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The City of Victoria has officially announced the start of nomination period for candidates entering the 2020 byelection, hoping to be elected the city’s new councillor.

The byelection, scheduled to be held on April 4th, will decide who will replace councillor Laurel Collins after she was elected Member of Parliament for Victoria in November.

See also: Together Victoria slate announces nomination for 2020 municipal byelection

Nomination period begins today and will end at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 28th, giving prospective candidates 10 days to pick up and file their nomination packages at City Hall.

On General Voting day on April 4th, there will be five locations for Victorians to cast their ballots at:

  • James Bay Community School, 140 Oswego Street
  • Oaklands Elementary School, 2827 Belmont Avenue
  • Sir James Douglas Elementary School, 401 Moss Street
  • Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Square
  • Victoria West Elementary School, 750 Front Street   

The following advance voting opportunities will also be provided at City Hall:

  • Monday, March 23rd, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 24th, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 25th, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, March 27th, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Monday, March 30th, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 31st, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 1st, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

To be eligible to cast a ballot, voters must be 18 years or older on voting day, be a Canadian citizen, a resident of British Columbia for at least six months, a resident of the City of Victoria or a registered owner of property in Victoria for at least 30 days prior to voting day.

See also: First candidate revealed in byelection to replace Laurel Collins as Victoria councillor

Those who own property in Victoria but live elsewhere are eligible to vote in Victoria’s 2020 By-Election as a non-resident property elector as long as they own the property as an individual, not as a corporation.

Thus far, Together Victoria, a political slate that endorsed councillor Sarah Potts, Sharmarke Dubow, and former councillor Laurel Collins, has nominated Stefanie Hardman to represent their group in the byelection.

Hardman was one of eight hopefuls seeking the support of the progressive slate whose mission statement is to create “an affordable, inclusive, and thriving Victoria”.

Other contenders running for the vacant seat include UVic Environmental Studies professor Jeremy Caradonna, and Registered Nurse Rachael Montgomery.