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

Port Coquitlam has two advanced voting dates scheduled ahead of the general municipal election on Oct. 15. Here's what you need to know.
Hyde Creek Recreation Centre in Port Coquitlam.

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 Port Coquitlam, local residents will only be voting for the next council as Mayor Brad West was acclaimed — the first occurrence of its kind in city history — as well as School District 43 (SD43) trustees Christine Pollock and Michael Thomas.

That means, eligible voters will need to pick from a list of 18 people looking to earn one of six seats at PoCo city hall. 

How can I vote?

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

Mail ballot

  • Eligible voters must fill out an online application form or apply in-person at their respective city halls to receive a mail ballot
  • Completed mail ballots must be received by the Chief Election Officer before 8 p.m. on Oct. 15
  • The last opportunity to request a mail-in ballot is noon on Oct. 15

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?

Port 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 Port 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?

Port Coquitlam is hosting two 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, PoCo residents can vote at one of nine places, including seven 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 Port Coquitlam's website.

As well, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce (TCCC) is set to host a Port Coquitlam all-candidates debate on Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m. at Riverside Community Church (2329 Fremont Connector).