2021 LOCAL BY-ELECTION

Welcome to the City of Campbell River, Local Government By-Election page.

This section will provide you with information and links for the upcoming local government by-election which will take place on Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 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 Councillor.

Election Notices

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, Corporate Officer/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

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

The City of Campbell River is committed to delivering a safe and physically distanced by-election during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following public health, Elections BC and WorkSafeBC directives, the City has developed a COVID-19 Safety Plan to make sure the by-election is safe for voters, candidates and election workers.

  • All voting places will have protective measures in place, including physical distancing, capacity limits, hand sanitizing stations, plexiglass protective barriers, election officials wearing personal protective equipment (masks or face-visors), and frequent cleaning of voting stations and frequently touches surfaces.
  • You will be asked to sanitize your hands before and after voting.
  • Pens will be provided for voting and will be sanitized in between use.
  • You will personally feed your marked ballot into an electronic voting machine.
  • Please do your part to vote safely. Follow election officials' instructions and signage in the voting place to maintain physical distancing.
  • You are required to wear a mask when entering the voting location and will not be asked to remove your mask while voting.
  • If you are ill or self-isolating, do not visit a voting place. Request a mail ballot by emailing Legislative Services at elections@campbellriver.ca or calling 250-286-5700.

INFORMATION FOR VOTERS

There are many ways to vote, in person on General Voting Day on Saturday, February 27th at the Sportsplex, and at any of the advance voting opportunities at the Sportsplex and Community Centre.

Curbside voting will be offered at all voting places for those with accessibility concerns. Accessible parking spaces outside each voting place will be designated for curbside voting. Signs will identify the parking spaces and will include a phone number to call. By-election staff will come out to assist voters with voting from their vehicle.

VOTING BY MAIL

Any eligible voter can vote by mail in the City of Campbell River's 2021 By-Election. 

To request a mail ballot click here by February 5th.

LIST OF CANDIDATES

During the nomination period January 12, 2021 to January 22, 2021 City staff will update the list of Candidates. The final list of candidates will be available on Friday, January 29, 2021, after 4 p.m. (which is the last day for a candidate to withdraw). In accordance with the Local Government Act, at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2021, the CEO will declare Election by Voting.

Councillor

BLACKBURN, Ken
SLISKOVIC, Laurel
SMYTH, Sean

ADVANCE VOTING OPPORTUNITIES

The following Advance Voting Opportunities will be provided and are available to anyone who is eligible to vote.

  • February 17th 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sportsplex - 1800 South Alder Street
  • February 24th 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Community Centre - 401 11th Avenue
  • February 25th noon to 7 p.m. Community Centre - 401 11th Avenue
  • February 26th noon to 7 p.m. Community Centre - 401 11th Avenue

GENERAL ELECTION DAY

  • February 27th 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sportsplex - 1800 South Alder Street

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.

At the time of voting, 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 register in advance by submitting the above application and producing the required documentation 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, February 26, 2021.

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 Provincial list of voters as of September 27, 2020 as our list of registered resident voters. If you registered to Vote with Elections BC by September 27, 2020 you will be on the City's voter's list. Any new registrations or changes made after that date will not appear on the City of Campbell River’s list and a new registration will have to be made in person at the poll.

You may call City Hall at 250-286-5700 to check if you are on the voter's list starting January 12th. 

If you are on the Provincial voters list you are not required to register again.

Beginning Tuesday, January 12, 2021, until the close of general voting for the By-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 who name appears on the list of registered electors may be made in accordance with the Local Government Act until 4:00 p.m. January 22, 2021. 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

Any person who is eligible to vote and is not registered may register at the Advance polls or on General Election Day. When you attend the Advance voting place on Feb. 17th, 24th, 25th or 26th or on Election Day, February 27, 2021 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 if you do not have identification confirming your place of residence, bring 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. Please see voter qualifications above and this list of acceptable identification.

COUNTING THE BALLOTS

Voters mark a paper ballot that is processed through an electronic vote tabulator that counts the votes case for each candidate at each poll. Election results are generated by the electronic vote tabulators and the paper ballots are retained in the event that recount is required.

It is expected that the results may take longer than prior years due to an anticipated increase in mail-in ballots and necessary COVID-19 safety precautions taken by elections staff. The unofficial results will be posted as soon as possible following the close of polls on the City's website at www.campbellriver.ca.

The official election results will be declared by the Chief Election Officer at noon on Wednesday, March 3rd and will be made available through media release.

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:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older on or before general voting day;
  • Canadian citizen;
  • Resident of BC for at least six months immediately before the day nominations 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
Guide for Candidates for an election administered during a pandemic
Elector Organization Guide to Local Government Elections in BC
Guide for Local Elections Third Party Sponsors in B.C.
How to Campaign Safely During COVID 19
Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC 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, January 12, 2021 and ends on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Nomination packages 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 p.m., Friday, January 22, 2021

Please note: only 2 nominators are required for Form C2

Those persons unable to deliver nominations in person may mail them or otherwise have them delivered to City Hall or emailed to elections@campbellriver.ca to the attention of the Chief Election Officer by the January 22, 2021 deadline. If sent by email, the original must be received by January 29, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Political Campaign Signs

Political Campaign Signs are only permitted beginning with the start of the nomination period (January 12, 2021) and shall be removed not later than seven (7) days following the date of election (March 6, 2021) as outlined in the City's Sign Bylaw No. 3309. Election signs are not permitted on City of 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. 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • In order to be eligible to vote, must be a resident of BC six months prior to election [as of August 26, 2020]
  • In order to be eligible to vote, must be a resident of Campbell River one month prior to the election [as of January 26, 2021]
  • Nominations packages will be available December 16, 2020
  • Nomination period begins at 9:00 a.m. on January 12, 2021
  • Nomination period ends at 4:00 p.m. on January 22, 2021
  • Declaration of Candidates (press release/website) [4:00 p.m. on January 22, 2021]
  • Deadline for challenge of nominations [4:00 p.m. on January 26, 2021]
  • Deadline for withdrawal of candidates and withdrawal of elector organization endorsement [4:00 pm. on January 29, 2021]
  • Declaration of election by voting (press release/website) [4:00 p.m. on February 1, 2021]
  • Advance Voting Poll - Sportsplex, 1800 South Alder Street
    February 17, 2021 - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Advance Voting Poll - Community Centre, 401 11th Avenue
    February 24, 2021 - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Advance Voting Poll - Community Centre, 401 11th Avenue
    February 25, 2021 - noon to 7 p.m.
  • Advance Voting Poll - Community Centre, 401 11th Avenue
    February 26, 2021 - noon to 7 p.m.
  • Local By-Election Day, Sportsplex, 1800 South Alder Street on Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Official results will be announced at noon on Wednesday, March 3, 2021
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