Vote in the election

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Voting locations

Your Vote Matters

To vote in the election, you must be:

  • a Canadian citizen;
  • 18 years of age or older as of October 15, 2022;
  • a resident of BC for at least 6 months before the day you register to vote;
  • a resident of the City of Kelowna (no minimum amount of time) or a qualified non-resident property elector (must have owned the property for at least 30 days before the day you register to vote); and
  • not disqualified from voting.

You are disqualified from voting if you have been convicted of an indictable offence and are currently in custody or if you have been found guilty of an election offence. 

Eligible voters must produce two pieces of identification to prove both residency and identity. At least one piece of identification must have a signature on it. Your identification does not need to include a photo. Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • BC Driver's Licence*
  • ICBC Vehicle Insurance
  • BC Identification Card 
  • BC Services Card*
  • Citizenship Card
  • City of Kelowna property tax notice
  • Social Insurance Number card
  • Credit card
  • Utility bill for Kelowna residence (electricity, natural gas, water, phone or cable service)

*NOTE: A combination BC Driver's Licence and Services Card counts as only ONE piece of identification

Eligible voters may vote at one of the in-person voting opportunities or by mail ballot. Find out more about voting in local elections and read the Voter's Guide to Local Elections in BC. The City of Kelowna does not  use a voters list. All voters must register at the time of voting.

Advance voting days & locations

Save time and vote at your convenience with advance voting days. Voting locations are open 8 am to 8 pm unless otherwise noted. 

Wednesday October 5

  • Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way

Saturday October 8

  • Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way
  • Dr. Knox Middle School, 121 Drysdale Boulevard
  • Hollywood Road Education Centre, 1040 Hollywood Road South

Wednesday October 12

  • Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way
  • Black Box Theatre, 1375 Water Street*
  • Okanagan College Centre for Learning Atrium, 1000 KLO Road, 8 am to 6 pm
  • UBC Okanagan Nechako Residence, 1255 International Mews, 8 am to 6 pm

Thursday October 13

  • Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way

Friday October 14

  • Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way

* new location for 2022

General voting day locations

Vote on Saturday October 15 at one of 13 locations across the City. All voting locations are open 8 am to 8 pm. 

  • Black Box Theatre, 1375 Water Street*
  • Capital News Centre, 4105 Gordon Drive
  • Dr. Knox Middle School, 121 Drysdale Boulevard
  • East Kelowna Community Hall, 2704 East Kelowna Road
  • Evangel Church, 3261 Gordon Drive
  • Hollywood Road Education Centre, 1040 Hollywood Road South
  • Kelowna Senior Citizens' Society, 1353 Richter Street*
  • Mission Creek Alliance Church, 2091 Springfield Road*
  • Okanagan Mission Community Hall, 4409 Lakeshore Road
  • Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way
  • Rutland Elementary School, 620 Webster Road*
  • Springvalley Middle School, 350 Ziprick Road
  • Watson Road Elementary School, 475 Yates Road

* new location for 2022

Vote by Mail Ballot

New this year, anyone who is eligible to vote in Kelowna may vote by mail ballot instead of an in-person voting opportunity. 

Key dates for mail ballot packages
Application periodFriday, September 2 to Thursday, October 13
Packages mailed

On or around Thursday, September 29

Packages requested on or after Wednesday, October 5 must be picked up at City Hall

In-person pick upOnce available, mail ballot packages can be picked up at the Office of the City Clerk, 2nd floor, City Hall between 8 am and 4 pm Monday to Friday, excluding holidays
Completed mail ballot packagesMust be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 15 (General Voting Day) 

Voters can request a mail ballot package from September 2 to October 13. Packages will be assembled and mailed starting in late September.

We cannot guarantee delivery by mail. We recommend you complete and return your mail ballot as soon as possible. Voters are responsible for making sure the Chief Election Officer receives their completed ballot before or by the deadline of 8 pm on Saturday, October 15. Ballots received after the deadline cannot be counted.  

Requesting a mail ballot package
  • Voters can request a mail ballot package online, by phone or in person starting Friday, September 2
  • Thursday, October 13 is the last day to request a mail ballot package
Distribution of mail ballot packages

Mail ballot packages will be provided to voters as soon as possible after the ballots are printed. We estimate that packages will be available on or around Thursday, September 29.

You can choose one of the following options to receive your mail ballot package:

  • Pick up a mail ballot package in person at the Office of the City Clerk, 2nd floor, City Hall (1435 Water Street)
  • Pre-arrange to have someone else pick up a mail ballot package on their behalf from City Hall
  • Receive a mail ballot package by Canada Post regular mail delivery
  • Arrange, and pay for, a courier service to pick up a mail ballot package from City Hall

Packages must be picked up during regular office hours (8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday except holidays) from City Hall. You must show identification when picking up your package. 

If you designate another person to pick up your mail ballot package, you must indicate this on the application and the designated person must provide identification when picking up the package.

If you wish to arrange and pay for a courier to pick up your mail ballot package, you will need to indicate that on your application.

Any packages requested on or after Wednesday, October 5 must be picked up in-person at City Hall or you must arrange for delivery by courier service.

Return of mail ballot packages

Voters have the option to return their sealed ballot by mail, in-person at City Hall or by courier. It is your responsibility to ensure the Chief Election Officer receives your ballot by 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 15 (General Voting Day). 

Voters who are returning their ballot by mail will need to pay for and affix appropriate postage on the return envelope.

Voters returning their ballot in-person at City Hall (1435 Water Street) can choose one of the following options:

  • Deliver to City Hall during regular office hours (8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday except holidays)
  • Deposit the return envelope into the drop box located at the main entrance to City Hall (off Water Street) at any time until the deadline of 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 15
Non-Resident (Property) Electors

If you do not live in Kelowna but own property here you may be eligible to vote as a non-resident (property) elector.

    Eligibility

    Non-resident (property) electors must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to vote:

    • All the owners are individuals, not corporations, and do not hold their interest in trust for a corporation or another trust; 
    • You are NOT a resident elector of Kelowna; 
    • You are a Canadian citizen; 
    • You are 18 years of age or older as of October 15, 2022; 
    • You have lived in BC for at least 6 months before the day you register to vote; 
    • You have been a registered owner of real property in the City of Kelowna for at least 30 days before the day you register to vote;
    • If applicable, you have written consent of the majority of registered owners for the real property authorizing you to be registered as the non-resident (property) elector for this property; 
    • You have not registered as a non-resident (property) elector in relation to any other parcel of real property in the City of Kelowna; and
    • You are not disqualified from voting.
    Registering to vote

    If you qualify to vote, you will register at a voting location on a voting day. We use voting day only registration and do not maintain a voters list. To register, bring the following documents with you on voting day:

    • Proof of ownership of the property in question, for example, your tax notice, or a certificate of title print out (a utility bill or other similar document is NOT proof of ownership); 
    • If applicable, written consent from a majority of the registered owners stating that you are the one owner of the property who is designated as the non-resident (property) elector for that property; and
    • Two pieces of identification to prove identity, at least one of which must include a signature. Acceptable forms of identification include:
      • BC Driver’s Licence (combination BC Driver’s Licence/BC Services Card count as one piece of ID) 
      • ICBC Vehicle Insurance Documents  
      • BC Identification Card  
      • BC Services Card or Gold CareCard  
      • Citizenship Card 
      • Kelowna Tax Notice 
      • Social Insurance Card 
      • Credit Card 
      • Utility Bill 

    Other forms or identification may be accepted, at the discretion of the Presiding Election Official at the voting place. 

    Property ownership

    The property for which you are registering as a non-resident (property) elector must be owned by individuals only. You are not eligible to vote as a non-resident (property) elector if:

    • the property is registered in a company’s name, or 
    • you are holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust. 
    Joint property ownership

    Only one non-resident (property) elector may vote with respect to each property. If two or more individuals own a single piece of property, the majority of the owners must designate one owner as the non-resident (property) elector for that property. For example, if you co-own the property with one other person, you must get the written consent of the other owner to be the designated non-resident (property) elector for that property. A completed Consent of Registered Owners for Non-Resident Property Elector Registration form must be submitted when registering to vote. 

    If the other owner of the property lives on the property they may qualify as a resident elector because they are a resident of Kelowna. As a non-resident (property) elector, you may also be eligible to vote for that property with the written consent of the other owner. 

    Owning multiple properties

    You may only vote once in an election in Kelowna, no matter how many properties you own. You may, however, vote in elections in different municipalities if you own property there. For example, if you own one property in a first municipality, and a second property in a second municipality, and you live in a third municipality, then you may vote in the first two municipalities as a non-resident (property) elector and vote as a resident elector in the municipality you live in.