Voter’s Guide to Voting for the 2022 Election in Port Coquitlam


Port Coquitlam has two early voting dates scheduled before the October 15 general municipal election. Here’s what you need to know.

Listen, we know you’ve probably been bombarded with a bit of 2022 municipal election stuff over the past few weeks.

U.S. too.

And with so much information to remember before October 15, we wanted to help you condense the important dates and things you need to know before you vote.

In Port Coquitlam, local residents will only vote for the next council when Mayor Brad West was acclaimed — the first such occurrence in the city’s history — along with School District 43 (SD43) trustees Christine Pollock and Michael Thomas.

This means eligible voters will have to choose from a list of 18 people seeking to win one of six seats in PoCo’s town hall.

How can I vote?

There are three ways to vote in Port Coquitlam during the 2022 election campaign:

Postal voting

  • Eligible voters must complete an online application form or apply in person at their respective town halls to receive an absentee ballot.
  • Completed ballots must be received by the Chief Electoral Officer by 8 p.m. on October 15.
  • The last opportunity to request an absentee ballot is noon on October 15

Advance voting

  • Various locations on different dates depending on the community (see below for more info)
  • These polling stations will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

General polling day

  • Polls will be open October 15 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at various locations (see below for more)

Am I eligible?

Residents of Port Coquitlam who wish to vote in the 2022 municipal elections must meet certain criteria to do so.

They must…

  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Be 18 or older on election day (October 15)
  • Be a resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately before the day you register to vote
  • Be a resident of Port Coquitlam

What do I need to vote?

It is mandatory 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 are already a registered voter, you will only need one piece of identification.

If you are not registered, you are asked to bring two pieces of identification, one of which must bear a signature.

Acceptable documents include the following:

  • BC Care card
  • British Columbia driver’s license
  • BC Identity card issued by ICCB
  • British Columbia Services Card
  • Canadian citizenship card
  • Birth certificate
  • credit or debit card
  • Property tax notice in effect issued by the municipality
  • Social insurance card
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status (status card)
  • Utility bill (phone, electric, gas, phone, cable service, etc.)
  • Valid passport
  • Car insurance documents issued by ICCB
  • Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Continuing Assistance Request Form SDES8

When and where can I vote?

Port Coquitlam is hosting two early voting opportunities ahead of the municipal elections, both from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Advance polling stations

On Oct. 15, PoCo residents will be able to vote at any of nine locations, including seven schools, where ballot boxes will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Polling stations on election day

For more information, you can visit the City of Port Coquitlam website.

Additionally, the Tri-City Chamber of Commerce (TCCC) will host an all-candidates debate in Port Coquitlam on October 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Riverside Community Church (2329 Fremont Connector).


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