For the 2014 municipal election, the City is providing eight locations, for eight days of advance voting for 12 hours per day (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) for a total of 768 hours of advance voting prior to the election. This represents a 280 per cent increase over 2011 and a 320 per cent increase over 2008.
Significant time was spent approximately one year ago securing the eight advance voting sites for this year’s election. Staff have to assure sites have the physical space required, would be available for 14 hours per day over the significant time period, be fully accessible to wheelchairs, on or close to transit, offer sufficient parking, and be digitally equipped to provide secure computer connections.
Voters in the Vancouver 2014 Municipal Election can vote in advance between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on November 4 to 10 and 12 at any one of these locations:
Data from past advance polls show that voters move about the city during advance voting and take advantage of the “vote anywhere” opportunity, voting far from their local neighbourhood in many cases. Increasing the total available hours of advance voting in 2011 resulted in a 25 per cent increase in advance voters over 2008.
On Election Day, there is extensive geographic coverage of the whole City with 120 voting places, specifically targeting community centres, shopping areas, schools, cultural centres and churches, in order to provide maximum convenience for voters. A key enhancement this year in terms of flexibility is the electronic voters list which will allow voters to vote at any of these 120 voting places, regardless of where they live.
As an additional measure to encourage participation, persons who are unable to attend a voting location or who will be out of the community during the voting period are welcome to vote by mail. They can simply call 3-1-1 for complete information on vote by mail or visit our website.
To find out more about the 2014 Vancouver Municipal Election visit Vancouver.ca/vote.
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