Mail Ballot Voting

Qualified electors may vote by mail if they:

  • have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote, OR,
  • expect to be absent from the City of Nanaimo on General Voting Day (Saturday, October 20, 2018) and at the times of all Advance Voting Opportunities (October 10 and October 17, 2018).


Applications may be obtained either in person from the Legislative Services Department at 455 Wallace Street, by email at, or by downloading the Application to Vote By Mail form.

Applications may be submitted: in person, by mail (Legislative Services Department at 455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 5J6), by fax to 250‑755-4435, or scanned and emailed to  Upon receipt of a complete application, your name will be added to the list for mail ballot packages.  A mail ballot package will be mailed to you as soon as possible after September 26, 2018.

If you are applying for a mail ballot package after September 26, 2018, please contact the Chief Election Officer at 250-755-4405 as special arrangements may be necessary due to time constraints.  Applications will not be accepted after 4:00 pm on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

Eligibility to Vote

To vote by mail a person must meet all voting requirements for voting in a municipal election as a resident elector or as a non-resident property elector as of the date the mail ballot is completed and posted.

You must:

  • be on the List of Registered Electors in order to vote by mail or
  • apply to register to vote in conjunction with submission of the mail ballot, in which case you must complete the necessary registration application that is part of the mail ballot package.

Important Deadline

It is your responsibility to post the mail ballot addressed to the Chief Election Officer in sufficient time for delivery to the Legislative Services Department at City Hall by 4:30 pm on Friday, October 19, 2018.


As provided in the Local Government Act, a mail ballot must be hand delivered to the Presiding Election Official before the close of voting on General Voting Day (Saturday, October 20, 2018) at the City of Nanaimo Service & Resource Centre Voting Place, 411 Dunsmuir Street, Nanaimo, BC in order to be counted for the election. 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on these matters and the 2018 General Local Election, please visit the 2018 Elections page on the City of Nanaimo’s website at, or contact the Chief Election Officer, Sheila Gurrie, or the Deputy Chief Election Officer, Sky Snelgrove at 250-755-4405 or email



Last updated: August 22, 2018

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