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Voting guide: How, when and where to cast your 2022 ballot in Coquitlam

Coquitlam has six advanced voting dates scheduled ahead of the general municipal election on Oct. 15. Here's what you need to know.
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Here's everything you need to know about how, when and where to vote in Coquitlam's 2022 municipal election on or before Oct. 15.

Listen, we know you've likely been a bit bombarded with 2022 municipal election stuff the last couple of weeks.

Us as well.

And with so much information to remember ahead of Oct. 15, we wanted to help condense the important dates and items you need to know before casting your ballot.

In Coquitlam, local residents be voting for one mayor, eight city councillors and four trustees on School District 43's (SD43) board of education.

Eligible voters will need to pick from a combined list of 32 people looking to earn one of 13 open positions associated with the local municipality, considered to be one of the fastest-growing in all of Metro Vancouver. 

How can I vote?

There are three ways to cast your ballot in Coquitlam during the 2022 campaign period:

Advance polls

  • Various locations on various dates depending on community (see below for more)
  • These polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

General Voting Day

  • Polls will be open on Oct. 15 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at various locations (see below of more)

Am I eligible?

Coquitlam residents looking to vote in the 2022 municipal election have to meet certain criteria to do so.

They must...

  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Be 18 years of age or older on election day (Oct. 15)
  • Be a B.C. resident for at least six months immediately before the day you register to vote
  • Be a Coquitlam resident

What do I need to vote?

It's required to bring one or more pieces of identification to a polling station that confirms your identity and place of residence, which will ensure your eligibility.

If you're already a registered voter, you'll only need one form of ID.

If you're not registered, you're asked to bring two pieces of ID, including one that must have a signature.

Acceptable documents include the following:

  • BC Care Card
  • BC Driver's Licence
  • BC Identification Card issued by ICBC
  • BC Services Card
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • Birth certificate
  • Credit or debit card
  • Current property tax notice issued by the municipality
  • Social Insurance Card
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status (Status Card)
  • Utility bill (phone, hydro, gas, telephone, cable service, etc.)
  • Valid passport
  • Vehicle insurance documents issued by ICBC
  • Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form SDES8

When and where can I vote?

Coquitlam is hosting six opportunities to cast an early ballot ahead of the civic election, both from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Advance polling stations

On Oct. 15, Coquitlam residents can vote at one of 23 places across the city, including 21 schools, where ballot boxes will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Election Day polling stations

For more information, you can visit the City of Coquitlam's website.

As well, in addition to yesterday's (Sept. 22) all-candidates meeting hosted by the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce (TCCC), a second forum is set to take place next Thursday (Sept. 29).

The Northeast Coquitlam Ratepayers' Association (NECRA) will welcome mayoral and council candidates to Victoria Community Hall from 7 to 9 p.m.