In what it says in an effort to “expand voting opportunities” in the municipal election taking place this month, the City of Vancouver announced that it is adding homeless shelters and social service drop-in centres to the list of voting locations.
The city said that as a result of feedback from various community groups, it updated the election bylaw in May to allow for the expansion of the program that included voting at large facilities, such as hospitals and long-term care centres, according to a release.
Now, that list of voting locations has expanded to include smaller facilities, such as shelters and social service drop-in centres.
The city said this increases the total number of special voting facilities to 90 in the 2018 election from 51 in the 2014 election.
Voting will take place in the 32 newly-added locations from October 9 to 19. The full list of locations can be found here.
Vancouver’s general election day is Saturday, October 20.