Mail Ballot Voting Opportunity

Vote by mail

For the first time in a Burnaby Local Government Election, all eligible voters will be able to apply to vote by mail ballot.

Starting September 1 from 8 am until October 6 at noon you can apply to vote by mail.

The deadline to return completed mail ballots is 8 pm on October 15, 2022.

How to apply

Apply for a mail ballot package

Watch the video below to learn about the mail ballot application process. 

Questions and answers

There are 3 ways to receive an application package:

  1. Apply online or complete a paper application.
  2. Contact the Burnaby Election Office and request an application be mailed to you before October 6 at noon.
  3. Pick up an application package at Christine Sinclair Community Centre, Burnaby City Hall, any Burnaby Public Library or W.A.C. Bennet Library at SFU. 

Mail ballot packages will be available for pick up or sent out by mail starting at 8:30 am on September 24. The last day a mail ballot package will be mailed out is October 6 to ensure time for delivery before the completed mail ballot must be returned.

Completed mail ballots must be returned to the Election Office by 8 pm on October 15. Post marks will not be accepted. Mail ballots arriving after 8 pm on October 15 will not be counted.

 

  • instruction letter
  • list of acceptable identification
  • mail ballot application
  • form to register as an elector
  • form to register as a non-resident property elector
  • non-resident property elector consent form
  • envelope for returning completed documents

Once the application has been completed, returned and approved, you may obtain your mail ballot package by:

  • having it mailed to your residential address
  • picking it up in person at Christine Sinclair Community Centre (3713 Kensington Avenue)
  • having a designated person pick it up on your behalf (two pieces of acceptable ID will be required)

  • instructions for completing the mail ballot package
  • a mail ballot
  • a secrecy envelope for returning the ballot (envelope A)
  • a certification envelope (envelope B) for returning the secrecy envelope (envelope A)
  • an outer envelope (envelope C) for returning everything to the election office
  • a booklet of forms in the event a voter requires assistance with translation services or assistance with completing the ballot (forms are provided for convenience and may be recycled if not used)

  1. Complete your ballot using a black pen or marker to fill in the oval next to the name of the candidate(s) of your choice. Be careful not to have any smudge marks on the ballot. Re-fold the completed ballot and place it in the secrecy envelope (envelope A) and seal the envelope. Over voted ballots will not be counted. Ensure you are only voting for the correct number of candidates.
    You are voting for:
    • one mayor 
    • eight (or less) councillors 
    • seven (or less) school trustees
    • yes or no to any assent voting questions
  2. Complete and sign the certification envelope (envelope B). Place the secrecy envelope (envelope A) inside envelope B and seal envelope B. Your ballot will not be counted if envelope B is not completed and signed.
  3. Place the certification envelope (envelope B) along with any forms you may have completed into the outer envelope (envelope C), seal envelope C and return it to the Burnaby Election Office.
  4. Completed outer envelope (envelope C) may be returned:
    • in person to the Burnaby Election Office, Christine Sinclair Community Center, 3713 Kensington Avenue (Monday-Friday, 8 am to 4:45 pm)
    • by mail to Burnaby Election Office, Christine Sinclair Community Center, 3713 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5B 0A7
    • deposited in the designated mail ballot box at any Burnaby Public Library during regular library hours from September 24, 2022 to October 15, 2022
    • deposited in the designated mail ballot box at the W.A.C. Bennet Library at SFU during regular library hours from September 24, 2022 to October 15, 2022
    • deposited in the designated mail ballot box at any voting location on October 1, 5, 8 or 15, 2022 between 8 am to 8 pm

If you are not on the Provincial Voters List, you must complete an Application for Registration as a Local Government Resident Elector form. The registration form will be provided in the mail ballot application package. Submit the completed registration form and a copy of two pieces of identification with your application for a mail ballot.

If you qualify as a Non-Resident Property Elector, you must complete the appropriate forms that will be provided in the mail ballot application package.

Please note: It is the responsibility of the voter to ensure their completed mail ballot is submitted by 8 pm on Saturday, October 15, 2022. If you are returning your mail ballot by mail ensure you allow enough time for Canada Post to deliver it prior to the deadline.

Mail ballot packages received after 8 pm on October 15, 2022 will not be counted. Post marks will not be considered valid for return of completed ballots.
 

Have questions?

Election Office 

[email protected] 
Phone: 604-294-7088

Chief Election Officer: Lynne Axford
Deputy Chief Election Officer: Samantha Thompson

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