Your Voting Plan
See Voting Day Information for tips on the voting process.
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
- Elector Organization
- General Local and School Election
- General Voting Day
- Mail ballot
- Mobile poll
- Unofficial results
- Voter information card
- Voter turnout
- Voters List
- Voting Place
Voters who want to vote before General Voting Day (Saturday, May 29, 2021) may vote at any of the advance voting opportunities.
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 2021 Richmond By-Election, voters will fill in the oval next to the candidate of their choice.
A by-election is an election held to fill a vacancy arising during a government's term of office. The 2021 By-Election will elect one Councillor as a result of a vacancy in November 2020. The new Councillor elected in 2021 will serve along with the other members of Richmond City Council until the next scheduled General Local and School Election on October 15, 2022.
The candidate with the most number of votes by the close of voting, on Saturday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m. will be elected.
A candidate is a person who seeks to be elected to public office. In the 2021 By-Election, there are candidates for Councillor.
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 Election. The Chief Election Officer for the 2021 By-Election is Claudia Jesson.
General Local and School Election
The General Local and School Election refers to the municipal election of Mayor and Councillors, and school election of School Trustees. For the City of Richmond General Local and School Election, electors vote for one Mayor, eight Councillors, and seven School Trustees.
General Voting Day
General Voting Day is the day when all eligible voters in Richmond can vote. General Voting Day is on Saturday, May 29, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and you can vote at any voting location. General Voting Day is also known as Election Day.
Details, including deadlines to apply for a mail ballot and deadlines to return your mail ballot package to the Richmond Elections Office, are currently being finalized and will be updated here shortly.
A Mobile poll is a voting option allowing residents of care homes to vote. The residents in these care homes must meet all voting eligibility requirements. Unfortunately for the 2021 Richmond By-Election, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we will be unable to provide voting opportunities for residents of care facilities. It is recommended that all eligible voters who would otherwise not be able to attend a voting place on any of the Advance Voting Opportunities or on General Voting Day request to vote by Mail Ballot.
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 By-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 2021 Richmond By-Election is from April 13 to 23, 2021.
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, June 2, 2021.
- Is a Canadian citizen;
- is, or will be, at least 18 years old on General Voting Day (Saturday, May 28, 2021);
- has lived in Richmond for at least 30 days prior to registration (April 28, 2021 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 (November 28, 2020 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.
Voter information card
A voter information card is a card sent out by mail to all Richmond residences. The card will include basic voting information such as Advance Voting days and locations and General Voting Day locations. You do not need a voter information card to vote.
Voter turnout refers to the number of registered voters who voted, out of the total number of registered voters. In 2018, Richmond had 48,412 registered voters who voted out of the 131,339 registered voters. The voter turnout was 36.86%.
The City of Richmond uses the Province of BC’s Voters List for 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. For the 2021 Richmond By-Election on General Voting Day (May 29, 2021), all voters may vote at any of the general voting day voting places.