The By-election will take place on Saturday, September 25. Join your community in electing one (1) Councillor for Abbotsford City Council.
Frequently Asked Questions
Abbotsford residents who are:
- 18 years of age or older on By-election Day;
- Canadian citizen;
- Resident of British Columbia for at least six months before By-election Day (March 24, 2021);
- Resident of Abbotsford for at least 30 days before By-election Day (August 24, 2021); and
- Not disqualified from voting by any statute or law.
- If you own property in the City of Abbotsford but live outside the boundaries of the City, you may qualify to vote in the Abbotsford City 2021 By-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 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding Statutory Holidays.
- You may also register up to the end of voting on General Voting Day, Saturday, September 25, at any of the Voting Places, or at Abbotsford City Hall, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC, from 8 am to 8 pm Alternatively, you may also register at one of the Advance Voting opportunities on either Wednesday, September 15, 2021, or Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Abbotsford City Hall from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
No. If you are a qualified voter but you are not registered, you may register in advance before Tuesday, August 3, 2021. After this date, you may register on General Voting Day, at an advance voting opportunity, or when requesting a mail ballot. You will need to complete an application and provide proof of residency in the form of 2 pieces of identification.
The City of Abbotsford uses the Province of BC’s Voters List for Elections. Elections BC maintains and updates the Voters List between elections. The Voters List includes your name and residential address, if you are a registered voter.
In accordance with the Local Government Act, the Voters List for the City of Abbotsford will only be available for public inspection in person at City Hall between Tuesday, August 10 and Saturday, September 25, 2021.
To view the Voters List, you will need to make an appointment by calling 604-851-VOTE (8683) and you must sign an official statement that you will only view the Voters List in accordance with the Local Government Act. You may only object to the registration of an elector on the basis that the person has died, or is not qualified to be an elector in Abbotsford. The time during which you may object to the registration of an elector who is on the Voters List is from August 10 to August 20. You will not be able to obtain a copy nor take pictures of the Voters’ List.
As per the Local Government Act, candidates may request a copy of the Voters’ List for election purposes only. When the Voters;’ List is no longer required, the Voters’ List must be destroyed. The Local Government Act provides serious penalties for the misuse of Voters’ Lists.
The Voters List lookup will be available soon.
If you are not on the City of Abbotsford Voter’s List, you may register in person on the day you vote. You will need to complete an application and provide proof of residency in the form of 2 pieces of identification. If you have recently moved, or have changed your name, you may also search by your former address/name.
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 BC Driver's Licence;
- a BC Identification Card;
- a photo BC services card;
- a non-photo BC Services Card;
- an Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence issued by ICBC;
- a BC CareCard or BC Gold CareCard;
- a Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form SDES8, (now "Monthly Form EA181);
- a Social Insurance Number card;
- a Citizenship Card;
- a real property tax notice;
- a credit card or debit card issued by a savings institution; or
- a utility bill issued for the supply of electricity, natural gas, water, telephone services or coaxial cable services.
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.
Voting location information will be available soon.
Two advance voting opportunities will be available from 8 am - 8 pm for your convenience as follows:
- September 15, 2021
- Cascade Community Church 35190 DeLair Road
- Columbia Bible College (Columbia Place / Gymnasium) 2940 Clearbrook Road
- September 18, 2021
- Your assigned Voting Place. Voting locations will be available soon.
Ensure you bring your Voter Notification Card if you have one, and at least two pieces of acceptable identification when you go to vote.
Alternatively, for the first time the City of Abbotsford will be providing Mail Ballot Voting. Scroll below for information regarding requesting a Mail in Ballot.
- September 15, 2021
Mail Ballot Voting Information
- Due to public health orders, all existing voters and new registrants will be able to request a Mail Voting package. The Mail Voting package will include instructions on how to complete and return the mail ballot.
- New registrants must meet eligibility requirements and complete in full a voter registration form, as well as provide 2 pieces of acceptable identification.
- You will need to have someone witness you signing the application. You will need to upload the voter registration form at the same time that you are uploading your pieces of identification. If the voter registration form is incomplete, the mail ballot will not be accepted.
- Non-resident property electors must contact the Elections Office at 604-276-4100 to arrange for a Mail Voting package.
Mail voting package requests will be available soon.
- When you submit your request, you will be required to upload two (2) pieces of identification (either scanned or a picture of the identification) as part of the process.
- If you are unable to submit an online request for a Mail Voting Package, contact the Elections Officer for assistance at 604-851-VOTE (8683). Our phone lines will be open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3 pm.
Important: Once you have requested to Mail Voting Package, you cannot vote at the general or advance voting opportunities.
- Eligible voters will be required to upload identification (ID) when applying online for a mail ballot package. Voters will be required to upload two pieces of ID (which combined includes name, address, date of birth and signature). ID is required to confirm voter identity.
- View the list of acceptable ID.
- It is strongly recommended that the ID(s) be saved on your electronic device before you begin filling out the online form. To upload a piece of identification, scan the document or take a photo with your device.
- Valid image file types include: JPG, JPEG, JFIF, GIF, TIF, TIFF, BMP, PDF, PNG. Please do not upload a picture of yourself and/or a "selfie." Only a picture of your Identification Document will be accepted.
Voters to apply for a mail ballot package online No later than Wednesday, September 22 at 4 pm Elections Office to send out mail ballot packages via mail
Mail ballot package applications submitted by 12 pm on Friday, September 10 will be mailed out to the eligible voter by Tuesday, September 14.
After 12 pm on Friday September 10 all mail ballot packages must be picked up at Abbotsford City Hall. Please refer to the pick-up schedule below.
Voters to return mail ballot package
To return the ballot by mail, the ballot package should be deposited in the mailbox / Post Office by September 17.
After September 17, in order to ensure that your mail ballot package is received by the Elections Office, please return it to the drop box at Abbotsford City Hall at any time up to the close of General Voting Day, Saturday, September 25 at 8 pm.
Note: the City of Abbotsford is not responsible for delays in mail delivery or lost mail.
Elections Office to receive completed mail ballots
Saturday, September 25 by 8 pm - General Voting Day
Late ballots will not be counted. This includes any ballots received on Monday, September 27.
To ensure that your vote is counted, mail the completed mail ballot package by September 17, or drop off the completed mail ballot package at City Hall before 8 pm on General Voting Day, Saturday, September 25.
Important: Once you have requested a mail ballot package, you cannot vote at the general or advance voting opportunities.
- All requests received by 12 noon on Friday, September 10 will be sent a mail ballot package in the mail, unless otherwise requested. If you have submitted your application after that deadline, you will have to pick up your mail ballot package at City Hall.
- Please allow at least 5 business days from when you submitted your application to receive your mail ballot package in the mail.
Please be prepared to show ID when picking up your vote by mail package. If you designated someone else to pick up your vote by mail package on your behalf, that person must present an ID that matches the name you provided when you submitted your mail ballot request. Please follow COVID-19 safety protocols when coming to Abbotsford City Hall.
Date Requested Pick Up Date at City Hall Friday, September 10 after 12 pm to
Thursday, September 16
Saturday, September 18
10 am to 6 pm
Monday, September 20
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Thursday, September 23
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday, September 25
10 am to 12 pm
Friday, September 17 to
Wednesday, September 22 at 4 pm
Thursday, September 23
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday, September 25
10 am to 12 pm
- Before Friday, September 17, you can put the mail ballot package in the mail.
- After Friday, September 17, you must return mail ballot packages to the drop box located at the front doors at Abbotsford City Hall, 32315 South Fraser Way.
The Mail Voting package online application will be available soon.
Once you apply online, you will be provided with a confirmation code. You will not receive a confirmation email, so please keep a copy of this confirmation code as you may need it if you have to contact the Elections Office regarding your application.
Important: Once you have requested to mail ballot package, you cannot vote at the general or advance voting opportunities.
Your personal information is collected solely for the purposes of administering mail ballots for the By-election of September 25. The collection, use and disclosure of your personal information for this purpose is in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act section 26 (c) and the Local Government Act Part 3.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this collection, you may contact the Elections Office at ElectionOffice@abbotsford.ca or 604-851-VOTE (8683) or the City’s FOI/Privacy Coordinator at 604-864-5575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copies of your personal identification are collected and used to confirm your identity when making a mail ballot request and is required to uphold the integrity of the voting process. All pieces of identification which are uploaded are stored electronically on servers which are located in Canada and are only accessible to election staff. These images will be deleted completely shortly after the conclusion of the By-election event on September 25.
This collection and use is in accordance with Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act section 26 (c). If you have any questions or concerns regarding this collection, you may contact the Elections Office at ElectionOffice@abbotsford.ca or 604-851-VOTE (8683) or the City’s FOI/Privacy Coordinator at 604-864-5575 or email@example.com.