Vote by Mail in 2022
In the 2022 election, eligible voters can request to vote by mail. This represents a huge expansion in access to voting for New Westminster residents, as well as New Westminster property owners who meet the qualifications for a Non-Resident Property Elector (NRPE).
Click here to view the guidelines and overview of the processes we have created to ensure that voting by mail is safe, secure, and accessible.
2022 KEY DATES FOR MAIL BALLOTS
|Request for Mail Ballot Kits Open||9:00 a.m. August 30, 2022|
|Deadline to apply to receive a ballot by mail||4:30 p.m., Thursday, October 6, 2022|
|Deadline to post a ballot to return it to the Election Office (recommended)||Noon, Tuesday, October 11, 2022|
|Deadline to apply to pick up a ballot||Noon, Wednesday, October 12, 2022|
|Deadline to update missing or to correct ballot kit information||4:30 p.m., Thursday, October 13, 2022|
|Deadline to pick up a ballot at Election Headquarter||4:30 p.m. Thursday, October 13, 2022|
|Deadline to return completed ballot kit to Election Headquarters||8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 15, 2022|
Ballots received after 8 p.m. on October 15, 2022 will not be counted.
To increase transparency, a list of voters whose mail ballot kit requests have been approved will be available for viewing by candidates and their official agents. The list will be updated at noon daily with new requests.
One piece of identification is required to receive a mail ballot kit. You can submit that in the following ways:
- Upload online to the mail-in ballot module when applying. Uploaded copies of identification will be deleted once identity is verified by the Mail Ballot Coordinator; or,
- Email scans or photos of your ID to firstname.lastname@example.org; these emails will be fully erased within 24 business hours of identity confirmation; or,
- Fax your ID to 604-527-4594; faxed items will be securely shredded within 24 business hours of identity confirmation; or,
- Make an appointment with the Election Office to verify your ID in person by emailing email@example.com or calling 778.222.8602. If this option is used, the mail ballot kit will be issued at the same time. 15 to 30 minutes should be allocated for the appointment.
When will I get my mail ballot kit?
Mail ballot kits will be sent out starting the last week of September.
When you complete the online form, you'll receive a tracking link. You'll also get an email once your ballot is approved.
If you applied by phone, you'll receive a confirmation number from Elections Staff which can be used to track your application.
Full instructions will be included in your mail ballot kit in English. Instructions are posted below in simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, French, Korean, and Punjabi.
Registered Voters New Resident Voters New Non-Resident Property Electors Électeur inscrit Nouvel électeur Électeur propriétaire non résident
You can return your mail ballot:
- In person by dropping off at City Hall at the mailbox on the north side (the Queens Avenue side); or
- By mail, using the postage paid envelope.
Note: if you are outside of Canada, you will need additional postage or a courier to return your mail ballot to City Hall.
Ballots received after 8:00 p.m. on October 15, 2022, will not be counted.
You can check the status of your ballot online using the link you received when you applied, or by calling 778.222.8602.
You will need your confirmation number to check the status.
Mail ballot processing will take place starting at noon on General Voting Day (October 15). Ballots received by 8:00 p.m. on General Voting Day will be counted. This involves: opening certification envelopes, opening secrecy envelopes, and running the ballots through tabulators reserved for mail ballots.
In addition, tabulators for the advanced polls and special polls will be stationed in this room for ballot tabulating after 8:00 p.m. on General Voting Day.
Ballots will not be counted until after 8:00 p.m. on General Voting Day.
Ballots received after 8:00 p.m. on October 15, 2022, will not be counted
If your ballot is spoiled or damaged, you can make an appointment with the Election Office by calling 778.222.8602 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When it is time for your appointment, bring your complete original kit and identification. You will receive a new ballot once the damaged one is returned.