ELECTIONS AND VOTING
Elected Officials – Running for Office
All regional district electoral area directors are elected for a three-year term. Municipal directors are appointed to the regional district board at the pleasure of their respective councils.
Any Canadian citizen who is eligible to vote in the province of BC is qualified to run for election as a board director. Candidates do not need to own property in the area, however, they must have resided in BC for six consecutive months.
For more information, please refer to the Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Development elections website .
There are several voting opportunities on matters of local importance including elections, by-elections and referendums.
The next local government elections will be held in 2014.
Elections for electoral area director positions on regional boards are held throughout the province every three years
By-elections are held as necessary to fill vacancies on the board.
Referendums are held on questions on which regional boards have the power to act, they may be held at the same time as local elections or at other times.
Alternate Approval Process (AAP)
For certain actions that require public approval, local governments can use an alternate approval process instead of the voting process. In this case the regional district advertises its proposed action in local papers. If 10% of the eligible voters oppose the proposal in the time period provided, elected officials must reconsider the decision or hold a vote (referendum). If less than 10% of eligible votes do not register their opposition, the proposal may go ahead.
Are you entitled to vote?
You are entitled to be registered as an elector and vote in local elections and referendums if you:
• are at least 18 years of age;
• are a Canadian citizen;
• have resided in BC for 6 consecutive months prior to seeking registration as an elector;
• have either resided or owned property in the electoral are for 30 days prior to registration;
• are not under sentence for an indictable offence or currently in custody or in prison;
• have not been found guilty of an elections offence such as double voting or buying votes;
• have not been disqualified under the Local Government Act or any law in force in BC.
The CVRD uses ‘same day registration’ for voting opportunities. This means that all voters will need to show two pieces of identification at the time of voting. The ID must show your residential address and one of them must have 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.
A person owning property that is registered in a corporate name will not be eligible to register for that property.
If you live in one municipality/electoral area and own property in another municipality/electoral area, you may be eleigible to register as a non-resident property elector and vote on the issues in that area.
If there is more than one registered owner on a property for which a non-resident property owner wishes to register, only one person is entitled to vote.