September 16, 2022
I am writing to you to gain better understanding of polling stations and voter equity. I am resident of Victoria, British Columbia. As with all cities across the province, we are actively engaged in a municipal election.
While reviewing the city’s list of voting opportunities, I noted that the City of Victoria has a established five advanced polling station; 4 in Victoria and one in Saanich, a neighbouring community.
- Wed Oct 5, Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Square, Victoria BC
- Fri Oct 7, Our Place, 919 Pandora Avenue
- Tues Oct 11, Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Square, Victoria BC
- Tues Oct 11, University of Victoria, Student Union Building, 3800 Finnerty Road, Saanich BC
- Wed Oct 12, Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Square, Victoria BC
My understanding from your website is that advanced polling stations are for all eligible voters. When I review the list however, I can’t help but note the advanced polling station outside of Victoria. My understanding is that the City of Victoria established this polling station to increase voter turnout amongst youth at the local university, which is great, however I see little to no effort on the part of the City to increase voter turnout amongst people living with disabilities, specifically those who have very limited mobility and are in long-term care homes. I am concerned that voters are not being treated equitably.
With kindness, I would appreciate you reviewing this with your team and sharing your thoughts with me as soon as possible.