Your Voting Plan
Check if you are already registered to vote.
Use the Am I on the Voters List? tool at richmond.ca/elections or in the 2018 Richmond Election app. If you're not registered, you can register when you vote by bringing two pieces of ID. Have a look at the list of acceptable IDs.
Find out where and when to vote.
Learn more about advance voting opportunities, mail ballots, and General Voting Day (Saturday, October 20). To find out where to vote on General Voting Day, use the Where do I vote? tool at richmond.ca/elections, check the 2018 Richmond Election app (available on Apple and Android devices), or see your voter card (you may receive one in mid-September).
Review the candidates' profiles.
Candidate profiles are statements written by each candidate, and are now available online, in the Voter's Guide, or in the 2018 Richmond Election app.
Encourage your friends and family to vote.
Share election information with them and discuss your views. If your friends and family see you voting, they are more likely to vote. Make sure to pick up an "I Voted" sticker after you vote, and share your experiences with your friend, family and the rest of Richmond (use the hashtag #rmdelxn)! You may take selfies outside of the voting place. However, please do not record anything (photo, audio, video) inside the voting place to respect everyone's privacy, as well as the election process.
You may bring a list of the candidates you intend to vote for on a piece of paper, check the 2018 Richmond Election app (available on Apple and Android devices in late August 2018), or view richmond.ca/elections at the voting place using your mobile device.
Find out the election results.
After 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, find out whom Richmond voters have democratically elected to serve in office for the next four years via the 2018 Richmond Election app (available on Apple and Android devices in late August 2018) or at richmond.ca/elections.
Marking the Ballot
At the voting place, you will receive a ballot where you can vote for the following offices:
- Mayor (up to one)
- Councillor (up to eight)
- School Trustee (up to seven)
To vote, fill in the oval beside your choice(s).
List of common election-related words
Below are a list of words that may be helpful to know if you're voting for the first time in the Richmond Election.
- Advance voting
- Chief Election Officer
- Designated voting place
- Elector Organization
- General Local and School Election
- General Voting Day
- Mail ballot
- Mobile poll
- Unofficial results
- Voter card
- Voter turnout
- Voters List
- Voting Place
A ballot is a piece of paper provided at the time of voting that lists the names of the candidates, their elector organizations/political parties, and a spot where voters can indicate their preferred candidate(s). In the 2018 Richmond Election, voters will fill in the oval next to the candidate(s) of their choice.
Chief Election Officer
The Chief Election Officer is the independent officer who works for the City of Richmond and is in charge of overseeing and administering the General Local and School Election. The Chief Election Officer for the 2018 Richmond Election is David Weber.
Designated voting place
A designated voting place is a place in your neighbourhood where you can vote on General Voting Day, October 20, 2018. This place is chosen based on the number of voters in an area, and what is conveniently located near a voter’s address. Find your designated voting place.
An election is a way for voters to choose individuals who will make decisions and govern on their behalf at the local government level, and for the school district. In the 2018 Richmond Election, voters will choose a Mayor, eight Councillors for the City of Richmond, and seven School Trustees for the Richmond Board of Education.
All elected officials will serve in office for the next four years. Candidates with the most number of votes by the close of voting, on Saturday, October 20 at 8:00 p.m. will be elected.
General Voting Day
General Voting Day is the day when all eligible voters in Richmond can vote. General Voting Day is on Saturday, October 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and you can vote at your designated voting place. General Voting Day is also known as Election Day.
A mail ballot is a voting option for those who will be away on all voting days (Oct 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 20), or have a physical disability; illness; and/or injury that will affect their ability to vote in person. Those who wish to vote by mail ballot may request a mail ballot no later than Saturday, October 20 at 4:00 p.m. Any ballots cast through the mail ballot process must be returned to the Chief Election Officer no later than 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018 in order to be counted. It is the voter’s responsibility to ensure that their ballot has been provided to the Chief Election Officer by the deadline noted.
Non-partisan means not supported or controlled by an elector organization or political party, special interest group, or others. The Richmond Elections Office is a non-partisan office that administers the General Local and School Election.
A nomination refers to the process of selecting or putting forward a candidate for election to a public office. The nomination period for the 2018 Richmond Election is from September 4 to 14, 2018.
Unofficial results are preliminary results based on the votes counted on General Voting Day after 8:00 p.m. Results are considered unofficial until all votes are counted, and may take several days. The Chief Election Officer must declare the official results by Wednesday, October 24, 2018.
- Is a Canadian citizen;
- is, or will be, at least 18 years old on General Voting Day (Saturday, October 20, 2018);has lived in Richmond for at least 30 days prior to registration (September 19, 2018 is the last day to meet local residency requirement if registering on General Voting Day)
- has lived in BC for at least six months prior to registration (April 19, 2018 is the last day to meet residency requirement if registering on General Voting Day); and
- are not disqualified from voting by law.
Voters may also be non-resident property electors. Voters are also known as electors.
A voter card is a card sent out by mail to each individual who is registered to vote. The card will include basic voting information such as a voter’s designated voting place on General Voting Day, October 20, 2018. Voter cards are sent to registered Richmond voters in late September. Eligible voters who do not receive a voter card may register to vote at the time of voting. You do not need a voter card to vote.
Voter turnout refers to the number of registered voters who voted, out of the total number of registered voters. In 2014, Richmond had 40,245 registered voters who voted out of the 122,320 registered voters. The voter turnout was 32.4%.
The City of Richmond uses the Province of BC’s Voters List for General Local and School Elections. Elections BC maintains and updates the Voters List between elections. The Voters List includes a voters’ name and residential address for those who are registered voters.
A voting place is where you will be voting. During advance voting days, all voters may vote at any of the advance voting places. On General Voting Day (October 20), voters must vote at their designated voting place.