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Local Government Elections – Frequently Asked Questions

On Saturday, October 20, 2018 (general voting day) voters in British Columbia will elect mayors, councillors, electoral area directors, school trustees and others to fill 4 year terms on municipal councils, regional district boards, school boards and other public organizations. The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) will be conducting the following elections to fill positions on the Regional District Board of Directors:

  • SRD director for Electoral Area A (Kyuquot/Nootka-Sayward) – one position
  • SRD director for Electoral Area B (Cortes Island) – one position
  • SRD director for Electoral Area C (Discovery Islands-Mainland Inlets) – one position
  • SRD director for Electoral Area D (Oyster Bay-Buttle Lake) – one position

The information which follows applies to the elections listed above. If you have questions regarding elections for School District No. 72 (Campbell River) trustees, or for the municipal councils in Campbell River, Gold River, Sayward, Tahsis or Zeballos please contact the appropriate election officials listed at the end of this page.

How can I become a candidate for a local public office?

Persons interested in running for office will need to file nomination papers with the Chief Election Officer between 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018. Nominations must be made by at least 2 qualified electors of the voting jurisdiction and must be accompanied by other documents including a written disclosure as required by the Financial Disclosure Act

What is the term of office for candidates elected on general voting day?

The term of office for persons elected to office on general voting day will expire in November of 2022.

What are the qualifications required for being a candidate in an election?

In order to be nominated for a local public office a person must be a Canadian citizen at least 18 years old on general voting day, and must have lived in British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately preceding the filing of nomination papers. Persons disqualified from being nominated include judges of the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court or Provincial Court and some local government employees. Other persons may be disqualified under a variety of Federal and Provincial statutes.

Who can vote in a local election?

The only persons permitted to vote in a local election are those persons who:

  • are Canadian citizens;
  • are at least 18 years of age at the time of voting;
  • have resided in British Columbia for 6 consecutive months immediately prior to seeking registration as an elector;
  • have either resided or owned property in the voting jurisdiction for 30 days prior to registration;
  • are not under sentence for an indictable offence or currently in custody or in prison;
  • have not been found guilty of an election offence; and
  • have not been disqualifed under the Local Government Act or any law in force in British Columbia.

How do I qualify to vote as a non-resident property elector?

Property owners who do not qualify as resident electors may be able register to vote as non-resident property electors by applying to the Chief Election Officer or other authorized election official. The following rules apply to non-resident property electors:

  • are a Canadian citizens;
  • will be at least 18 years of age at the time of voting;
  • have resided in British Columbia for 6 consecutive months immediately prior to seeking registration as an elector;
  • not able to qualify as a resident elector but otherwise fully qualify as an elector;
  • must have been a registered owner of real property in the voting jurisdiction for 30 days immediately prior to registration; and
  • if the property in question has multiple owners, must have the written consent of a majority of the owners in order to be registered.
  • If a non-resident property elector owns more than one property within a voting jurisdiction they must choose, together with any co-owners, which property each of them will use for voting registration purposes.

How do I know if I’m registered to vote in an upcoming election?

The Provincial voters list will become the register of resident and non-resident electors for the Strathcona Regional District electoral areas on August 29, 2018. If you are registered with Elections BC to vote in Provincial elections (or other Provincial voting initiatives) when the voters list becomes the register of resident electors you will not have to register again to vote in a Regional District election. Individuals can check their status as a registered voter by phoning Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683 or visiting the Elections BC registration desk at http://www.elections.bc.ca. If you are not able to qualify as a resident elector but qualify as a non-resident property elector you will need to register with the SRD in advance or on voting day in order to vote.

Can I register as an elector on general voting day?

Yes, persons who qualify as resident electors or non-resident property electors can register to vote on general voting day between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. or at any advance voting opportunity or other voting opportunity. In order to be registered to vote, individuals will need to provide 2 pieces of documentation that provide evidence of their identity and place of residence.

What identification will be acceptable?

The following documents are acceptable for voter registration purposes:

  • BC Driver’s Licence;
  • BC Identification Card issued by the Motor Vehicle Branch;
    an Owner’s Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence issued by ICBC;
  • a BC CareCard or BC Gold CareCard;
  • a Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form SDES8;
  • a Social Insurance Card issued by Human Resources Development Canada;
  • a Citizenship Card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada;
  • a Tax Notice;
  • a credit card or debit card;
  • a Firearm Permit; and
  • a utility bill such as a hydro bill, telephone bill, natural gas bill, water bill or cable bill, showing residential address.

Can I vote in an election if I’m away from the area on voting day?

The Strathcona Regional District permits elector registration and voting to be done by mail ballot. Mail balloting is restricted to persons who:

  • have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity,
    expect to be absent from the Regional District on general voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities,
  • reside on any island except for Cortes Island, Quadra Island or Vancouver Island, or
  • reside on the mainland of British Columbia.

Mail ballots must be received by the Chief Election Officer before the close of voting on general voting day in order to be counted in the voting results.

When will voting take place?

General voting day within the Strathcona Regional District will occur on Saturday, October 20, 2018 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. In addition, advance voting opportunities have been scheduled for Wednesday, October 10, 2018 and Thursday, October 18, 2018. A Special Voting Opportunity will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Campbell River & District General Hospital. Only those qualified electors who are admitted as a patient of the Campbell River & District General Hospital are eligible to vote at this special voting opportunity.

Where do I go to vote?

Voting locations will be determined for electoral area elections once the need for an election by voting has been confirmed. At that time the links below will be activated with the appropriate information.

Where can I get more information about local elections scheduled for 2018 within the Strathcona Regional District?

The following information is provided to assist individuals wishing to contact election officials for the various municipal and school district organizations within the Strathcona Regional District:

City of Campbell River Elle Brovoud, Chief Election Officer 250-286-5709
Village of Gold River Sue Rich, Chief Election Officer 250-283-2202
Village of Sayward Bill Halstead, Chief Election Officer 250-282-5512
Village of Tahsis Janet St. Denis, Chief Election Officer 250-934-6344
Village of Zeballos Eileen Lovestrom, Chief Election Officer 250-761-4229
Strathcona Regional District & School District No. 72 (Campbell River) Tom Yates, Chief Election Officer 250-830-6704
School District No. 84 Annie McDowell, Chief Election Officer 250-283-2241