2022 District of Sechelt Election

Information for voters

Voters will elect one mayor, six councillors and three school trustees on October 15, 2022. Two advance voting days are scheduled for October 5 and 11.

 

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Where to Vote

Advance Voting Opportunities - October 5 and 11, 8am to 8pm

  • Sechelt Library/Municipal Hall, main floor, 5797 Cowrie Street

General Voting Day - October 15, 2022, 8am to 8pm

  • Davis Bay Elementary, 5078 Davis Bay Road
  • Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre, 5604 Trail Avenue
  • West Sechelt Elementary, 5609 Mason Road

Vote by Mail Ballot

  • You are allowed to vote by mail if you are qualified and registered as a resident elector (you live in Sechelt), or if you are a non-resident property elector (you own property in Sechelt)
  • Complete the Mail Voting Application form and return to the District of Sechelt office by hand delivery, mail, fax or email before October 13, 2022.
  • Your application must be received at the District office no later than 4pm on Thursday October 13, 2022.
  •  Note that the standard delivery for regular mail sent inside Canada is two business days for local mail, three business days within the province, 4 business days for national mail.
  • Upon receiving an application to vote by mail, the District of Sechelt will begin sending out mail ballot packages on or about September 28, 2022.

 

Registration

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.

Non-Resident Property Electors can complete the following forms to register:

  1. Application Form
  2. Consent Form

Non-Resident Property Elector registrations can be returned to the District of Sechelt Municipal Hall at 5797 Cowrie Street, 2nd Floor, Sechelt, BC, V0N 3A0, or elections@sechelt.ca by mail, email or in person. The forms can also be presented at the polls for registration on voting day.

 

Identification

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

 

Elector Qualifications

Resident Electors:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day (October 15, 2022); and 
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months 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

When a person lives in one jurisdiction and owns property in one or more other jurisdictions, they may vote once in each of the other jurisdictions where they own property – as long as they meet these voter eligibility requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day (October 15, 2022); 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
  • 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.

NOTE: A person cannot vote on behalf of a corporation, or as a non-resident property elector, based on a property owned wholly or in part by a corporation.

 

List of Registered Electors

Beginning August 30, 2022 until the close of general voting for the election on October 15, 2022, 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. 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.