The City’s new app ‘Victoria Votes’ is free and can be downloaded for iOS or Android. (Kristyn Anthony/News staff)

City of Victoria launches voting app

‘Victoria Votes’ compiles candidate profiles, advance polling schedule, voter registration info

To reach and inform prospective voters, the City of Victoria has designed a smartphone app with all the info you need to get to the polls.

The free app is available for iOS and Android systems and includes candidate profiles, automatic reminders for advance and general voting days and their locations, as well as what you need to know about how to register to vote, or how to check if you’re already on the list.

RELATED: ‘We live in an abelist society,’ Victoria candidates debate how to approach accessibility

Incumbent mayor Lisa Helps now faces nine opponents after Rob Duncan announced he was withdrawing his name late last week. At current count, 29 councillors remain in the race for eight council seats.

Less than 40 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot in the 2014 municipal election that saw Helps edge out incumbent Dean Fortin by just 89 votes. Of the estimated 62,743 eligible voters that year, just 24,665 actually ticked ballot boxes, according to Civic Info BC.

RELATED: Advance voting in Saanich tops 1,500 on first day

To date, 1,584 Victoria residents have voted early in this year’s election, up from 1,033 in 2014.

The next opportunity for advance voting is Oct. 15 where residents can vote at city hall from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. On Oct. 17, voters can cast a ballot from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the University of Victoria’s student union building.

RELATED: 40 people aim to be mayor or councillor in Victoria municipal election

On election day, Oct. 20, voters have multiple polling stations available, which are listed on the app or on the City’s website

To download the app, visit the app store on your phone’s operating system or follow the link on


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Province launches lawsuit over Esquimalt sailing incident that killed teen with disabilities

Gabriel Pollard, 16, died from injuries after being dropped from marine lift in 2018

Colwood tops Grumpy Taxpayer$ 2019 Candy Cane Awards

Yearly awards for improved governance go to Colwood, Oak Bay, Victoria

Byelection to replace Victoria councillor set to cost more than $140,000

Staff recommend a smaller election process for March 14

North Saanich Fire Department wins national Movember challenge

Team raises more than urban Edmonton, Toronto firefighters

VIDEO: Kenney lays out key demands for meeting with Trudeau

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney aims for clear signs of federal action on two-day Ottawa trip

First Nations want Big Bar landslide cleared ASAP to allow fish passage

Leadership calling for urgent action and resources to remove obstruction on the Fraser

Assessed value of Lower Mainland homes expected to decrease in 2020

Other areas of province may see modest increases over last year’s values

Chilliwack family’s therapy dog injured in hit and run

Miniature pit bull Fifty’s owner is a single mother facing close to $10,000 in vet bills

Cougar destroyed in Penticton area after mauling dog, killing cat

This is the first reported incident with a cougar this year in the Penticton area

Feds not enforcing standards on Hungarian duck imports, B.C. farmer says

‘You have no way of knowing what’s in the bag’

No reports yet of Canadians affected by New Zealand volcano eruption, feds say

Missing and injured included tourists from the U.S., China, Australia, Britain and Malaysia

Vancouver Island blues musician’s mother’s home burglarized and ransacked

David Gogo’s 71-year-old mother has jewelry and artwork stolen in break-in

Dance cancelled after Alberta teacher’s climate lesson prompts online threats

School district near Red Deer cancelled annual family dance due to Facebook comments

Most Read