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Voting day is just around the corner!

The City of Victoria has the most candidates running for office both as mayor and city councillor. 

On October 15th, residents of Victoria proper will have the opportunity to vote in one mayor, eight councillors, nine school Trustees (School District 61) and three CRD Directors (of the 18 councillor candidates who have chosen to run)

On September 19th, the city released a helpful voter information guide, in which each candidate had the opportunity to outline who they are, what they stand for and what their priorities for Victoria are.

Related:

Here are the candidates running for Victoria’s mayor and council this election

In the City of Victoria, registered voters were mailed a voting card to bring with them on election day, along with their identification. This will help speed up the voting process. 

However, the voter card does not replace the requirement to provide identification at a voting place.

At your voting place, you will be required to present two pieces of ID, one of which must include your signature. 

If you are unsure of if you are registered to vote or unsure of where your voting place is, you can check that information here.

If you are planning on being out of town on election day, October 15th, advanced voting will begin on Wednesday, October 5th. 

Here is where you can go for advanced polls:

  • Wednesday, October 5th       8 a.m. – 8 p.m.        
    • Victoria City Hall, Centennial Square
  • Friday, October 7th                9 a.m. – 6 p.m.       
    • Our Place, 919 Pandora Avenue
  • Tuesday, October 11th          8 a.m. – 8 p.m.        
    • Victoria City Hall, Centennial Square
  • Tuesday, October 11th          8 a.m. – 4 p.m.       
    • University of Victoria, Student Union Building, 3800 Finnerty Road
  • Wednesday, October 12th     9 a.m. – 6 p.m.       
    • Victoria City Hall, Centennial Square

On October 15th, you’ll need to know which voting place you can go to to cast your vote. There are 13 polling stations in Victoria and all will be made accessible so all Victorians can cast a vote if they choose to do so.

Here’s a list of the places you can vote, if registered:

  • Central Baptist Church – 833 Pandora Avenue
  • Central Middle School – 1280 Fort Street (Accessible voting machine available)
  • Cook Street Village Activity Centre – 380 Cook Street
  • George Jay Elementary School – 1118 Princess Avenue
  • Glenlyon Norfolk School – 781 Richmond Avenue
  • James Bay Community School -140 Oswego Street
  • James Bay New Horizons Centre – 234 Menzies Street
  • Margaret Jenkins Elementary School – 1824 Fairfield Road
  • Oaklands Elementary School – 2827 Belmont Avenue
  • Quadra Elementary School – 3031 Quadra Street
  • Sir James Douglas Elementary School – 401 Moss Street
  • SJ Burnside Education Centre – 498 Cecelia Road
  • Victoria West Elementary School – 750 Front Street

There is also a free Victoria Votes app that puts all the important election information right in the palm of your hand. 

The app has candidate profiles and photos, information on advance voting opportunities, general voting day locations, what you need to know about registering to vote and how to check to see if you’re on the voters list. 

You can download the app for iOS here and for Android here.

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