The City of Castlegar will be holding a General Voting Day Election on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Castlegar Community Forum, 445 – 13th. Avenue, Castlegar, B.C. from 8am – 8pm.
This Election is for ONE SEAT for Mayor and SIX SEATS for Councillor for the City of Castlegar. The election term will be for 4 years completing in October of 2022.
The City of Castlegar will also be conducting the Election for Trustee Electoral Area 2 comprised of the City of Castlegar and part of Electoral Area J of the Regional District of Central Kootenay (Deer Park, Paulson Highway, Raspberry, Renata, Robson). This Election is for TWO SEATS as School Trustee.
NOMINATION PACKAGES AVAILABLE ON AUGUST 7TH
For those considering running for Council, nomination packages are ready for pick-up at City Hall or here.
Nomination packages will be made available up to the close of the nomination period on September 14, 2018.
Completed Nomination Forms will only be accepted during the Nomination Period from 9:00 am September 4th through to 4:00 pm September 14th. Candidates need to ensure that their forms are correctly filled out and that the chosen nominators (2) are Resident Electors.Nomination Forms must be delivered to the Chief Elections Officer or Deputy by 4:00pm, September 14, 2018 at City Hall, 460 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar, BC
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.
INFORMATION FOR THOSE THINKING OF RUNNING FOR COUNCIL
On Monday, August 27 from 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm the City of Castlegar will be hosting a Regional Pre-election workshop for interested candidates. This workshop is free of charge and we encourage all interested candidates to attend. More information regarding the workshop is below or call Tracey Butler, Chief Elections Officer (250)365-8973:
The following list of information documents are available for download and contain instructions to assist candidates. Individuals, who are considering running for Council, may also wish to visit the Elections BC website for information:
- Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in B.C. for Candidates and their Financial Agents - NEW
- Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in B.C. for Elector Organizations and their Financial Agents – NEW
- Candidate's Guide to Local Election in B.C.
- What Every Candidate needs to know
- Thinking about Running for Local Office?
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 (October 20, 2018);
- 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 see the guide: WHAT EVERY CANDIDATE NEEDS TO KNOW prepared by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
The following link proves a copy of the City’s current Election Bylaw No. 1263
ADVANCE VOTING DAYS
- DATES: Wednesday, October 10 & Wednesday, October 17, 2018
- WHERE: Castlegar Community Forum, 445 – 13th. Avenue, Castlegar, B.C.
- TIME: 8am – 8pm
SPECIAL VOTING OPPORTUNITIES
On Friday, October 19, 2018, the City will be offering Special Voting Opportunities at two facilities for its residents, patients and staff who are working on that day:
- Talarico Place, 709 – 10th Street, Castlegar, B.C. 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Castleview Care Centre, 2300 – 14th Avenue, Castlegar, B.C. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
LIST OF REGISTERED ELECTORS
Beginning September 4, 2018 until the close of general voting for Election on October 20, 2018, a copy of the list of registered electors will, upon signature, be available for public inspection, at Castlegar City Hall, 460 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar, BC, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.
In accordance with the Local Government Act, the City of Castlegar will be using the provincial voters list as the register of resident electors.
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).
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 365-8973 prior to Tuesday, August 28, 2018.
WHAT IS THE IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED IN ORDER 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:
What may I use for identification? – 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,
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
Can I Mail in My Ballot?
The City of Castlegar does not offer mail-in ballots.
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 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.
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.
FURTHER INFORMATION on the foregoing may be obtained by contacting:
Tracey Butler, Chief Election Officer (250) 365-8973 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Brown, Deputy Chief Election Officer (250) 365-8953 or email@example.com