Voting Information

Voters were asked to vote for or against the following question on the ballot:

Are you in favour of the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) adopting Bylaw No. 362 being “Hornby Island Fire Protection Service (Fire Hall Construction) Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 362, 2015” to enable the CVRD to borrow $1,600,000 to construct a fire hall on Hornby Island?

SYNOPSIS

Bylaw No. 362 [PDF - 73 KB] being  “Hornby Island Fire Protection Service (Fire Hall Construction) Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 362, 2015” would provide funds to assist with constructing a new Hornby Island fire hall by borrowing $1,600,000 to be repaid over 20 years.  The service area that is subject of this bylaw includes the Hornby Island fire protection service. This synopsis is not an interpretation of the bylaw.

NOTES:

  • A full copy of the bylaw was available for inspection during regular office hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays) beginning March 10, 2015 until April 18, 2015, at the office of the Comox Valley Regional District, 600 Comox Road, Courtenay, and was also available for inspection on voting day.

Read more information about assent voting as per the Local Government Act.

GENERAL VOTING DAY

Regular polls were open on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Hornby Island elementary school located at 2100 Sollans Road, Hornby Island, BC. 

ADVANCE VOTING

Advance polls were held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Hornby Island community centre located at 4305 Central Road, Hornby Island, BC. 

SPECIAL VOTING

Special polls were held at the CVRD boardroom located at 550B Comox Road, Courtenay on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

MAIL BALLOT VOTING

Qualified electors may have voted 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.

Mail ballot package was available by contacting the CVRD office for an “Application to vote by mail in person at 600 Comox Road, Courtenay, BC, by phone at 250-334-6070 or by email.

The CVRD sent out mail ballot packages beginning on or about March 15, 2015. To ensure your vote will be counted, your mail ballot along with all required paperwork must have been received by the chief election officer at the CVRD office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015. 

ELECTOR REGISTRATION

There was no need to pre-register to vote, as the registration of all electors for this referendum that took place at the time of voting. The Comox Valley Regional District uses “voting day only registration” and therefore does not maintain a voters list.

REQUIREMENTS

You will be required to make a declaration that you meet the following requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older;
  • Canadian citizen
  • Resident of BC for at least six months immediately preceding voting day
  • Resident OR registered owner of property in the Hornby Island fire protection service area for at least 30 days immediately preceding voting day
  • Not otherwise disqualified by law from voting.

NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY ELECTOR REQUIREMENTS

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the election or assent voting;
  • A Canadian citizen;
  • A resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; 
  •  A registered owner of real property in the Hornby Island Fire Protections Services area for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration;
  • The only persons who are registered owners of the real property, either as joint tenants in common, are individuals who are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust;
  • Not disqualified under the LGA or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law;
  • If there is more than one registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector.

Resident electors were also required to produce two pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary.  The identification must prove both residency and identity. 

Non-resident property electors must have produced two pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity, proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property, and, if applicable, written consent from the other property owners. Non-resident property elector certificates will be available at all voting locations on general voting day and during advance voting. Non-resident property electors are encouraged to contact the CVRD before voting day to confirm eligibility and documentation requirements.

Note:  If there is more than one registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may have, with the written consent of the majority of the owners, registered as a non-resident property elector.

James Warren
Chief Election Officer