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2018 General Local Election

The next General Local Election will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Join your community in electing one Mayor and eight Councillors for Abbotsford City Council, and seven School Trustees for Abbotsford School District.

Important Dates
Election Period

January 1, 2018 to September 21, 2018

Nomination Period
September 4, 2018 to September 14, 2018
 
Campaign Period
 
September 22, 2018 to October 20, 2018

Advance Voting Opportunities

October 10 and 13, 2018 8:00am to 8:00pm
General Voting Day
 
October 20, 2018 8:00am to 8:00pm

Financial Disclosure Statement Deadline
 
January 18, 2019

 

Voters

On October 20, 2018, Abbotsford voters will elect:

  • 1 Mayor
  • 8 Councillors
  • 7 School Trustees

Who Can Vote?

Abbotsford residents who are:

  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day;
  • Canadian citizen;
  • Resident of British Columbia for at least six months before Election Day (April 19, 2018);
  • Resident of Abbotsford for at least 30 days before Election Day (September 19, 2018); and
  • Not disqualified from voting by any statute or law.

Scroll below for information regarding Non-Resident Property Electors.

I'm going to be out of town on Election Day. What are my options?

Two Advance Voting opportunities will be available for your convenience, on October 10 and 13, 2018. Both Advance Voting opportunities take place from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Exhibition Park (Ag-Rec Building Main Floor), 32470 Haida Drive, Abbotsford. Ensure you bring your Voter Notification Card if you have one, and at least two pieces of acceptable identification when you go to vote. Please note the City of Abbotsford does not provide for Mail Ballot Voting.

What types of identification must be produced in order to vote?

In all cases, voters must produce at least two (2) documents that provide evidence of identity and place of residence, at least one (1) of which must contain your signature. The classes of documents that may be accepted as evidence for the purposes of Section 57 or 57.1 of the Local Government Act are:

(a) a British Columbia Driver's Licence;
(b) a British Columbia Identification Card within the meaning of the Identification Card Regulation:
     (b.1) a photo BC services card within the meaning of the Identification Card Regulation;
     (b.2) a non-photo BC Services Card within the meaning of the Identification Card Regulation;
(c) an Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence issued by ICBC;
(d) a British Columbia CareCard or British Columbia Gold CareCard;
(e) a Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form SDES8, (now "Monthly Form EA181);
(f) a Social Insurance Number card or confirmation of Social Insurance Number letter issued by the Government of Canada;
(g) a Citizenship Card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada;
(h) a real property tax notice issued under Section 237 of the Community Charter of Section 21 of the Taxation (Rural Area) Act
(i) a credit card or debit card issued by a savings institution as defined in Section 29 of the Interpretation Act; or
(j) a utility bill issued for the supply of electricity, natural gas, water, telephone services or coaxial cable services by:
     (i) a public utility as defined in Section 1 of the Utilities Corporation Act;
     (ii) a gas utility as defined in Section 1 of the Gas Utility Act;
     (iii) a water utility as defined in Section 1 of the Water Act;
     (iv) the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority; or
     (v) a corporation licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for the purposes of supply.

The above listed identification documents must be accepted by election officials. Sections 72(3) and 73(3) of the Local Government Act allow other documents to be accepted at the discretion of the election official. 

What do I do if I have recently changed my name?

Pending the required two pieces of acceptable identification being provided, you may change your name in the system when you go to vote. If you are recently married, it is recommended you bring a copy of your marriage certificate with you when you go to vote.

What if I did not receive a Voter Notification Card? (ie. recently turned 18, missing card, etc.)

If you have not received a Voter Notification Card in the mail, please us the "Find Your Voting Place" tool at abbotsford.ca/election to locate your Voting Place.  You may register to vote at the Advance Voting Opportunities (October 10 or 13), or on General Voting Day (October 20).

 

Where Do I Vote?

Where Do I Vote?

Enter your street number and street name in the address box provided below. Do not include unit numbers if applicable.

Please note: If you have recently moved and did not update your address with Elections BC, your Voting Card may direct you to the Voting Place associated with your former address, if your mail has been forwarded.

If your Voting Place does NOT display below, or you receive an error message, please go to the nearest Voting Place on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Voting Division maps may be viewed online here.

 

Am I on the Voters List?

Am I on the Voters List?

If you are not on the City of Abbotsford Voter’s List, you may register in person on the day you vote.

If you have recently moved, or have changed your name, you may also search by your former address/name.

 

Voter Notification Card FAQs

Voter Notification Card FAQs

The City of Abbotsford compiles its List of Electors based on information provided by Elections BC. Voter Notification Cards are then created based on this information.

What do I do if I have received a Voter Notification Card for someone who is deceased?

Please contact Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683 to provide them with the information so that they may update their database.

What do I do if I have received Voter Notification Cards for previous owners/tenants who no longer reside at my address?

Information obtained by those who vote during this election will be forwarded to Elections BC to update their database for future elections. If you have concerns, please contact Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683.

What do I do if I have recently changed my name?

Pending the required two pieces of acceptable identification being provided, you may change your name in the system when you go to vote. If you are recently married, it is recommended you bring a copy of your marriage certificate with you when you go to vote.

What do I do if my address is incorrect?

If you received a Voter Notification Card, but your address is incorrect, please us the "Find Your Voting Place" tool at abbotsford.ca/election to locate your Voting Place.  You may update your address when you go to vote at the Advance Voting Opportunities (October 10 or 13), or on General Voting Day (October 20).

What if I did not receive a Voter Notification Card? (ie. recently turned 18, missing card, etc.)

If you have not received a Voter Notification Card in the mail, please us the "Find Your Voting Place" tool at abbotsford.ca/election to locate your Voting Place.  You may register to vote at the Advance Voting Opportunities (October 10 or 13), or on General Voting Day (October 20).

Please ensure you have two (2) pieces of valid identification with you.

What types of identification must be produced in order to vote?

In all cases, voters must produce at least two (2) documents that provide evidence of identity and place of residence, at least one (1) of which must contain your signature. The classes of documents that may be accepted as evidence for the purposes of Section 57 or 57.1 of the Local Government Act are:

(a) a British Columbia Driver's Licence;
(b) a British Columbia Identification Card within the meaning of the Identification Card Regulation:
     (b.1) a photo BC services card within the meaning of the Identification Card Regulation;
     (b.2) a non-photo BC Services Card within the meaning of the Identification Card Regulation;
(c) an Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence issued by ICBC;
(d) a British Columbia CareCard or British Columbia Gold CareCard;
(e) a Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form SDES8, (now "Monthly Form EA181);
(f) a Social Insurance Number card or confirmation of Social Insurance Number letter issued by the Government of Canada;
(g) a Citizenship Card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada;
(h) a real property tax notice issued under Section 237 of the Community Charter of Section 21 of the Taxation (Rural Area) Act
(i) a credit card or debit card issued by a savings institution as defined in Section 29 of the Interpretation Act; or
(j) a utility bill issued for the supply of electricity, natural gas, water, telephone services or coaxial cable services by:
     (i) a public utility as defined in Section 1 of the Utilities Corporation Act;
     (ii) a gas utility as defined in Section 1 of the Gas Utility Act;
     (iii) a water utility as defined in Section 1 of the Water Act;
     (iv) the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority; or
     (v) a corporation licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for the purposes of supply.

The above listed identification documents must be accepted by election officials. Sections 72(3) and 73(3) of the Local Government Act allow other documents to be accepted at the discretion of the election official. 

 

Non Resident Property Electors

​If you own property in the City of Abbotsford but reside outside the boundaries of the City, you may qualify to vote in the Abbotsford City 2018 General Local Election.

Non-resident property electors must produce at least two (2) documents that provide evidence of their identity and place of residence, at least one (1) of which must contain their signature.

In addition, proof that non-resident property electors are entitled to register in relation to the property in the City of Abbotsford; and if applicable, written consent from a majority of the other registered owners of the property, will also be required. If there is more than one individual who is the registered owner of the real property, either as joint tenants or tenants in common, only one (1) of those individuals may register as a non-resident property elector in relation to the real property. You may only register as a non-resident property elector in relation to one (1) parcel of real property in the City of Abbotsford.  No corporation is entitled to be registered as an elector or have a representative registered as an elector and no corporation is entitled to vote.

You may register in advance at Abbotsford City Hall, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC, during regular business hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding Statutory Holidays.

You may also register up to the end of voting on General Voting Day, Saturday, October 20, 2018, at any of the Voting Places, or at Abbotsford City Hall, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC, from 8:00 a.m. ton 8:00 p.m. Alternatively, you may also register at one of the Advance Voting opportunities on either Wednesday, October 10, 2018, or Saturday, October 13, 2018, both to be held at Exhibition Park (Ag-Rec Building - Main Floor), from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

Candidates

Declaration of Candidates

Click here to view the Declaration of Candidates for the 2018 General Local Election being held on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Availability of Nomination Documents:

Pursuant to Election Bylaw No. 2814-2018, from the time of the delivery of any nomination documents to the Chief Election Officer, until 30 days after the declaration of the election results, nomination documents will be available for public inspection at Abbotsford City Hall during regular office hours, or may be viewed online.

View the nomination documents for the individuals running for office here.

Election Signage:

Note the City’s Election Sign Bylaw No. 2386-2015 regulates the siting, size and dates for placement of election signs.  Questions regarding the Election Sign Bylaw, 2015 may be directed to the Election Office. 

Financial Disclosures:

All candidates are required to complete a Statement of Disclosure, per the Provincial Financial Disclosure Act and Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. For more information, refer to the Local Elections Guides provided by Elections BC. After the election, candidates and elector organizations must fully disclose individuals or organizations that financed their campaigns, in accordance with applicable legislation.

 

Election Workers

Election Workers Application

Thank you for your interest in working the 2018 General Local Election. The City of Abbotsford relies on over 300 members of the community to help deliver election services.  

Please note we are the process of reviewing applications, and new applications are not being accepted at this time.

Due to the volume of applications received, only successful candidates may be contacted.