provide when applying for the mail ballot package; or
  3. Pick up at Port Moody City Hall by applicant (ID required); or
  4. Pick up at Port Moody City Hall by other authorized individual (ID required)

Is the mail ballot the same ballot as the one that I would receive at a voting location?
Yes. The ballot that you receive in the mail is identical to the ballot that you would receive at a voting location. Please note that each voter is only eligible to vote once in the election – either by mail ballot or in-person. Please read Can I vote at a voting location (on Advance Voting days or General Voting Day) after applying for a mail ballot? for more information.

How do I complete my mail ballot?
Mark the ballot by completely filling in the circle next to the candidate(s) of your choice. Ballot marking instructions will be included in the mail ballot package.

After marking the ballot, follow the included instructions for placing the completed ballot in the provided envelopes.

How, where, and when do I return my completed mail ballot for it to be counted in this election?

Completed mail ballots must be received by the Chief Election Officer (or designate) at City Hall (100 Newport Drive) by no later than 8pm on October 15, 2022 to be counted in the 2022 General Local Election.

In addition to mailing your ballot, completed mail ballots can be dropped off at the Legislative Services counter at City Hall at anytime during our extended office hours in October, and must also be received by the Chief Election Officer (or designate) by no later than 8pm on October 15, 2022.

Can I vote at a voting location (on Advance Voting days or General Voting Day) after applying for a mail ballot?
If you have applied for a mail ballot, your name will be flagged in the voting books at all voting locations as having received a mail ballot. If you choose to vote in-person at a voting location after receiving a mail ballot package, election officials at the voting location will immediately contact the Election Office to ensure that you have not already submitted the mail ballot.

Once the Election Office verifies that you have not returned a completed mail ballot to City Hall, election officials will be authorized to issue you a ballot at the voting location. Your unreturned mail ballot package will be automatically voided, and you will be unable to submit a mail ballot afterwards.

Why are mail ballots not made available sooner?
Mail ballots are made available as soon as the ballots are printed and delivered to the Election Office. The ballots can only be confirmed and ordered to print after the provincial deadline for candidate withdrawal from the election (without appearing on the ballot), which is Friday, September 16, 2022.

How do non-resident property electors apply to vote by mail?
Non-resident property electors must register to vote as they do not appear on the provincial voters list for Port Moody. Please contact the Election Office to request a mail ballot package for non-resident property electors. All required forms and documents will be included in the mail ballot package.

Non-resident property electors must submit the following to the Election Office along with their completed mail ballot by no later than 8pm on October 15, 2022 for the ballot to be counted in the 2022 General Local Election:

  • Completed Non-Resident Property Elector Registration form;
  • Proof of ownership (i.e., tax bill or title search; photocopies are acceptable, original documents will not be returned);
  • Photocopies of two pieces of identification, at least one of which must contain your signature; and
  • If the person registering to vote is not the sole owner of the property in question, the Non-Resident Property Elector Consent form must be completed and signed by the majority of the registered property owners (including the signature of the person registering to vote).

Please note: Non-resident property owners living in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, the Village of Anmore, and the Village of Belcarra are not eligible to vote in the School Trustee race in the City of Port Moody. They are only eligible to vote for the School Trustee candidates running in their jurisdiction of residence.

Who do I contact for more information?
Please contact the Election Office: Philip Lo, Chief Election Officer, City of Port Moody.
Phone: 604.469.4505
Fax: 604.469.4550
Email: elections@portmoody.ca

 Voter qualifications

Must I be a Canadian Citizen to vote?
Yes.

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

A 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
  • not be disqualified by law to vote

A 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
  • 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 to vote
  • only register in relation to one piece of property

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

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)

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

Am I on the List of Electors? Can I register in advance if my name is not on the List of Electors?
The City of Port Moody uses the most current available List of Registered Electors from the Province. Any qualified elector who is not on the List of Registered Electors can register at the time of voting.

Non-resident property owners do not appear on the Port Moody List of Registered Electors.

We encourage all eligible electors in Port Moody to take advantage of advance voter registration for the October election, which can be done through Elections BC. The deadline for advance voter registration is Tuesday, August 23, 2022.

Note: Two pieces of identification, at least one with a signature are required to prove residency at time of registration. Examples of acceptable forms of IDs include:

  • BC Driver’s Licence
  • BC Services Card, BC CareCard, or Gold CareCard
  • BCID Card
  • Owner’s Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence issued by ICBC
  • Social Insurance Number Card
  • Citizenship Card or Certificate
  • Birth Certificate
  • Canadian Passport
  • Property tax notice
  • Utility bill
  • Debit or credit card or statement issued by a financial institution
  • Student ID card
  • Government-issue documents such as cheque stub, Pension Plan benefits statement, Old Age Security statement.
  • Income Tax Assessment Notice
  • Canadian Forces Identification
 Candidates

Do candidates have to live in Port Moody?
No.

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
  • not be disqualified by law

How do I become a candidate?
Nomination packages are available here. Printed copies can also be picked up at the Legislative Services Counter, Main Floor, City Hall, 100 Newport Drive (please contact the Election Office in advance to ensure that printed copies are available).

Nomination documents must be filed with the Chief Election Officer at City Hall between 9am Tuesday, August 30, 2022 and 4pm Friday, September 9, 2022.

Appointments are required to submit your nomination documents. This ensures that we can thoroughly review your nomination documents with you prior to submission. To make an appointment with the Chief Election Officer, email us, call 604.469.4505, or visit the Legislative Services counter on the first floor of Port Moody City Hall, 100 Newport Drive. Each appointment will last approximately 30 minutes.

How many nominators are required for my nomination?
A minimum of two (2) qualified nominators are required for each candidate nomination. Each qualified nominator must be a registered elector in the City of Port Moody. We encourage potential candidates to submit more than the minimum number of nominators, in case some of your nominators do not appear on Port Moody’s List of Registered Electors.

How do I find out who the candidates are?
Candidate nomination documents will be posted on the City’s Election website as they are received between August 30 and September 9, 2022.

Is there an election advertising “blackout” period on Saturday, October 15?
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.

There is also a prohibition against campaigning, campaign signs, and distributing campaign materials (by candidates and their representatives) within 100 metres of voting locations on Advance Voting days (October 5 and 8) and General Voting Day (October 15). More information is available in the candidate nomination package.

Can I appoint scrutineers to represent me at voting locations?
Yes. Please review the Rules Regarding Candidates and Candidates’ Representatives in the candidate nomination package.

Who do I contact for questions regarding campaign financing?
Elections BC administers the campaign financing and advertising rules in local elections. If you have any questions on this topic, please contact Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683 or by email.

 General

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

Who is the Chief Election Officer (CEO)?
Philip Lo, Legislative Services Advisor, City of Port Moody
Ph: 604.469.4505
Email: elections@portmoody.ca

Where do I contact for other election information?
Please direct election questions to: elections@portmoody.ca

Prospective candidates should be referred to the Chief Election Officer, 604.469.4505