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Who can vote?

You are eligible to vote in the upcoming proposed Mount Washington resort community fire protection service referendum if you meet all of the following requirements:  

  1. You must be 18 years of age or older on voting day (September 17, 2016).
  2. You must be a Canadian citizen.
  3. You must have been a resident of B.C. for at least 6 months immediately before you register to vote.
  4. You must be a: 

(a)    Resident elector – anyone residing in the household in the proposed service area (including renters/tenants) of the proposed service area for at least 30 days immediately before the vote.

 OR

(b)   Non-resident elector – you live elsewhere in BC but have owned a property in the proposed service area for at least 30 days prior to the vote; OR you are the holder of a registered lease of a property in the proposed service area for a term of at least 99 years.

  1. You must not have been disqualified by law from voting.

Important information for non-resident property electors:

  • Non-resident property electors are allowed to cast only one ballot, even if they own multiple properties in the proposed service area.
     
  • 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 to vote on behalf of all the owners.
     
  • A property does not qualify for a non-resident vote if it is owned in whole or in part by a trust or corporation.
     
  • In order to vote, non-resident property electors need to bring the following to the voting place:
    • Two pieces of identification, at least one must show their signature and one must show their residential address (Photo ID is not required); AND
       
  • Proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property (for example a state of title certificate or 99 year lease agreement - According to case law, a lease with a term stated as 60 years plus two 20 year renewals does not qualify as a lease of at least 99 years; the wording of the lease must be 60 years plus two 20 year extensions in order to be considered a lease of at least 99 years; AND
     
  • Written consent of majority of property owners for one of the owners to vote if the property is owned by more than one individual. 

To make sure you have the required documentation to vote, you should contact the CVRD offices at elections@comoxvalleyrd.ca or phone 250-334-6000 for more information about voting as a non-resident property elector before coming to a voting place. 

How can I vote?

In person on referendum day:  Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at:

  • Alpine Lodge, (Marmot level), #1 Strathcona Parkway, Mount Washington, BC

In person at advance voting:  Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at:

  • CVRD boardroom located at 550B Comox Road, Courtenay, BC.

By Mail:

The CVRD will conduct mail ballot voting for this referendum.  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 regional district on voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities.

An “application to vote by mail” may be obtained by contacting the CVRD in person, by phone at 250-334-6000 or by email at administration@comoxvalleyrd.ca. Packages will be mailed out on or about August 9, 2016.  In order to be counted, mail ballot votes must be received by the chief election officer no later than 8 pm on Saturday, September 17, 2016. 

Note: In the event of a postal strike, it is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain the mail ballot package (ie, pay for courier service to pick up your mail ballot package from CVRD and deliver the completed forms and ballot to the CVRD or have another individual pick up the mail ballot package for you and deliver it to you to fill out and bring the completed forms and ballot back to the CVRD)

How do you register to vote?

The CVRD uses ‘voting day only registration’ and therefore does not have a voters list.  You must meet all of the previously noted criteria to be eligible to vote either as a resident elector or non-resident property elector by mail or in person. More detailed information on requirements is provided below.

In-person registration and voting – If you are registering to vote as a resident elector, you will be required to produce two pieces of identification. At least one must show your signature and one must show your residential address. Photo ID is not required.  You will be required to make a declaration that you meet all the requirements to vote before receiving a ballot. 

If you are registering to vote as a non-resident property elector, you will be required to produce two pieces of identification, at least one must show your signature and one must show your actual residential address. Photo ID is not required; AND you must provide proof that you are entitled to register in relation to the property (for example a state of title certificate or 99 year lease agreement); AND if the property is owned by more than one individual, you must provide written consent of majority of property owners for you to vote on their behalf. Owner consent forms can be provided to you to fill out in advance of voting day by contacting the CVRD offices at elections@comoxvalleyrd.ca or phone 250-334-6000. You will be required to make a declaration that you meet all the requirements to vote before receiving a ballot. 

Mail ballot registration and voting

By applying to vote by mail, you will receive either resident elector or non-resident property elector voter registration documentation along with your ballot that you will be required to fill out; AND you will be required to provide photocopies of the two pieces of identification as indicated above and, if a non-resident property elector, provide photocopies of proof of property ownership and complete a signed owner consent form if more than one person owns the property.

When you submit your mail ballot voting package, including registration forms, photocopies of identification and ballot, you will be registered to vote.

What ID is acceptable for registration purposes?

A voter must produce two pieces of identification. At least one must show their signature and one must show their actual residential address. Photo ID is not required.

Examples of acceptable ID include:

  • BC driver’s license 
  • BC identification card issued by the Motor Vehicle Branch
  • BC services card (note: where the driver’s license and care card are combined, that is treated as one piece of ID)
  • An Owner’s certificate of Insurance and Vehicle License issued by ICBC
  • A social insurance number card
  • A tax notice
  • A credit card or debit card
  • A firearm permit
  • A utility bill such as a hydro bill, telephone bill, natural gas bill, water bill or cable bill, showing residential address. 

If a voter does not have two pieces of ID to prove both identity and residency, they can provide two pieces of ID to prove identity (including at least one with a signature) and make a solemn declaration [PDF - 47 KB] as to residency.

If submitting a solemn declaration of residency by mail ballot, you will be required to have a notary witness and sign your declaration of residency, or have it witnessed in advance of Voting day at the CVRD office, 600 Comox Road, Courtenay, BC. by either the Chief or Deputy Chief Election Officer.

Contacting the Chief Election Officer
600 Comox Road, Courtenay, B.C. V9N 3P6
Tel: 250-334-6000
Fax: 250-334-4358
Email: elections@comoxvalleyrd.ca