2022 Local Government Elections

2022 Local Government Elections

The 2022 General Local Elections will be held on October 15, 2022.

UPDATED-Sept 27-Notice of Election by Voting

UPDATED- Declaration of Election By Voting

Ministerial Order for nomination documents deadline

Notice of Election by Voting 

VOTER INFORMATION

Top 5 Reasons to Vote

  1. Your local government manages the services you use every day!
  2. You have the ability to influence how services are delivered by actively participating in your local government.
  3. Your good voting habits will influence youth in your household to become future voters. Speak with your kids about the election and why you vote.
  4. Voting is quick and easy! 
  5. The Regional District and School District are an extension of YOU and functions better with the participation of its citizens.

Elector Registration

There is no need to pre-register to vote, as the registration of all electors for the election will take place at the time of voting.

Resident Electors

Resident electors must produce two (2) pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity. Electors must make a declaration stating that you meet the following requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  • Canadian citizen
  • a resident of BC for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the day of registration
  • a resident of the Central Coast Regional District
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

Non-resident Property Electors

Non-resident property electors (NRO) are property owners who own property in the Central Coast Regional District but reside outside of it.  For example, you own a property in Bella Bella but live in Williams Lake.

Non-resident property electors must produce two (2) pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity and proof that they are entitled to register as an elector for this property. 

To register as a non-resident property elector, you must fill out an application form in advance of voting.  For additional information to register to be an NRO, please contact:  Janet Prestley, Chief Election Officer at jprestley@telus.net, Deputy Chief Election Officer Louise Hopkins at clerk@ccrd.ca or Deputy Chief Election Officer Evangeline Hanuse at ehanuse@ccrd.ca.

NRO electors must make a declaration stating that you meet the following requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  • Canadian citizen
  • a resident of BC for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the day of registration
  • a registered owner of real property in the Central Coast Regional District for at least 30 days before voting day
  • only individuals who are registered owners of the property (either as joint tenants or tenants in common) can apply to be an NRO.  A property that has an individual who is holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust or a company are not allowed by legislation to vote.
  • Only one individual can vote on the property as an NRO.  So, if there is more than one individual listed as a registered owner on title, a decision needs to be made as to which property owner will be the elector registering to vote.  Written consent from the majority of the other property owners listed on the property title is required
  • not entitled to register as a resident elector
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

Acceptable Identification

Electors must provide two (2) pieces of identification to vote (at least one with a signature). 

A list of acceptable identification is as follows:

  • BC Driver’s Licence
  • BC Identification Card issued by the Motor Vehicle Branch
  • Owner’s Certificate of insurance and vehicle licence issued by ICBC
  • BC Care Card or BC Gold Care Card
  • 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 real property tax notice
  • A credit or debit card
  • Utility bill issued for the supply of electricity, natural gas, water, telephone or cable services
  • Firearms Acquisition Card
  • Or provide evidence satisfactory to the Election Official

Driver’s Licence and Medical Services Plan that are on one card is considered one piece of ID.

Mail Ballot Voting

All electors can apply to have a mail ballot sent to them rather than going to a polling station on voting day.  This type of voting allows electors in remote areas to cast a ballot without having to leave their community.

To apply for a mail ballot, the elector needs to submit a request to the Chief Election Officer or one of the Deputy Chief Election Officers.  An application form can be found on the CCRD website and can be submitted by fax, mail or email.  Another alternative is to contact the CCRD office at (250) 799-5291 and request a mail ballot.

Mail ballot applications can be requested between 8:30 am on Thursday, September 15 and 4:00 pm on Thursday, October 13, 2022.

Please note that it is the elector’s responsibility to ensure that the mail ballot package is received by the Chief Election Officer by 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 15 for it to be counted.

Counting the Ballots

Voters mark a paper ballot that is placed in a ballot box. Election results are manually counted at the close of polls (after 8 pm on General Voting Day, Saturday, October 15, 2022).  The paper ballots are retained if a recount is required.

Final election results will be available on the CCRD’s website at https://www.ccrd.ca/ and CivicInfo’s website at https://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/election after the polls are closed on General Voting Day.