How Do I Vote?
Qualifications for Voting
You can vote in the local elections if you:
- are a Canadian citizen;
- will be 18 years of age or older on October 20, 2018;
- have been a resident of BC at least 6 months before voting day;
- have been resident elector or non-resident property elector in the applicable electoral area or school district for at least 30 days before voting day;
- have not been disqualified from voting.
Corporations are not entitled to vote.
Resident Elector: A person who usually lives in the jurisdiction and intends to return there whenever absent. You can only be a resident of one area at a time. For example, if you vote in a municipality as a resident, you cannot also vote in another municipality or regional district area as a resident. (You may be eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector).
Resident Elector Qualifications, ID Requirements and Rules for Determining Residency
Non-Resident Property Elector (NRPE): A person who is not a resident of a jurisdiction, but owns property there. NRPEs may be eligible to vote if they:
- are not entitled to vote as a resident in the electoral area or in the entire school district;
- have been a registered owner of real property in the electoral area or school district for at least 30 days;
NEW for Cultus Lake Park Leaseholders: Due to recent legislative changes, non residents who hold a lease for a building site for a period not exceeding 21 years are now entitled to vote as non-resident property electors if all other requirements are met.
The following rules also apply to NRPEs:
- you can only vote in relation to one parcel of real property in the electoral area or school district;
- only one owner per property is entitled to vote on behalf of that property;
- if more than one person is on title to the property, you must have written consent from the majority of owners to vote on behalf of the property (NRPE consent form );
- if a corporation owns a property, in part or in whole, none of the owners may vote as NRPEs;
Registering to Vote
Electors register at the voting place at the time of voting only, and must bring 2 separate pieces of identification, one of which includes a signature. The two pieces of ID should prove identity and place of residence. At a minimum, electors must have one piece of ID, with a signature, which proves identity, and then must make solemn declarations in the presence of election officials.
List of accepted identification
Non-Resident Property Electors must also provide proof of ownership of the property (eg. title, tax notice) and written consent of the majority of other owners to vote on behalf of that property.
Electors can vote by:
- attending voting locations on General Voting Day - Saturday October 20, 2018; or
- attending voting locations on Advanced Voting Days; or
- by mail ballot if eligible.
- Curbside voting is available at all voting locations for electors who may be unable to get into voting places.
- assistance for marking ballots can also be provided by election officials if needed.
Please contact the Chief Election Officer for more information.
Mail Ballot Voting
Mail ballot voting is available for FVRD electors who:
- have a physical disability, illness or injury affecting thier ability to vote at voting locations;
- expect to be absent from the FVRD on all voting days; or
- reside within a remote area located more than 25km from the nearest voting location at which they are entitled to vote.
Please note that mail ballot voting is not available for School District #33 (Chilliwack) Trustee elections.
To apply for mail ballot voting, contact firstname.lastname@example.org before 4pm on Oct 12, 2018. You must provide the following information:
- your full name;
- whether you are registering as a resident or non resident property elector (NRPE);
- residential address;
- if you are an NRPE, the property address in relation to which you will be voting;
- the electoral area in which you reside or own property;
- preferred method of delivery of your mail ballot package - either pick up at the FVRD office or by regular mail to an address you provide.
Mail ballot packages will be sent out or available for pickup starting the week of October 1 until 4pm October 15, 2018.