Municipal elections for Mayor, councillors, and school trustees are held every four years. The next municipal election will be held on October 20, 2018.

Key Dates

  • March 13, 2018 - Last day to meet six (6) month B.C. residency requirement for candidate.
  • April 19, 2018 - Last day to meet six (6) month B.C. residency requirement for electors registering on Voting Day.
  • August 7, 2018 - Nomination and endorsement packages available.
  • September 4, 2018 to September 14, 2018 - Nomination period.
  • September 4, 2018 - Nomination period begins at 9:00am.
  • September 14, 2018 - Nomination period closes at 4:00pm (late submissions CANNOT be accepted).
  • September 18, 2018 – 4 p.m. deadline to challenge nominations or elector organizations endorsements at 4:00pm.
  • September 21, 2018 - Deadlines for:
    • Decision on challenge of candidate nomination.
    • Withdrawal of candidate.
    • Withdrawal of candidate endorsement by elector organization.
  • September 22, 2018 to October 20, 2018 - Campaign period.
  • October 10, 2018 - Advanced Voting Day from 8:00am to 8:00pm.
  • October 16, 2018 - Advanced Voting Day from 8:00am to 8:00pm.
  • October 20, 2018 - General Voting Day from 8:00am to 8:00pm.
  • October 24, 2018 – 4 p.m. deadline to declare and report official results
  • November 7, 2018 - Inaugural Council Meeting (Oath of Office).
  • January 18, 2019 - Deadline for submission of Campaign Financing Disclosure Statement. Must be submitted directly to Elections BC.
  • February 18, 2019 - Late Campaign Financing Disclosure Statement subject to a $500 late filing fee. Must be submitted directly to Elections BC.

 

Information for Candidates

2018 Election Notice of Nomination (click to download PDF)

Nomination packages will be available at the Municipal Hall on August 7, 2018. No appointment necessary to pick up a package but an appointment must be made to submit nomination forms. The instructions are in the package. 

The District of Sechelt requires that two (2) qualified electors nominate a candidate.

Candidates Guide to Local Elections in BC provides useful advice for candidates including the financial reporting requirements. 

This Province of BC web site provides helpful information and videos.

 

Voting Information

Useful links from Elections BC: 

Other Informational Links:

 

Advance Voting Opportunities

Qualified electors may vote in advance of General Voting Day on October 10 or 16, 2018, from 8:00 am to 8:00 p.m., at the First Floor of the library/municipal hall building at 5797 Cowrie Street, Sechelt

 

General Voting Day

General Voting Day is October 20, 2018, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Qualified electors may vote at:

  • Royal Canadian Legion, 5591 Wharf Avenue
  • Davis Bay Elementary School, 5078 Davis Bay Road
  • West Sechelt Elementary School, 5609 Mason Road

 

Mail Ballot Voting

WHO CAN VOTE BY MAIL?

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 District of Sechelt on general voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities.

REQUESTING A MAIL BALLOT PACKAGE

Those electors wishing to vote by mail are requested to submit a completed Application to Vote by Mail to the Chief Election Officer as soon as possible. If you are not on the Voters List, Elector registration may be done in conjunction with mail voting.

Applications will be accepted by mail, email, or fax. Ballot packages will be mailed between on or about October 1st to and including October 18, 2018. To be counted, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than no later than 8:00 p.m. on General Voting Day, Saturday, October 20, 2018. You are responsible for ensuring that your completed ballot is received by the Chief Election Officer by that time.

REGISTERING TO VOTE

Contact the District of Sechelt office at 604-885-1986 or email Elections@Sechelt.ca. if you wish to confirm that your name is on the District of Sechelt List of Electors, or for information on how to register a change of name or address. If your name is not on the List of Electors, an application form will be included in your mail ballot package.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Jo-Anne Frank, Chief Election Officer
Breanne Ostrosky, Deputy Chief Election Officer
Jennifer Chamberlain, Corporate Services Administrative Assistant

Address: Second Floor, 5797 Cowrie Street (PO Box 129), Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0
Phone: 604-885-1986
Fax: 604-885-7591
Email: Elections@Sechelt.ca
Website: Sechelt.ca


Do I qualify to vote?

The District of Sechelt uses same-day voter registration. Voters do not need to register in advance to vote in the District of Sechelt local election.

Voters must present at least two documents of acceptable identification at the voting station that will provide proof of identity and place of residence. At least one of the two documents must contain a signature.

Examples of Acceptable Identification

  • BC Driver’s License
  • BC Identification Card
  • BC Care Card
  • BC Gold Care Card
  • Credit Card issued by National Bank
  • Debit Card issued by National Bank
  • Canadian Passport
  • Sechelt Property Tax Notice
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
  • Government Issued Military Identification Card
  • Firearms Possession and Acquisition License
  • Certificate of Indian Status
  • Current Utility Bill – Containing Elector’s Name and Address
  • Owners Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle License (issued by ICBC)
  • Other documents which are deemed sufficient by the Chief Election Officer, or designate.

 

NOTE: Combination BC Services Card and BC Drivers Licence only count as one document

Residents:

  • 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day (October 20, 2018); and
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months before registering to vote; and
  • a resident of the District of Sechelt for at least 30 days before registering to vote; and
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election and not otherwise disqualified by law.

Non-resident property electors:

  • 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day (October 20, 2018); and
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before registering to vote; and
  • a registered owner of real property in the District of Sechelt for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
  • the only persons who are registered owners of the property, either as joint tenants or tenants in common, are individuals who are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust; and
  • not entitled to register as a resident elector; and
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting and not otherwise disqualified by law; and
  • 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.

 

List of registered electors

Beginning September 4, 2018 until the close of general voting for the election on October 20, 2018, a copy of the list of registered electors will be available for public inspection at the District of Sechelt office at Second Floor, 5797 Cowrie Street, District of Sechelt , during regular office hours, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. 

Before inspecting the list, a person must sign a statement that they will not inspect the list or use the information included in the list except for the purposes of Part 3 – Electors and Elections of the Local Government Act. An elector may request that their address or other information about them be omitted from or obscured on the list of electors.

 

Objections to registration of an elector

An objection to the registration of a person whose name appears on the list of registered electors may be made in accordance with the Local Government Act until 4:00 pm on September 14, 2018. An objection must be in writing and may only be made by a person entitled to be registered as an elector of the District of Sechelt and can only be made on the basis that a person whose name appears on the list of electors has died or that a person whose name appears on the list of electors is not qualified to be registered as an elector of the District of Sechelt.