2014 Local Government Election
Election Results are Up!
Official results from the 2014 General Local Election are available now.
Key Dates for 2014/15
Here are the key dates for the nomination and filing
|April 8||Last day to meet six (6) month B.C. residency requirement for candidate|
|May 13||Last day to meet six (6) month B.C. residency requirements for electors registering on Voting Day|
|August 22||Nomination Packages available|
|September 30||Nomination Period begins at 9:00 am|
|October 10||Nomination Period closes at 4:00 pm (Late submissions CANNOT be accepted)|
|October 14||Deadline to challenge for nominations and elector organizations endorsements at 4:00 pm|
|October 16||Candidate Meeting – 6:00 p.m. Municipal Hall, Council Chambers|
|October 17||Deadline for candidate withdrawal at 4:00 pm|
|October 17||Deadline for receiving originals of faxed nominations|
|November 5||Advance Voting Opportunity will be held from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at the District of Mission Municipal Hall|
|November 12||Second Advance Voting Opportunity will be held from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at the District of Mission Municipal Hall|
|November 15||Election Day – Voting from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm|
|November 24||Campaign signage must be removed|
|December 1||Inaugural Council Meeting (Oath of Office)|
|February 16||Deadline for submission of Campaign Financial Disclosure Statement. This must be submitted directly to Elections BC|
|March 16||Late Campaign Financial Disclosure Statement subject to a $500 late filing fee. This must be submitted directly to Elections BC|
When is the next election?
The next BC General Local Election for local governments is Saturday, October 20, 2018.
General local elections will be held on the third Saturday in October every four years. The next BC local election will be in October 2018.
The Chief Election Officer, as appointed by the District of Mission, is responsible for conducting local government elections. In advance of Election Day, the Election Office advertises in the local newspapers, naming the candidates that are running and outlining how qualified citizens can vote.
Do I qualify to vote?
You may vote in a BC local election as a resident elector if you:
1. are a Canadian citizen;
2. are 18 years of age or more on general voting day;
3. have lived in BC for at least 6 months before you register to vote, and
4. have lived in the District of Mission for 30 days or more before you register to vote.
All District of Mission residents who meet these requirements can vote.
It does not matter whether you rent or own your home.
I own property in the District of Mission but do not live in the District of Mission; can I vote?
As a non-resident property owner – you own property in one place but live in another – you have the right to vote both where you live and where you own property.
You may vote in a BC local election as a non-resident property elector if you:
1. are not a resident in that community;
2. are a Canadian citizen;
3. are 18 years of age or more on general voting day; and
4. have lived in BC for at least 6 months before you register to vote.
NOTE: If you own property with someone else, only ONE non-resident property owner may vote.
If two or more non-resident property owners own a single piece of property, the majority of owners must designate – in writing on the prescribed form – one owner as the non-resident property elector for that property. If you own property along with a corporation, then none of the owners of the property are eligible to vote.
Please contact the Chief Election Officer for further information regarding this.
I own more than one property in the District of Mission – how many votes do I get?
A person may only register as a non-resident property elector in relation to ONE parcel of real property in a jurisdiction.
Does the District issue Voter Cards?
No. You are required to bring two pieces of identification as the District does not issue voter cards.
What if I am in the hospital on Voting Day?
Special voting opportunities for the election will be available at the Mission Memorial Hospital. Eligible voters must be either residents or patients admitted into the Mission Memorial Hospital.
What do I need to know if I am interested in running for office?
Term of Office
If you are elected to local office, you will be expected to serve a FOUR year term. This term will officially begin on the first Monday after the first day of December following the election.
Please be aware that holding office can be time consuming. In addition to attending regular meetings – usually one evening per week for Municipal Council – you may be asked to sit on special committees, boards or commissions that also require significant time. You might consider talking to someone currently in local office to find out how much time you will be expected to commit.
Who May Run
You may run for local government office if you:
1. are a Canadian citizen;
2. are at least 18 years old on election day;
3. have lived in BC for at least 6 months prior to the October 10 nomination period deadline (since April 8, 2014); and
4. have not been disqualified from voting in a BC local election.
You do not have to live in the jurisdiction in which you are running for office.
The following guides will answer many of your questions, more information is also available on the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development website.
- Local Elections in B.C.: What Every Candidate needs to know
- Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in B.C.
- Third Party Sponsor Guide to Local Elections in B.C.
- Candidate’s Guide to Local Government Elections in B.C.
- Elector Organizations Guide to Local Government Elections in B.C.
- Guide to Supporting a Candidate for Local Government Elections in B.C.
- School Trustee Election Procedures in BC
- Community Charter
- Financial Disclosure Act
- Local Elections Campaign Financing Act
- Local Elections Statutes Amendment Act
- Local Government Act
- Offence Act
- School Act
For further information regarding the District of Mission’s municipal elections, please contact the Election Office:
Tina Penney, Chief Election Officer – 604.820.3706 or email@example.com
Our General Contact Numbers are:
Location and Mailing Address:
2nd Floor, District Hall, 8645 Stave Lake Street
Mission, BC V2V 4L9
8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)
For more information, visit the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development’s General Local Elections webpage.