2018 General Local Elections

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The next General Local Election will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018.  Join your community in electing one Mayor, six Councillors for the municipality, and four School Trustees for Mission School District #75.

When is the 2018 Election?
The next BC General Local Election is Saturday October 20, 2018 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Note that this and future elections are about a month earlier after changes were made in 2014 by the provincial government. The term was also changed from three years to four years.
Important Dates

Election Period

January 1, 2018 to September 21, 2018

Last Day to Pre-register for Voting

August 28, 2018

Nomination Period

September 4, 2018 to September 14, 2018

Campaign Period

September 22, 2018 to October 20, 2018

General Voting Day

October 20, 2018

Financial Statement Disclosure Deadline

January 18, 2019

Advanced Voting

Two advance voting opportunities will be available on October 10, 2018 and October 17, 2018 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at Mission Municipal Hall,  8645 Stave Lake Street

Where to Vote on October 20, 2018
  • Albert McMahon Elementary School, 32865 Cherry Avenue, Mission
  • Cherry Hill Elementary School, 32557 Best Avenue
  • Firehall #2, 30514 Dewdney Trunk Road, Mission
  • Hatzic Middle School, 34800 Dewdney Trunk Road, Mission
  • Mission Central Elementary School, 7466 Welton Street, Mission
  • Mission Leisure Centre, 7650 Grand Street, Mission
  • Silverdale Elementary School, 29715 Donatelli Street, Mission
  • West Heights Elementary School, 32065 Van Velzen Avenue, Mission

Automated Voting Machines

The District of Mission uses Automated Voting Machines for balloting in local elections. This technology is used to elect Mayor, Council, and School District Trustees using one simple, consolidated ballot.

With this method, electors simply fill in spaces to mark their choices. The machine then scans and ‘interprets’ the ballot. In the event a ballot is spoiled, it will be immediately identified, allowing the voter to recast their vote or have the choice to have the ballot accepted as is.

The machines read standard paper ballots that are retained in accordance with provincial legislation as proof of the validity of the election process.

Are you on the Voters List?

The District uses the Provincial List of Electors to conduct its elections.  If you are new to Mission, or have recently moved or changed your name, you can register or update your information on the Elections BC Online Voter Registration website prior to August 28, 2018.

Always bring your ID to the voting place on election day as even if you register by the deadline you may not be on the printed list as they are sent out in advance of the election.

You may also register by submitting all required documentation at any voting place during advance voting (October 10 and 17, 2018 at City Hall) and on general election day (October 20, 2018).

To register you must provide two personal identifying documents that prove who you are and where you live. One of them must have your signature on it.

Examples of Acceptable ID for Identity

  • BC I.D. Card
  • Driver’s Licence
  • Social Insurance Card
  • Credit Card / Debit Card
  • Old Age Pension I.D. Card
  • Passport / Citizenship Card
  • BC Care Card / BC Gold Care Card
  • Continued Assistance Form SDES8
  • Owner’s Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Registration

For Residency

  • BC I.D. Card
  • Driver’s Licence
  • Utility Bill or other similar Credit Card Statement
  • Real Property Tax Notice or BC Assessment Notice
  • Owner’s Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Registration
Thinking about Running for Office?

People considering running in local elections now have access to resources that provide information about the roles and responsibilities of elected local officials.

Educational videos and a brochure are available online, at local government candidate information sessions and at orientations for newly elected officials. These new resources will help people to make informed decisions about running for local government offices.

A Guide specifically for School Trustee Candidates is also a great resource if that’s your area of interest.

General information about expectations of locally elected officials, their roles and responsibilities and about how local governments make decisions is available through these new resources.

The informative videos feature current local government officials and staff from throughout the province providing their perspectives in five areas:

  • What is local government?
  • Characteristics of an effective local official
  • Roles and responsibilities of staff and elected officials
  • Testing readiness to be an elected official
  • What contributes to effective decision making?

Time Commitment

Holding office can be time consuming. In addition to attending Council meetings every second week for approximately 6 hours, there are also special Council meetings during the day and evenings held 1-3 times per month, public information sessions, community events and Committee or Commission meetings once a month. Some Council members may also be asked to sit on monthly meetings at the Fraser Valley Regional District. Reading background materials for each meeting can take several hours. We recommend that you discuss time commitments with a current member of Council to gain a full understanding.

Who can run for Office?

 

You may run for a local government office if you:

  1. Are a Canadian citizen
  2. Are 18 years old or more on general voting day
  3. Have lived in British Columbia for 6 months prior to you registering to vote; and
  4. Have not been disqualified from voting in a BC election.

http://elections.bc.ca/political-participants/local-elections-campaign-financing/disqualification-lists/

For those thinking of running for office, please be aware of changes to the  Local Elections Campaign Financing Act available at http://elections.bc.ca/political-participants/local-elections-campaign-financing/2018-general-local-elections/

Nomination Packages
Nomination packages must be submitted in person by making an appointment between 8:00 am September 4, 2018 and 4:00 pm September 14, 2018. Appointments can be made by calling 604-820-3700.

 

 

 

 

 

Nomination packages will be available for pick-up and on the District’s website in late July.

Do I qualify to Vote?

You may vote in a BC General 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 British Columbia for 6 months prior to you registering to vote; and
  4. Have lived in the District of Mission for 30 days prior to you registering to vote*

* for those living outside of the District of Mission but within the Mission Public School District, this requirement applies to living within the Mission Public School District boundaries for voting for School Trustees only.

Non-Resident Property Elector

You may vote in a BC General Local Election as a non-resident property elector if you are the “registered owner of real property” in one municipality or district and you live in another provided you meet the following:

  1.  Are a Canadian Citizen
  2. Are 18 years of age or more on general voting day
  3. Have lived in British Columbia for 6 months prior to you registering to vote; and
  4. You are not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or are otherwise disqualified by law.
  5. You have received the written consent of the majority of registered owners for the property, authorizing you to be registered as the non-resident property elector for this property

You are entitled to register as a non-resident property elector for only one property that you own within Mission. There is no allowance for voting more than once if you own multiple properties within Mission.

What does “registered owner of real property” mean?

This means whichever of the following is applicable:

(a) the owner of a registered estate in fee simple of the property, unless another person holds an interest in the property referred to in paragraphs (b) to (d);
(b) the holder of the last registered agreement for sale, unless another person holds an interest in the property referred to in paragraph (c) or (d);
(c) the tenant for life under a registered life interest in the property, unless another person holds an interest in the property referred to in paragraph (d);
(d) the holder of a registered lease of the property for a term of at least 99 years.

 What if the property is registered in my company’s name?

You are not eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector if the property is registered in your company’s name. Furthermore, you are not eligible to vote if you are holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust.

 What if I own property with someone else?

Only one non-resident property elector may vote for each property. In other words, if two or more individuals own a single piece of property, the majority of the owners must designate — in writing — one owner as the non-resident property elector for that property. In this instance, a completed Non-resident Property Elector Consent Form must be submitted before registration can take place.

What if I own property with someone else and that person is living on the property?

The person living on the property may qualify as a resident elector because he or she is a resident of Mission. As a non-resident property owner, you are also eligible to vote for that property, but you will still need the written consent of the other owner.

What if I own more than one piece of property?

You may only vote as a non-resident property elector for one piece of property in any municipality, regional district or school district regardless of how many properties you own. In other words, even if you own two pieces of property in one municipality, you may vote only once. If, however, you own one piece of property in one municipality that you are not a resident in, and a second piece of property in another municipality that you are not a resident in, you may vote in both of those jurisdictions as a non-resident property elector and vote as a resident elector in the jurisdiction that you reside in.

How do non-resident property owners register?

You may register in advance before August 28, 2018 by submitting the following documentation to the Chief Election Officer at Mission Municipal Hall.

Application for Registration as a Non-Resident Property Elector. Remember to have your signature on the form witnessed by another individual, who will also sign and provide their residential address.

You may also register by submitting all required documentation at any voting place during advance voting (October 10 and 17, 2018) and on general election day (October 20, 2018).

To register as a Non-Resident Property Elector during advance voting or on general election day you must provide the following documents:

Examples of Acceptable ID for Identity

  • BC I.D. Card
  • Driver’s Licence
  • Social Insurance Card
  • Credit Card / Debit Card
  • Old Age Pension I.D. Card
  • Passport / Citizenship Card
  • BC Care Card / BC Gold Care Card
  • Continued Assistance Form SDES8
  • Owner’s Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Registration

Forms

Form 2-7 Registration of Non-Resident Property Owner
Form 2-8 Consent for Non-Resident Property Owner

Questions & Contacts
Information regarding the provincial requirements including ALL questions regarding campaign financing requirements, can be posed to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elections BC
http://elections.bc.ca
1-800-661-8683
electionsbc@elections.bc.ca

The following people can be contacted with questions specific to the General Local Election in Mission:

Mike Younie
Chief Election Officer
myounie@mission.ca
604-820-3798

Jennifer Russell
Deputy Chief Election Officer
jrussell@mission.ca
604-820-372

This information is being provided as a courtesy and does not stipulate all requirements in all cases. All requirements are stipulated in the District’s bylaws and provincial legislation and interested parties are strongly encouraged to consult those to ensure a complete understanding of all rules and regulations.

Official results from the 2014 General Local Election are available now.