Voter Learning Centre Municipal Elections 101

Municipal Elections 101

Local government municipal elections are held every four years and the next one will be held on Saturday November 15 from 8 AM to 8 PM. Previously, these elections were held every 3 years.

Voters will elect one Mayor, eight Councillors and seven School Trustees in every municipal election. The majority of the ballots cast by voters determine which candidates are elected. In cases where there are as many as their are open councillor or trustee spots, candidates are declared via acclamation. Voters have up to 1 vote for Mayor, up to 8 votes for City Council and up to 7 votes for School Trustees. That is, voters don’t necessarily have to vote for 8 city councillors, for example. They can just vote for 2 or however many they wish.

Who Can Vote In The Municipal Elections?

You are eligible to vote in the upcoming municipal election if you meet the following:

  1. You are a Canadian citizen
  2. You are 18 years of age or older on Voting Day (November 15, 2014)
  3. You have lived in British Columbia for at least 6 months prior to registration (April 8, 2014).
  4. You have lived in Richmond for at least 30 days before Voting Day (October 15, 2014).

What Do You Need In Order To Vote?

You will need 2 of the following pieces of identification:

  • BC Driver’s License
  • BC Care Card
  • Canadian Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Insurance Card
  • Property Tax Notice
  • Canadian Citizenship Card

Important Dates – Richmond BC Municipal Elections 2014

Nominations Open: September 30 at 9 AM

Nominations Close: October 10 at 4 PM

Advance Voting:

November 1,5,6,7,8 at Richmond City Hall – all between 8 AM and 8 PM on each day

November 8 at McNeely, Lord Byng and Quilchena Elementary Schools – all between 8 AM and 8 PM

November 8 at McNair Secondary School – between 8 AM and 8 PM

Voting Day: November 15 from 8 AM to 8 PM