Voter Eligibility

Voter eligibility is governed by the Local Government Act.

There are two types of voters.  To vote for Mayor and Councillor you must either be a Resident Elector or a Non-Resident Property Elector.

Are you eligible to vote?

  • Resident Electors

  • Non-Resident Property Electors

Register to Vote

Notice of Advance Elector Registration

The City of Nanaimo uses the Provincial Voters List. If you are not sure if you are registered to vote, please check and register by August 16th through Elections BC's online registration system.  After August 16th, eligible electors can register at time of voting at any City of Nanaimo Voting Location.

To register at time of voting a person must provide at least 2 pieces of identification, with at least 1 which includes the person’s signature.  ID should prove residency within the City of Nanaimo.

Acceptable documentation of identification includes the following items (among other items): 

  • BC Drivers Licence
  • BC Identification Card
  • BC Care Card or BC Gold Care Card
  • BC Services Card with or without a photo
  • Vehicle insurance papers
  • Social Insurance Number Card
  • Citizenship Card
  • Property tax notice
  • Credit card or debit card
  • Utility bill

NOTE:  If the Drivers Licence and the Care Card are combined, then this document only counts as 1 piece of identification and the elector will have to provide another piece of identification.

Last updated: August 4, 2022

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