2021 By-election

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The City of Castlegar is holding a By-election for one seat for Mayor and one seat for Councillor for the City of Castlegar. The term starts May 17, 2021 and finishes in October 2022.

Declaration of Election by Voting 2021

Declaration of Candidates - 2021 Castlegar Local By-election.

General Voting Day

DATE: Saturday, April 24, 2021

WHERE: Castlegar & District Recreation Complex (located at 2101 6th Avenue)

TIME: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Advance Voting Days

DATES: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 and Wednesday, April 21, 2021

WHERE: Castlegar & District Recreation Complex (located at 2101 6th Avenue)

TIME: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Mail Ballot Voting Information

WHO CAN VOTE BY MAIL?

In accordance with Municipal Affairs Ministerial Order No. M108-2021, all eligible electors are permitted and encouraged to vote by mail due to COVID-19.

***Completed applications must be received by the City Election staff no later than 4 p.m. on March 26, 2021 to receive a mail ballot***

HOW DO YOU REGISTER TO VOTE?

If you are not already registered to vote and would like to vote by mail ballot, you will be able to register by completing all registration forms including a Declaration of Identity Form that will be included in the mail ballot package. If you are not sure if you are registered or not, you can contact the Chief Election Officer or Deputy Chief Election Officer at 250.365.7227 to find out.

HOW DO YOU REQUEST A MAIL BALLOT PACKAGE?

To vote by mail ballot, you must request a mail ballot package by completing the Application and submitting a signed copy to the Chief Election Officer or Deputy Chief Elections Officers by following the instructions on the form. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on March 26, 2021.

The City of Castlegar will send out mail ballot packages commencing on or about April 7, 2021. To be counted for the by-election, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8 p.m. on April 24, 2021.

Voters are responsible for ensuring their completed ballot is received by the Chief Election Officer by mail (envelopes are NOT prepaid with return postage) or hand-delivered to Castlegar City Hall, 460 Columbia Avenue, by 4 p.m. on April 23, 2021 (preferred) or if necessary, at the voting place on general voting day, Saturday, April 24, 2021 no later than 8 p.m., close for voting.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Nomination Packages

Candidates must submit a Candidate Nomination Package between 9 a.m. March 9, 2021 and 4 pm on March 19, 2021 in order to be included as a candidate for the City of Castlegar 2021 By-election. The forms along with other important information are available for download on this page or by picking up a package from Castlegar City Hall.

Candidates need to ensure that their forms are correctly filled out and that the chosen nominators (2) are Resident Electors. Completed Nomination Forms must be delivered to the Chief Election Officer or Deputy Election Officer by 4 p.m., March 19, 2021 at City Hall, 460 Columbia Avenue.

If the Candidate is being endorsed by an organization and wishes the endorsement to be included on the ballot the Elector Organization Endorsement Package must be submitted to the Chief Election Officer during the nomination period.

Candidate Nomination Package Cover Page

Candidate Information Sheet

Candidate Nomination Package (Fillable)

Information for Those Thinking of Running for Council

For more local election information and helpful videos, visit these websites:

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 general voting day (April 24, 2021)
  • You must be a Canadian citizen;
  • You must be a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months prior to the date of nomination;
  • Not disqualified by any statute or law, from being nominated, elected or holding office.
  • Nominees must be nominated by two resident electors of the City of Castlegar.
  • Nominees (the candidate) are not required to be a resident or non-resident property owner in the City of Castlegar.

For more information, please visit the Province of BC website here.

Election Bylaw

Download the City of Castlegar's current Election Bylaw No. 1263.

Election Bylaw No. 1263

List of Registered Electors

Beginning March 9, 2021 until the close of general voting for Election on April 24, 2021, a copy of the list of registered electors will, upon signature, be available for public inspection, at Castlegar City Hall, 460 Columbia Avenue between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., (closed 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.) Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.

Form No. 2-12 Statement to View List of Registered Electors

In accordance with the Local Government Act, the City of Castlegar will be using the provincial voters list as the register of resident electors.

Elector Registration

If your name is not on the list of registered electors and you meet the qualifications as a resident elector or a non-resident property elector, you may register on voting day by producing at least two pieces of acceptable identification, one of which must have your signature and providing proof of residency or property ownership. To register as a non-resident property elector you must also produce written consent of the majority of the property owners (if there is more than one registered owner for the property).

Form No. 2-8 Non-Resident Property Elector Consent Form

Elector Qualifications

The following qualifications must be met to register as a Resident Elector in the City of Castlegar:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the election;
  • Canadian citizen;
  • Resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months prior to the date of nomination;
  • Resident of the City of Castlegar for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration;
  • Not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election and not otherwise disqualified by law.

The following qualifications must be met to register as a Non-Resident Property Elector in the City of Castlegar:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the election;
  • Canadian citizen;
  • Resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration;
  • Registered owner of real property in the City of Castlegar for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration;
  • Not entitled to register as a resident elector.
  • Not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election and not otherwise disqualified by law; and
  • If there is more than one registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector.

Removal of Personal Information on List of Registered Electors

An elector may request that in order to protect the privacy or security of the elector, the Chief Election Officer amend the list of registered electors that is to be available for public inspection, or that is to be provided to candidates, by omitting or obscuring the address of the elector or other information about the elector.

If you wish to have this list of registered electors amended to obscure your personal information, please contact the Chief Election Officer at 250.365.8953 before Friday, March 5, 2021.

What Identification is Required to Vote?

In accordance with Provincial legislation, if a person is already registered on the voters list, there is no ID requirement at the time of voting, although a solemn verbal declaration will have to be made by the elector, prior to receiving a ballot, to ensure that they are the person named on the voters list. Although it is not required to vote, staff may ask if you have ID in an effort to help speed up the process during the ballot assignment. If a person is not already registered on the voters list, and they are eligible to vote, the following ID requirements must be met when registering at the time of voting:

  • At least two ID documents must be shown that provide evidence of the person’s identity and place of residence, at least one of which must contain the person’s signature

or

  • At least two ID documents must be shown that provide evidence of the person’s identity, at least one of which must contain the person’s signature, and make a solemn declaration as to the person’s place of residence.

Acceptable forms of Identification

  • BC Driver’s License
  • BC ID Card
  • BC Care Card of BC Gold Care Card
  • Social Insurance Card
  • Certificate of Vehicle Insurance (ICBC)
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • Credit Cards or Debit Cards
  • Property Tax Notice
  • Utility Bill
  • Form SDES8 from the Ministry of Social Development

Objection to Registration of an Elector

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 p.m. on Friday March 19, 2021.

An objection must be made in writing and may only be made by a person entitled to be registered as an elector of the City of Castlegar 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 Castlegar.

Form No. 2-13 Objection to Registration of an Elector

What To Expect When Voting

Hosting a by-election during a global pandemic is something we’ve never done before but we can ensure the community that public and staff safety will be top priority. To minimize the number of people interacting in-person, the City will be requesting an Order from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to allow the City to offer a mail-in ballot option. For in-person voters, the City will be developing a COVID-19 safety plan and following all provincial protocols; anyone entering the voting place will be required to wear a face covering, sanitize their hands, and follow social distance guides.

Official Notices

Notice of Mail Ballot Voting

Notice of Required Advance Voting

Notice of List of Registered Electors

Notice of Nomination

Notice of Election By Voting 2021

More Information

Further information may be obtained by contacting:

Frequently Asked Questions

In order to vote, a person must be:

  • 18 years old or older; and
  • A Canadian citizen; and
  • A resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration, and
  • A resident of the City of Castlegar at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration OR an owner of property in the City of Castlegar at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and.
  • Must not be disqualified by law (currently incarcerated or having been convicted of election offenses)
  • A person is a resident of the municipality where the person lives. To answer the question, "Where do I live?" refer first to the address given on the driver’s license and on Income tax statements. It is also the place where one would register minor children for school.
  • A person may not be resident in more than one municipality at a time.
  • A person does not cease to be a resident by leaving for temporary purposes (ie. vacation, school).
  • A resident does not have to own property. A resident may be a renter.

A person is a non-resident property elector if they do not live in the municipality but instead own property in the municipality.

Only one of the owners may vote on behalf of the property as a Non-resident property elector. If the property is owned by more than one person, the majority of owners have to decide which of them wilt be voting on behalf of the property and complete the Consent form.

The land title proves both ownership and identifies how many people are on title. If there are more than one person on title, a written consent is required to designate one of the owners as the voter.

No, you must be a Canadian Citizen to vote.

Yes, if the requirements of a resident or non-resident elector are met.

No. No person may vote more than one time in any election.

  • Anyone who commits an election offence, such as voting more than once or signing a false statement, is liable to a fine of up to $5,000 and up to one year in prison.
  • Anyone convicted of a more serious election offence, such as vote buying or intimidation could be subject to a fine of up to $10,000 and two years in prison.
  • They may also be prohibited from holding office and voting in local government elections for up to six years.
  • The police are responsible for investigating alleged election offences, and the Courts are responsible for adjudicating allegations, making decisions and imposing penalties.
  • The Chief Election Officer has limited authority to enforce election rules, such as the authority to challenge the nomination of a candidate or the eligibility of an elector in the Courts, and to maintain order at voting places. The Chief Election Officer does not investigate alleged election offences or administer penalties.

Yes. The person translating for you must sign a solemn declaration before providing any assistance. Speak to the presiding election official at the voting place for further information.

  • Yes. If you need assistance, an election official may assist you to vote. If you are caring for someone (e.g. a child or elderly relative) at the time you cast your ballot, the presiding election official may allow you to have that person in the booth with you.
  • Anyone providing assistance to another elector is required to sign a solemn declaration before providing any assistance. Speak to the presiding election official at the voting place for further information.

Yes. You must sign a written statement and also sign a solemn declaration in order to assist someone to vote. Speak to the presiding election official at the voting place for further information.

If you believe someone has committed an election offence, contact your local police. The police are responsible for conducting an investigation and recommending to Crown counsel whether charges should be laid. Election offences are prosecuted through the judicial system. The Chief Election Officer does not investigate alleged election offences.

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Notice-of-Advance-Voting
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Notice-of-MailBallot
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Declaration-of-Candidates-Castlegar-By-election-2021
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Notice-of-Nomination-By-election
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Notice-of-List-of-Registered-Electors
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