Municipal election results attributes

Note: New ballot tabulating machines were introduced for the 2017 By-election. Some data descriptions have been updated to reflect the new tabulating methodology.

  • ADV/Advance: Advance voting location; locations where voters can cast their ballot on the designated days prior to General Voting Day
  • Ballot: A ballot is a medium used to cast votes in an election. At the City of Vancouver there are two ballot types; one for City of Vancouver residents, and one for UBC Lands and UEL residents. City of Vancouver residents are provided a ballot to vote for all races and questions. UBC Lands and UEL residents are provided a ballot that only contains the opportunity to vote for School Trustees.
  • Ballots Cast: The number of ballots cast into a tabulator. This refers to the physical ballot going into the tabulator. This number is different from the number of times cast, which is specific to the race.
  • Ballots Cast - Blank: The number of ballots cast with no votes/selections
  • Ballots Cast (CoV): The number of ballots cast into a tabulator by City of Vancouver electors
  • Ballots Cast Total: The number of ballots cast into a tabulator by City of Vancouver electors and UBC Land and UEL electors
  • Ballots Cast (UBC Lands and UEL): The number of ballots cast into a tabulator by UBC Lands and UEL electors
  • Candidate: A person who is seeking a position in office
  • Councillor: An elected official on City Council. There are ten Councillors on City Council.
  • CoV: City of Vancouver
  • Mail Ballot: Ballots received by mail from eligible voters (see the Vancouver Charter; and the City of Vancouver Election By-Law No. 9070)
  • Mayor: The Mayor is the head and chief executive officer of the municipality. There is one Mayor on City Council.
  • Overvotes: An overvote occurs when a voter selects more than the maximum number of candidates allowed for a race. Overvoted races are not counted. However, all other races on the ballot that are not overvoted are counted.
      • For example, if a voter selects 12 candidates for the Councillor race rather than 10, which is the maximum allowed, an overvote of 1 is recorded for the Councillor race. Overvotes are only counted as one, per race.
  • Park Commissioner: A Park Commissioner is an elected official on the Park Board. There are seven Park Commissioners on the Vancouver Park Board.
  • Race: A competition between candidates. City of Vancouver residents can vote in up to four races. These races can be for Mayor, Council, Park Commissioner or School Trustee. UBC Lands and UEL residents can vote for School Trustee only.
  • Registered Voters (CoV): The total number of City of Vancouver electors who have registered to vote and are on the voters’ list on General Voting Day
  • Registered Voters - Total: The total number of registered voters on the voters’ list including CoV and UBC Lands and UEL electors on General Voting Day
  • Registered Voters (UBC Lands and UEL): The total number of UBC Lands and UEL electors who have registered to vote and are on the voters’ list on General Voting Day
  • School Trustee: A School Trustee is an elected official on the Vancouver School Board. There are nine School Trustees on the Vancouver School Board.
  • SVO: Special Voting Opportunity - special voting opportunities for voters. Location examples include, eligible care home facilities, hospitals, shelters and social service centres (see the Vancouver Charter; and the City of Vancouver Election By-Law No. 9070).
  • Times Cast: The number of times a ballot was cast with a specific race into a tabulator. This number is different from the number of ballots cast, which is specific to the ballot count.
      • For example: If a ballot with both a Councillor race and a School Trustee race is cast into the tabulator, the times cast will be 1 for the Councillor race and 1 for the School Trustee race
      • For example: If a ballot with only the School Trustee race (ballots for UBC Lands and UEL residents only) is cast, the times cast will increase School Trustee count by 1, the Councillor race will count as 0
  • Total Votes: The sum of votes at every voting place
  • UBC Lands and UEL: University of British Columbia (UBC) Lands and the University Endowment Lands (UEL) residents are eligible to vote only for School Trustees
  • Undervotes: An undervote occurs when a voter selects less candidates than the number of positions allowed for the office
      • For example, if a voter selects 8 candidates for the Councillor race rather than 10 as allowed, an undervote of 2 is counted for that race. The 8 candidates selected are counted toward the Councillor race results.
        The formula is: Total Vote For (10) minus Total Voted (8) = Undervote (2)
  • Voting Place ID: Assigned value to identify a voting place
  • Voting Place: The location where voting took place
  • Vote For: The number of positions to fill for a race and the maximum number of vote selection(s) allowed for that race; any votes/selections above or below that number would be denoted as an “overvote” or an “undervote” respectively.
      • For example, if there is 1 vacant Councillor position, there is 1 opportunity to vote for 1 candidate
  • Voters’ List: All registered voters are stored on a voters’ list that is managed by Elections BC. The City of Vancouver uses this list to manage registered voters on voting days.
  • Voter Turnout: Turnout represents the percentage of registered electors who voted

Note:

  • Prior to the 2014 municipal election, the City was divided into Voting Divisions and voters were required to vote at a designated Voting Place within their assigned Voting Division. The assignment was based on place of residence.
  • Citizens can now vote under the Vote-Anywhere model, which allows them to vote at any voting place within the City of Vancouver.

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