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2018 Sechelt Elector Qualifications

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DISTRICT OF SECHELT

2018 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

 

Are you eligible to vote in the District of Sechelt Council elections this October?

Is your name on the current list of electors?

 

If you are not sure you can find out by calling or visiting the District of Sechelt municipal hall, at (604)885-1986 - Second Floor, 5797 Cowrie Street - Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm (excluding holidays).

 

ELECTOR QUALIFICATIONS

RESIDENT ELECTORS:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day (October 20); and
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before registering to vote; and
  • a resident of the District of Sechelt for at least 30 days immediately 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); 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 registering to vote; 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 in an election and not otherwise disqualified by law; and
  • a person may only register as a non-resident property elector in relation to one parcel of property in the District of Sechelt

 

NOTE: No corporation is entitled to be registered as an elector or have a representative registered as an elector and no corporation is entitled to vote.

 

ADVANCE NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY ELECTOR REGISTRATION

Non-resident property elector registrations will be accepted at the District of Sechelt office until September 21, 2018. For your name to appear on the List of Registered Non-Resident Property Electors, your completed registration form, together with other required documentation (written consent of a majority of owners of the property where necessary and proof of ownership) must be received at the District of Sechelt office on or before that date. After September 21, 2018, with the exception of registrations on voting days, advance registration for non-resident property electors will not reopen until Monday, October 22, 2018.

 

Non-Resident Property Electors registering for the first time are encouraged to contact the District of Sechelt well in advance of voting opportunities to allow sufficient time for processing your application.

 

In addition to the above elector qualifications, Non-Resident Property Electors must provide:

  • proof of property ownership by producing a copy of property title or current Land Title Office search, registered agreement for sale, or 99 year lease document. Property Tax or BC Assessment documents are not acceptable. In most cases, election officials will be able to access a Land Title Office search on your behalf.
  • if there is more than one owner of the property, written consent from a majority of the other registered owners authorizing you to vote is required.  This consent must be on the prescribed form obtained in advance from the Chief Election Officer, or designate, at the District of Sechelt office. Forms are available by mail, fax, email or at the District’s web site at www.sechelt.ca.

 

RESIDENT ELECTOR REGISTRATION

The District of Sechelt does not require that resident electors register in advance. Eligible resident electors who are not on the List of Registered Electors, may apply to register on voting days by providing at least two pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity of the elector. If the elector does not have documentation showing residency, two pieces of identification are still required (at least one with a signature) and the elector must make a solemn declaration as to place of residence.

 

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 the address shown at the top of this notice, during regular office hours, Monday to Friday, excluding 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.

 

OBJECTION 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.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on these matters, visit www.sechelt.ca or contact:

Jo-Anne Frank, Chief Election Officer – 604-885-1986 – jfrank@sechelt.ca

Breanne Ostrosky, Deputy Chief Election Officer – 604-885-1986 – bostrosky@sechelt.ca