2018 Local Government Election

2018 Local Government Election

Elections are conducted according to the rules and regulations set out in the Local Government Act, which governs local government elections throughout B.C.

Local government elections in British Columbia are held every four years. The next election will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 with advance voting opportunities on October 10th. The NCRD also conducts the Trustee Elections on behalf of School Districts 50 and 52.

Information for Candidates

The Province of British Columbia has uploaded a collection of information for potential candidates.

The Province has also partnered with the Local Government Leadership Academy, Local Government Management Association and the Union of BC Municipalities to produce some videos to help answer questions about local government and serving as an elected official.

Qualifications for Office

To qualify as a candidate for local government office, at the time of nomination a person must meet the following criteria:

  • Canadian Citizen;
  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • Resident of BC for at least six (6) months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and
  • Not be disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Campaign Financing

Elections BC oversees campaign financing and third party advertising rules. Local governments have responsibility for administering voting and accepting candidate nomination forms. For answers to questions about the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (i.e. election advertising, third party advertising sponsors and campaign financing rules), please contact Elections BC toll free at 1-855-952-0280; or by email at lecf@elections.bc.ca . Elections BC has also developed a Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC, as well as the Third Party Sponsor Guide to Local Elections in BC.

Key Election Dates

DateAction or Deadline
July 27th8:00 a.m. - Nomination packages are made available
September 4th9:00 a.m. - Nomination period begins
September 14th4:00 p.m. - Nomination period ends
September 14thDeclaration of candidates
September 18th4:00 p.m. - Nomination challenge deadline
September 21st4:00 p.m. - Deadline for Chief Election Officer to receive original nomination documents
September 21stDeadline for withdrawal of candidates and elector organization endorsements
September 24th4:00 p.m. - Declaration of election by voting
October 10th8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Advance Voting Day - voting places to be announced
October 20th8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. - General Voting Date - voting places to be announced
October 20thCampaign period ends
October 20thElection proceedings period ends
October 24thDeclaration of official election results
October 29thJudicial recount application deadline
November 2ndJudicial recount completion deadline
December 8thOath or Affirmation of Office deadline
January 18th, 2019Disclosure statements filing deadline
February 19th, 2019Disclosure statements late filing deadline

Nomination Process

Nomination packages will be available at the NCRD and Moresby Island Management Committee (MIMC) office starting Friday, July 27, 2018.

The nomination period begins at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and ends on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Nomination packages will be accepted at the MIMC office on Monday, September 10, 2018.

Those persons unable to deliver nominations in person may mail or fax them to the attention of the Chief Election Officer by September 14, 2018 deadline (Fax 250-627-8493). If sent by facsimile, the original must be received by the Chief Election Officer or Deputy Chief Election Officer by September 21, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

List of Candidates

Candidates for the North Coast Regional District election and School District No. 52 and 50 elections to be posted on September 24, 2018.

Information for Voters

There are two categories of voters who qualify to vote in local government elections in B.C., Resident Electors and Non-Resident Electors.

A Resident Elector qualifies to vote by meeting the following criteria:

  • You are a Canadian citizen;
  • You are 18 years of age or older on or before general voting day;
  • You have been a resident of BC for at least six (6) months prior to general voting day;
  • You have lived in the Area for at least thirty (30) days prior to general voting day; and
  • You are not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

A Non-Resident Elector qualifies to vote by meeting the following criteria:

  • You are not a Resident Elector of the Electoral Area;
  • You are a Canadian Citizen;
  • You are at least 18 years of age or older on or before general voting day;
  • You have lived in BC for at least six (6) months prior to general voting day;
  • You have owned property in the Area for at least thirty (30) days prior to general voting day;
  • You have been designated by the other owner(s) of the property as a Non-Resident (Property) Elector for that property; A majority of owners must complete and sign a Non Resident Property Elector Consent Form;
  • You are not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

Property registered in company/corporation name does not qualify under the Local Government Act to vote in this local government election.

Registration

There is no need to pre-register to vote, as the registration of all elections for this election will take place at the time of voting. The North Coast Regional District conducts its election and other voting using Voting Day Only Registration and therefore does not maintain a voters list.

Identification

All electors are required to bring two (2) pieces of identification to the voting place. The identification must show the electors place of residence and at least one of the pieces of identification must show the electors signature.

Acceptable identification includes:

  • BC Drivers License
  • Social Insurance Card
  • BC Identification Card
  • Credit Card
  • BC Care Card or Gold Care Card
  • Property Tax Notice
  • ICBC Vehicle Insurance Registration Documents
  • Utility Bill
  • Citizenship Card

Note: A combined BC Drivers License and BC Care Card are considered 1 piece of ID

Polling Clerks

The North Coast Regional District (NCRD) is seeking polling clerks to work in various locations for the 2018 Local Government Election.  The Advance Poll will be held October 10, 2018 and General Voting Day is October 20, 2018.  If you are interested, please complete the Polling Clerk Application Form.  Completed forms may be faxed to (250) 627-8493 or mailed to NCRD at 14-342 3rd Avenue West, Prince Rupert, BC  V8J 1L5.