Vancouver Election – Accessible Voting Provisions
The City of Vancouver is having an election this October and below you will find all the information required to get ready to vote. Election Day is Saturday, October 20th, 2018, and there will be eight days of advance voting on October 10th to 17th.
Vote by mail applications open
People who are unable to vote in person due to a disability or illness can vote by mail. Applications are now open at https://vancouver.ca/your-government/vote-by-mail.aspx or call 3-1-1.
Printed voters’ guide available at community centres and libraries
Starting September 27, a printed voters’ guide will be available for pick up at Vancouver community centres and libraries. The guide contains all key information about the election, including how and when to vote, the random order candidate list, candidate biographies, and the capital plan questions.
For the first time, versions of the Vancouver voters’ guide are available in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Punjabi, French and large print. An audio version of the guide will also be available on vancouver.ca/vote, reading all voter information except the candidate statements.
Voters’ guides can also be mailed to citizens if they call 3-1-1 or fill out a form at vancouver.ca/voters-guide. Please note all information in the voters’ guide is also available at vancouver.ca/vote.
Plan Your Vote tool available
Starting September 27, the City’s Plan Your Vote tool will be available online, allowing voters to:
- Easily view candidates in alphabetical and random ballot order.
- Pick candidates, a date, and a place to vote.
- Print your plan, or email it to yourself, with candidates displayed in the order that will be shown on the ballot.
- Set a reminder to vote.
- Take your plan to the voting place with you.
The tool has been reviewed and upgraded to increase accessibility for those with visual impairments.
Ballot marking machine available
An accessible ballot marking machine will be available at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre and Killarney Community Centre during advance voting, allowing those who would normally need help to mark their ballots to vote independently.
The machine features:
- Sip-and-puff-, paddle- or other accessibility devices
- Audio instructions and braille markings on paddles and buttons
- Large print or high colour contrast
- Audio and written ballot marking instructions in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Punjabi
New this election
Names listed in random order on the ballot
Candidates will be listed in random order, NOT alphabetical order, on the ballot this year. Every ballot will have the same random order candidate list.
To prepare for the random order list on the ballot, the City recommends the following steps for citizens:
- Plan your vote in advance. The online Plan Your Vote tool is at ca/plan-your-vote or use the worksheet in the voters’ guide.
- Get to know the random order list, so you can mark your ballot correctly. The random order list can be found at ca/vote and in the voters’ guide.
- Leave plenty of time to vote. Consider voting in advance from October 10 to 17, as wait times will be shorter.
More voting access for citizens with disabilities and other vulnerable residents
The city will be providing mobile voting opportunities in 90 facilities from October 9-19 – an increase from 51 locations in 2014. An April bylaw update allowed expansion of the program beyond hospitals and large care facilities to include shelters, social service drop-in centres, and smaller care facilities.
If you have any questions or would like more information on any of the services in this email, please contact Paul Hendren, Election Outreach Lead.