2018 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION

Welcome to the City of Campbell River, Local Government Election page. The information provided on this page will be regularly updated as the election approaches. LAST UPDATE JULY 27, 2018

This section will provide you with information and links for the upcoming local government election which will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

This webpage contains information on the following election topics:

CONTACT US

If after reviewing this site you require further election information please feel free to contact either:

Elle Brovold, City Clerk/Chief Election Officer
Telephone: 250-286-5709
Email: elle.brovold@campbellriver.ca or

Tracy Bate, Deputy Chief Election Officer
Telephone: 250-286-5705
Email: tracy.bate@campbellriver.ca

Address: Campbell River City Hall, 301 St. Ann's Road, Campbell River, BC V9W 4C7 Fax: 250-286-5760

GENERAL ELECTION INFORMATION

Local Government Elections are held every four years on the third Saturday of October in accordance with the Local Government Act and Campbell River's Election Bylaw No. 3356. The next local government election will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018 8:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m.

On Election Day the citizens of Campbell River will elect one (1) candidate for the position of Mayor; six (6) candidates for the position of Councillor and will vote for five (5) School Trustee candidates (for information about the School District #72 Trustee election contact the School District).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please visit www.gov.bc.ca/localelections to find useful information about local elections, as well as videos about being an effective elected official intended for prospective candidates and Elections BC for frequently asked questions.

CAMPBELL RIVER VOTING PLACES

The following Campbell River Voting Places will be open on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Community Centre 401 - 11th Avenue
  • Sportsplex - 1800 South Alder Street

ADVANCE AND SPECIAL VOTING OPPORTUNITIES

Advance Voting Opportunities will be provided on Wednesday, October 10th and Wednesday, October 17th at the Campbell River Community Centre from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Advance polls are available to anyone who is eligible to vote.

Special Voting Opportunity will be provided at the Campbell River General Hospital Thursday, October 18th (time to be determined).

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE TO VOTE?

There are two categories of electors for local government elections in the Province of British Columbia: Resident Electors and Non-Resident Property Electors.

Resident Elector

You are qualified to register as a Resident Elector in the City of Campbell River if you meet the following criteria:

  1. You must be 18 years of age or older on or before general voting day;
  2. You must be a Canadian citizen;
  3. You must have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to the day of registration;
  4. You must have been a resident of the City of Campbell River for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration;
  5. You must not be disqualified by an enactment from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Non-Resident Property Elector

If you own property in Campbell River but live elsewhere, you might be eligible to vote in the City of Campbell River general election as a Non-Resident Property Elector, if you meet the following criteria:

  1. You must be an individual who is, or who will be on general voting day, 18 years of age or older;
  2. You must be a Canadian citizen;
  3. You must be a resident of BC for at least six months immediately before the day of registration;
  4. You must be a registered owner of real property in the City of Campbell River for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration;
  5. You must not be eligible to register as a resident elector in the City of Campbell River;
  6. Must only register in relation to one piece of property; and
  7. If more than one person owns the property, only one owner may register and that person must have the written consent of a majority of the other owners. A majority of the owners must complete and sign a Non-Resident Property Elector Consent Form.
  8. You must not be disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Non-Resident Property Electors will be required to fill out an Application to Register by providing proof of ownership of the property (title certificate or current title search); 2 pieces of identification confirming your identity (one of which must contain your signature); and a non-resident property elector consent form of a majority of the registered owners, if there is more than one owner.

Non-resident Property Electors are encouraged to fill out the application and produce the required documentation for the above application at Campbell River city Hall, 301 St. Ann’s Road between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. prior to Friday, October 19, 2018.

NOTE: In accordance with the Local Government Act, the only persons who are registered owners, either as joint tenants or tenants-in-common, are individuals who are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust.

ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE?

The City of Campbell River will be using the most recent Provincial list of voters as our list of registered resident voters which means that if you are registered to vote in the next Provincial election your name will automatically appear on the City of Campbell River’s list. To check the Elections BC website to confirm you are registered, or to update your registration click on the following link:

Register, update or confirm your voter registration On-line now

On-line registrations or updates will need to be made before August 15, 2018 in order for them to appear on the voters list that the Province sends to the City. If your name does not appear on this list you will still be able to register to vote at your voting place on October 20, 2018.

Beginning Tuesday, September 4, 2018, until the close of general voting for the Election, a copy of the list of registered electors will, upon signature, be available for public inspection at Campbell River City Hall between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Mon - Fri (excluding statutory holidays). An elector may request that their address or other information about them be omitted from or obscured on the list of electors.

An objection to the registration of a person whose name appears on the list of registered electors may be made in accordance with the Local Government Act until 4:00 p.m. September 14, 2018. An objection must be in writing and may only be made by a person entitled to be registered as an elector in the City of Campbell River and can only be made on the basis that the person whose name appears has died or is not qualified to be registered as an elector of the City of Campbell River.

HOW TO REGISTER TO VOTE ON ELECTION DAY

Any person who is eligible to vote and is not registered may register On Election Day. When you attend your voting place on Election Day, October 20, 2018 to register and vote, remember to bring at least two pieces of identification confirming your identity and place of residence (one of which must contain your signature); or 2 pieces of identification confirming your identity (one of which must contain your signature) and you will be required to make a solemn declaration as to your place or residence. Acceptable identification includes BC Drivers Licence, BC Identification Card, Social Insurance Card, Passport, BC Care Card (please note the combined drivers licence and care card are one piece of identification), Credit Card, Debit Card, Vehicle Insurance, Birth Certificate, Citizenship Care, property tax notice or utility bill such as hydro, gas, telephone, cable, showing residential address. Picture identification is not necessary. Non-Resident property owners must provide proof of ownership of the property in the form of a Certificate of Title.

MAIL BALLOT VOTING

If you have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects your ability to vote or if you will be away from Campbell River on Election Day during both Advance Voting opportunities occurring on October 10 and 17, you will still have the opportunity to vote using a mail-in ballot. To request a mail ballot voting package, choose one of the following links Mail Ballot Voting Application Package or Non-Resident Mail Ballot Voting Package Application. Fill out the application, sign it and return it using one of the methods of delivery listed on the application. Applications to vote by mail must be received by October 2, 2018. Ballots will be mailed out after the Declaration of Election on September 24, 2018. For your ballot to be counted it is your responsibility to ensure that your completed ballot is received at Campbell River City Hall no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 19, 2018 or delivered to the Presiding Election Official at the Community Centre 401 10 Avenue, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on October 20, 2018.

Information Notice - Voting by Mail

Mail Voting Frequently Asked Questions

CANDIDATE INFORMATION

Qualifications to run for Local Government Office

To qualify as a candidate for local government office, at the time of nomination a person must meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • Canadian Citizen;
  • Resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and
  • Not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office.

Election Guides

Candidates Guide to Local Elections
Elector Organization Guide to Local Government Elections in BC
Guide for Local Elections Third Party Sponsors in B.C.
Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in B.C. for Candidates and their Financial Agents
Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in B.C. for Elector Organizations and their Financial Agents

Election Legislation

Local Government Act
Local Elections Campaign Financing Act
Local Elections Campaign Financing Amendment Act 2017
Financial Disclosure Act
Financial Disclosure Act Reg. 32 2001

Nomination Process

The nomination period begins at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and ends on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Nomination packages are available at City Hall front reception or can be downloaded at the following links:

Nomination Package - Part 1 - Forms to be completed

Nomination Package - Part 2 - Information and Guides

Nominations will not be accepted after 4:00 pm., Friday, September 14, 2018

Those persons unable to deliver nominations in person may mail them or otherwise have them delivered or sent by facsimile to the attention of the Chief Election Officer by the September 14, 2018 deadline to (250) 286-5760. If sent by facsimile, the original must be received by September 21, 2018.

Advertising and Signage

Complete information on election advertising can be found by clicking on Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC for Candidates or by calling Elections BC toll free at 1-855-952-0280.

Political Campaign Signs

Political Campaign Signs are only permitted beginning with the start of the nomination period (September 4, 2018) and shall be removed not later than seven (7) days following the date of election (October 27, 2018) as outlined in the City's Sign Bylaw No. 3309. Election signs are not permitted on City or Provincial Parks or Crown Lands, public waterfront or on road right-of-way medians. Political Campaign Signs may have up to four (4) faces. The Sign Area of any one face shall not exceed 2.97 meters (32 square feet). The Sign shall not exceed 2.13 meters (7 feet) in Height.

ASSISTANCE  WITH VOTING AND CURBSIDE VOTING

If a voter has difficulty reading or writing English, they may bring a translator to assist them in the voting process. The translator must complete a solemn declaration of assistance in order to provide translation assistance.

If you are unable to enter the voting place, you may ask to receive and mark your ballot at a place located outside the voting place (curbside voting). It will be necessary for you to bring someone with you who can advise the election officials that you need help outside the voting place.

If you require help with voting, you may ask the Presiding Election Official (PEO) in charge at the voting place to assist you. You may also bring someone with you to the voting place to help you vote. This person must make a solemn declaration to preserve the secrecy of your ballot, to mark the ballot according to your wishes and to not attempt to influence how you vote.

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