Residents of Vancouver Downtown Eastside Voter Registration

The following information is from an announcement distributed by Jeffrey Baergen, Community Engagement Coordinator, Union Gospel Mission.

Elections BC has approved the use of prescription containers (a bottle, box or puffer) to serve as one of the acceptable forms of ID for voting in the upcoming May election.
The rules for identification at the polls are stringent. Every voter needs to produce TWO pieces of ID. Both documents need to contain the voters name and at least one of the documents must also contain the voter’s residential address. Some examples of the types of documents authorized include:

  • A voter card (mailed to recipients who have registered in advance. Any form of Government issued ID (BCDL, BCID, Passport, etc.)
  • A prescription pill bottle, box or inhaler
  • LifeSkills Centre Card
  • Pigeon Park Savings Bank Card
  • Utilities bill (BC hydro, Rogers Cable, etc.)
  • Vancouver School Board or other educational institute report/student cards
  • Hospital bracelets

Permanent address: At the polls, “attesters” from housing organizations (SRO’s/shelters etc.) can sign an “attestation” on behalf of an individual without a permanent address.

Acceptable ID will available free of charge at the LifeSkills Centre (412 E. Cordova) between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm on: May 8, 9, 10, 11, 2013

Advance Polls at Union Gospel Mission
May 8, 9, 10 and 11 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at Maurice McElrae Place, 361 Heatley (Heatley and Hastings)

Voting Place on election day – May 14, 2013: Carnegie Community Centre (401 Main St.)

For more information, contact Peter Walton, District Electoral Officer, Vancouver-Mount Pleasant Electoral District. Phone 604-660-2662; email

For general information about voting in the BC election, including a video on voting for people with disabilities, visit the Elections BC website.