Voter Information

Who is eligible to vote?

You may vote in the 2014 General Election as a resident elector if: 

  • 18 years of age or older on November 15, 2014; and
  • A Canadian citizen; and
  • A resident of the Electoral Area for at least 30 days prior to voting day (October 15, 2014); and
  • A resident of BC for at least 6 months prior to voting day (May 13, 2014); and
  • Not disqualified by law from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

If you do not live in the Regional District, but are an owner of property, you may qualify as a non-resident property elector.

Please consult the Voter's Guide to Local Elections in BC.

Am I on the Voters' List?

The Regional District of Central Kootenay uses the Provincial Voters' List as its List of Resident Electors. If you are registered as a provincial voter, you will automatically be registered as an elector. If you have previously registered as a non-resident property elector, you will continue to be registered as an elector. To find out if you are on the List of Electors, please contact the Chief Election Officer at 250-352-8153.

How to Register

The RDCK conducts advanced voter registration. The RDCK also accepts voter registration on the day of general voting. You must submit a completed Resident Elector registration application form [PDF - 38 KB] or a Non-Resident (Property) Elector registration application form [PDF - 33 KB] and accompanying documents in order to register.

To register on general voting day Resident Electors and Non-Resident (Property) Electors must produce two pieces of identification. This identification should prove both residency and identity. At least one piece must include a signature.

Acceptable identification includes:

  1. BC Driver’s Licence
  2. BC CareCard or Gold CareCard
  3. BC Identification Card
  4. Citizenship Card
  5. Social Insurance Card
  6. Credit Card

**Note to Non-Resident (Property) Electors: When you register to vote as a Non-Resident (Property) Elector, you will be required to bring a couple of additional pieces of documentation:

  1. If applicable, written consent [PDF - 9 KB] from a majority of the registered owners stating that you are the one owner of the property who is designated as the Non-Resident (Property) Elector for that property,
  2. Proof of ownership of the property in question (for example, your tax notice, or a certificate of title printout).
    A utility bill or other similar documentation is NOT proof of ownership.

Do I need to register prior to voting?

No.  If you qualify to vote, you may register at the time of voting.

To register, resident electors are required to produce two (2) pieces of ID that together prove who you are and where you live.  One MUST have your signature.

Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • BC Driver's License
  • BC CareCard or GoldCard
  • BC Identification Card
  • Citizenship Card
  • Credit or Debit Card
  • ICBC Certificate of Insurance
  • Residential Property Tax Notice
  • Social Insurance Card
  • Utility Bill

Other forms of identification may be accepted, at the discretion of the Presiding Election Official at the voting place.

Are landed immigrants eligible to vote?
No.  You must be a Canadian citizen to vote.

What does 'disqualified from voting' mean?
You may not vote in a British Columbia local government election if you have been convicted of an indictable offence and are in custody or have been found guilty of an election offence.

Where Do I Vote?

Voting place locations will be advertised in local newspapers and posted here [PDF - 57 KB] once an election or other voting opportunity has been declared by the Chief Election Officer. 

If you are unsure as to which electoral area you live or own property in, please refer to the RDCK’s web based interactive mapping tool.

Can I Vote by Mail?

You may qualify to vote by mail-in ballot. Click here for more information.

More Information

Chief Election Officer
Randy Matheson
(250) 352-8153
rmatheson@rdck.bc.ca

Deputy Chief Election Officer
Anitra Winje 
(250) 352-8166
awinje@rdck.bc.ca

 

The content on this page was last updated November 15 2014 at 1:45 PM