All Oak Bay voters can use mail-in ballots in upcoming municipal elections – Saanich News

Oak Bay Municipal Hall as pictured in May 2021. (File photo from Black Press Media)

All Oak Bay voters can use mail-in ballots in the upcoming municipal election

Details on requesting an absentee ballot in the run-up to the election

Oak Bay voters can vote by mail in the upcoming municipal elections.

The board passed a bylaw to remove restrictions on mail-in ballots at its June 27 meeting. Previously, postal voting was limited to those who were going to be absent on polling days or who were physically unable to vote at a polling station.

“We want to make voting safe and easy for as many voters as possible in Oak Bay,” Chief Electoral Officer Joanna Winter said in a statement. “Voting by mail is another way to exercise your vote for Mayor, Council and Administrator of School District 61.”

Eligible voters should apply for an absentee ballot, which is expected to be released closer to the Oct. 15 election.

Mail-in ballot kits will be distributed by mail or can be picked up at City Hall.

To be counted, absentee ballots must be returned by the end of general voting day.

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Melissa C. Keyes