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Notice of Referendum – Cortes Island First Responder Service

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given to the electors of Electoral Area B (Cortes Island) that voting will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 on the following question:

Are you in favour of the Regional District preparing a bylaw to establish a first responder service for Cortes Island on the condition that the bylaw would require he approval of the electors before it is adopted? Yes or No?

General Voting Day Information 

On general voting day, Saturday, October 20, 2018, polls will be open to qualified electors between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Klahoose Community Centre, 1730 Tork Road, Squirrel Cove
  • Manson’s Community Hall, Beasley Road, Manson’s Landing
  • Gorge Hall, 1375 Robertson Road, Cortes Island
  • Strathcona Regional District office, 990 Cedar Street, Campbell River

Qualified electors may vote at the polling location of their choice but may not vote more than once.

Advance Voting Opportunities

Advance voting opportunities for the referendum are available as follows:

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 18, 2018 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Both of the advance voting opportunities will be held at the Strathcona Regional District office located at 990 Cedar Street, Campbell River, B.C.

Mail Ballot Voting

Mail ballot voting is available to qualified electors 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, or
  • reside on the mainland of British Columbia or on any island except for Cortes Island, Quadra Island or Vancouver Island.

Applications for mail ballots in the prescribed form will be received by the Chief Election Officer until 4:30 p.m.on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.  Mail ballots must be received by the Chief Election Officer before the close of voting on Saturday, October 20, 2018 in order to be counted and included in the referendum results.

Scrutineers

Applications to volunteer as a voting scrutineer in connection with this referendum will be received by the Chief Election Officer from 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018. Not more than one scrutineer in favour of the question and one scrutineer opposed to the question will be appointed for each voting location or voting opportunity. The only persons who may be appointed as scrutineers for this referendum are those persons who qualify as electors for Electoral Area B (Cortes Island) except for those persons who are election officials or candidates for a concurrent election. Application forms to volunteer as a voting scrutineer may be obtained by mail or in person from the office of the Regional District during normal business hours or downloaded here:

Resident Elector Registration

Persons who are registered to vote as electors for Electoral Area B (Cortes Island) will be automatically registered to vote in this referendum.  Those residents who qualify as electors but are not currently registered to vote may register at any voting opportunity, advance voting opportunity, special voting opportunity or in conjunction with mail balloting.  To register as a resident elector a person must meet the following qualifications:

  • Canadian Citizen;
  • 18 years of age or older on October 20, 2018;
  • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months at the time of registration;
  • resident of Electoral Area B (Cortes Island) for at least 30 days immediately preceding voting day, and
  • not otherwise disqualified from voting.

Instruction and application info can be found here:

Non-Resident Property Elector Registration

Non-residents who own real property within Electoral Area B (Cortes Island) may be able to register as a non-resident property electors for this referendum.  To register as a non-resident property elector, a person must meet the following qualifications:

  • not eligible to register as resident elector for Electoral Area B (Cortes Island);
  • 18 years of age or older on October 20, 2018;
  • Canadian Citizen;
  • resident of BC for at least 6 months at the time of registration;
  • registered owner of real property within Electoral Area B (Cortes Island) for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration;
  • not otherwise disqualified from voting.

If more that one person is registered as an owner of the property the person wishing to cast the vote for that property must provide, at the time of registration, written consent from a majority of the property owners.

Non-resident property electors may not vote more than once within a voting jurisdiction regardless of the number of properties owned.

Voter Identification

Persons seeking registration as an elector at the time of voting will be required to produce two (2) pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The documentation must provide evidence of both residency and identity.

Classes of documents that may be accepted as evidence of identification and residency are a British Columbia Driver’s Licence, a British Columbia ID card, a British Columbia Services Card, an ICBC Owner’s Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence, a British Columbia CareCard or GoldCareCard, a Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form SDES8, a Social Insurance Card, a Citizenship Card, a real property tax notice, a credit card, debit card, or a utility bill.

Persons wishing to register as non-resident property electors will also be required to produce documentation that confirms their entitlement to vote for property that they own.  Documents that will be accepted include a current State of Title certificate or property tax notice.

Further information on the foregoing may be obtained by contacting Thomas Yates, Chief Election Officer or Edith Watson, Deputy Chief Election Officer at elections@srd.ca