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Voter eligibility for Mayor / Regional Councillor

Northern Rockies Regional Municipality Residents

To vote for Mayor / Councillor, you must:

  • be 18 years of age or older on Election Day (Saturday, October 15, 2022); and
  • be a Canadian citizen; and
  • be an actual resident or property owner in the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality for a period of at least six months (since April 14, 2022)
  • not be disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment, or be otherwise disqualified by law from voting in a local election

Local Government Act 65(1)

Northern Rockies Regional Municipality Non-Residents

To vote for Mayor / Councillor as a non-resident property elector, you must:

  • be 18 years of age or older on Election Day (Saturday, October 15, 2022); and
  • be a Canadian citizen; and
  • have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months (since April 14, 2022) before registering to vote.
  • not be disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment, or be otherwise disqualified by law from voting in a local election; and
  • be the registered owner of property in the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality for at least 30 days before registering to vote.

Non-resident property electors will be asked to complete a Non-Resident Property Elector Registration Form. The form will be available at advance voting opportunities and at all locations on general voting day.

If there is more than one registered owner of the real property, only one owner is eligible to vote. The property owners must complete a Non-Resident Property Elector Consent Form appointing one person as the non-resident property elector. The appointed non-resident property elector must present the completed form to the Presiding Election Official at the voting location.

Local Government Act 66(1)

Voter eligibility for School Trustee

To vote for School Trustee, you must be:

  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day (Saturday, October 15, 2022); and
  • an actual resident of the school division for a period of at least six months (since April 14, 2022) and
  • an actual resident in the school division on Election Day (October 15, 2022)

School Act 40(1)(c)

Determining residency of a voter

The following determines the residency of a voter:

  • voter is a resident of the place where they have their ordinary residence, and to which they intend to return when away from it
  • voter may be a resident of only one place at a time
  • voter does not change residence until they have a new residence

A person who leaves a municipality for temporary reasons is still considered a resident voter. For example, a student attending university or college outside the municipality, but who intends to return home after the term ends, is considered a resident voter.

A voter may vote only once in the same election, regardless of whether they own multiple properties.

Local Government Act 67

Note:
• A voter must be a resident in the School Division for six months prior to Election Day.
• A registered owner of land who does not reside in the School Division does not have the right to vote for School Trustee.

The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality requires every voter to provide proof of their name and current address by showing identification.

You must present at least two (2) pieces of acceptable identification at the voting station that show proof of identify and place of residence. At least one of the two forms of ID must contain a signature.

Please note that residents living on Reserve within the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, and who do not own property within the region are not eligible to vote in the local elections, based on the exclusion of Reserves within the Municipality's Letters Patent.

Voting Day Registration

The NRRM uses same-day voter registration. To register on voting day, eligible resident electors are required to show two pieces of identification, the identification must prove who they are and where they live - including the person's name and residential address. If neither piece of identification shows the elector's residential address, they may make a solemn declaration as to their place of residence.

ID Requirements

Examples of acceptable identification include:

  • British Columbia Driver's License
  • British Columbia Identification Card
  • British Columbia Care Card
  • British Columbia Gold Care Card
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Canadian Passport
  • Property Tax Notice
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
  • Government-Issued Military Identification Card
  • Firearms Possession and Acquisition License
  • Certificate of Indian Status
  • Current utility bill containing Elector's name and address
  • Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle License (issued by ICBC)
  • Other documents sufficient to satisfy the Chief Election Officer

Note: A Combination BC Services Card and BC Driver's Licence only count as one (1) form of acceptable identification. A second piece of identification will be required.

Individuals who do not have a document that proves a place of residence may also provide two documents from the list above that provide proof of identity and make a solemn declaration as to the place of residence to the Election Official at the voting station.

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