Elections FAQs

 

The following points are designed to answer a few of the basic questions that CVRD voters may have about local government elections. If you have any questions that haven't been answered, please contact the chief election officer or legislative services at 250-334-6000 or 1-800-331-6007 or by email at elections@comoxvalleyrd.ca.

Q1. Who can I vote for?
Q2. Who makes the rules concerning local government elections?
Q3. When can I vote?
Q4. Am I Eligible to Vote?
Q5. Am I registered to vote?
Q6. Where do I vote?
Q7. Can I vote by mail?
Q8. How do I register to vote as a resident elector on election day or advance voting?
Q9. How do I register to vote as a non-resident property elector on election day or at advance voting?
Q10. How do I apply to work during the election?
Q11. What provisions are made to assist persons with disabilities?
Q12. What are the criteria to run for local government office?
Q13. When can candidates be nominated for the election?
Q14. How do I nominate a candidate for the election?

Q1.  Who can I vote for?
The following nominations have been submitted to the Comox Valley Regional District chief election officer for the 2014 general local government elections. The nomination submission period is from 9 am on Tuesday, September 30 and 4 pm on October 10, 2014.

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Q2.  Who makes the rules concerning local government elections?
There are very strict rules regarding the conduct of local government elections to ensure they are fair, open and honest. These procedures are established by the Province of B.C. in part 3 of the Local Government Act and in the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. In accordance with legislation, local governments are permitted to adopt bylaws to establish election procedures in their jurisdiction. The CVRD’s election procedures bylaw is located at:

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Q3. When can I vote?
The next local government election will be held on November 15, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Anyone who is eligible to vote and wishes to vote prior to November 15 can vote during the advance voting opportunities on November 5 and 12 at the Comox Valley Regional District boardroom located at 550B Comox Road, Courtenay, B.C.

Special voting opportunities will be offered on Denman and Hornby Islands and at St. Joseph’s General Hospital. Dates, times and locations for special voting opportunities are to be determined.

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Q4. Am I Eligible to Vote?
There are two categories of electors for local government elections in the Province of British Columbia: resident electors and non-resident property electors.

You are eligible to register as a resident elector in the CVRD electoral areas if you meet the following criteria:

  • You must be 18 years or older on election day;
  • You must be a Canadian citizen;
  • You must have been a resident of British Columbia before May 13, 2014;
  • You must have been a resident of CVRD electoral area ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’ before October 15, 2014;
  • You must not be disqualified from voting by any statute or law.

You are eligible to register as a non-resident property elector in the CVRD electoral areas if you meet the following criteria:

  • You must be 18 years or older on election day;
  • You must be a Canadian citizen;
  • You must have been a resident of British Columbia before May 13, 2014;
  • You must be a registered owner of real property in CVRD electoral area ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’ before October 15, 2014;
  • You must not be eligible to register as a resident elector in CVRD electoral area ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’;
  • You must only register in relation to one piece of property; and
    If more than one person owns the property, only one owner may register and that person must have the written consent of a majority of the other owners.

NOTE: In accordance with the Local Government Act, the only persons who are registered owners, either as joint tenants or tenants-in-common, are individuals who are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust. A person may only register as a non-resident property elector in relation to one parcel of property in a CVRD electoral area and must provide proof of ownership of the property on which registration is based.

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Q5. Am I registered to vote?
You can register to vote at the time of voting on November 15, 2014 or during the advance voting opportunities on November 5 and 12 or at the special voting opportunities. You must meet all of the previously noted criteria to be eligible to vote as a resident elector or non-resident property elector.

The CVRD uses ‘voting day only registration’ and therefore does not have a voters list.

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Q6. Where do I vote?
Depending on which electoral area you live or own property in determines where you can vote.

Advance and special voting opportunities

Advance voting opportunities will be provided on November 5 and 12 in at the CVRD boardroom located at 550B Comox Road, Courtenay, B.C. from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for any person wishing to vote prior to November 15, 2014.

A special voting opportunity will be provided, on a limited basis, for persons who are hospitalized or their caregivers who are unable to attend another voting opportunity. The location of the special voting opportunity will be St. Joseph’s General Hospital at 2137 Comox Avenue in Comox, B.C. The date and time are to be confirmed.

Election day (November 15, 2014) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the following locations:

Electoral Area ‘A’ (Baynes Sound – Denman / Hornby Islands) electors can vote at the following locations:

    • CVRD boardroom at 550B Comox Road, Courtenay, B.C.
    • Royston Elementary School at 3830 Warren Avenue, Royston, B.C.
    • Union Bay Community Hall at 5401 South Island Highway, Union Bay, B.C.
    • Fanny Bay OAP Hall at 418 Ships Point Road, Fanny Bay, B.C.
    • Denman Island Senior Centre at 1111 Northwest Road, Denman Island, B.C.
    • Hornby Island Elementary School at 2100 Sollan Road, Hornby Island, B.C.
    • (NOTE: Islands Trust ballots will only be available at the Denman and Hornby Islands and CVRD boardroom voting locations)

Electoral Area ‘B’ (Lazo North) electors can vote at the following locations:

    • CVRD boardroom at 550B Comox Road, Courtenay, B.C.
    • NIDES (formerly Tsolum Elementary School) at 2505 Smith Road, Courtenay, B.C.

Electoral Area ‘C’ (Puntledge – Black Creek) electors can vote at the following locations:

    • CVRD boardroom at 550B Comox Road, Courtenay, B.C.
    • NIDES (formerly Tsolum Elementary School) at 2505 Smith Road, Courtenay, B.C.
    • Living Waters Fellowship Church, Black Creek, B.C. at 2222 Regent Road, Black Creek, B.C.
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Q7. Can I vote by mail?

The CVRD is conducting mail ballot voting in 2014. Qualified electors may vote by mail if they:

  • have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity,

OR

  • expect to be absent from the CVRD on general voting day and at the times of all advance voting      opportunities.

You can request a mail ballot package by filling in the “Application to vote by mail [PDF - 87 KB]” and returning it in person to the CVRD office, by mail at 600 Comox Road, Courtenay, BC, V9N 3P6, by fax at (250-334-4358) or email it to (administration@comoxvalleyrd.ca):

The CVRD will send out mail ballot packages on or about October 27, 2014. To be counted, your mail ballot must be received by the chief election officer no later than 8 pm on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

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Q8. How do I register to vote as a resident elector on election day or advance voting?
Any person who is eligible to vote must register at one of the voting places for where they live on election day, November 15, 2014, or at one of the special or advanced voting opportunities. Remember to bring at least two (2) documents that provide evidence of your identity (i.e. Driver’s Licence, BC ID, MSP card, SIN card, credit card) and your current place of residence (i.e. Driver’s Licence, BC ID, telephone bill, hydro bill, personalized cheque); one of these documents must contain your signature. If your ID doesn't show your residential address, you can make what is called a "solemn declaration" as to your residence. The election official will have the form you need to use to make that declaration. If you do not comply with this requirement you will not be registered to vote.

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Q9. How do I register to vote as a non-resident property elector on election day or at advance voting?
Persons meeting the criteria to vote as a non-resident property elector may register to vote at one of the voting places for where they live on election day, November 15, 2014, or at one of the special or advanced voting opportunities. In addition to the information previously noted for resident registration, a non-resident property elector must provide two (2) pieces of identification, at least one (1) of which must have their signature and proof of ownership of the property (such as current tax or utility notice).

Where a property has more than one owner the applicant will be required to provide a consent form signed by a majority of the other owners of the property. Please contact us at elections@comoxvalleyrd.ca or 250-334-6000 to be emailed or mailed a non-resident property elector package. All non-resident property electors are encouraged to confirm with us that they have the correct documentation to register prior to visiting their designated voting place or advance voting opportunities. If you have voted as a non-resident property elector in the past, you may not be required to bring the registration package to the voting place. Please contact us to confirm your eligibility.

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Q10. How do I apply to work during the election?
The CVRD is currently receiving applications for election officials to work during the local government election on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Anyone interested in working on election day can submit a letter of interest to the chief election officer in writing or by email at elections@comoxvalleyrd.ca by September 30, 2014.

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Q11. What provisions are made to assist persons with disabilities?
If you have difficulty entering a voting place, you may ask to receive and mark your ballot at a place located outside the voting place (curbside voting). If you are unable to bring someone with you who can advise the election officials that you need help outside the voting division please contact us at 250-334-6000 or 250-334-7312 (on November 15, 2014) and we will make arrangements for curbside voting outside the building for you.  Handicapped permit parking, as available, will be designated and signed.

If you require assistance with voting, you may ask the presiding election official (PEO) in charge of the voting place to assist you OR you may bring someone with you to the voting place to help you vote. This person must make a solemn declaration to preserve the secrecy of your ballot, to mark the ballot according to your wishes and to not attempt to influence your vote.

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Q12. What are the criteria to run for local government office?
In 2014 CVRD electors will elect:

  • One CVRD director for Electoral Area ‘A’ (Baynes Sound – Denman/Hornby Islands)
  • One CVRD director for Electoral Area ‘B’ (Lazo North)
  • One CVRD director for Electoral Area ‘C’ (Puntledge – Black Creek)
  • One School District No. 71 trustee for Electoral Area ‘A’ (Baynes Sound – Denman/Hornby Islands)
  • One SD71 trustee for Electoral Area ‘B’ (Lazo North)
  • One SD71 trustee for Electoral Area ‘C’ (Puntledge – Black Creek)
  • Two Islands Trust local area trustees for Hornby Island local trust area
  • Two Islands Trust local area trustees for Denman Island local trust area

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

  • 18 years or older on election day;
  • Canadian Citizen;
  • Resident of B.C. 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.
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Q13. When can candidates be nominated for the election?
Nominations can only be accepted during the nomination period set out in the Local Government Act. In 2014 the nomination period will begin on September 30, 2014 (46 days before election day) and end on October 10, 2014 (36 days before election day).

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Q14. How do I nominate a candidate for the election?
Nomination for office must be made by at least two (2) eligible nominators. In order to be eligible as a nominator, a person must be an elector of the Comox Valley Regional District electoral areas. Nomination forms will be available beginning on August 27, 2014 at the Comox Valley Regional District at 600 Comox Road, Courtenay B.C. V9N 3P6.

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