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Elections for directors to represent the electoral areas occur every four (4) years as part of the General Local Election system in British Columbia. The next local government elections will be held in October, 2022. Directors may be elected by acclamation (in the case of a single qualified candidate) or by voting (where there is more than one qualified candidate).
Voting in local elections is limited to residents and property owners of the voting jurisdiction who meet minimum statutory qualifications.
In the event a vacancy occurs for a director, a by-election to fill the vacancy will usually be held as soon as reasonably possible.
In addition to elections and by-elections, the Regional District may also hold a vote (assent voting/referendum) to determine public opinion on a matter, or to obtain the assent of the electors on a proposed bylaw.
Click on the link below for the appropriate section:
How Do I Vote?
Am I on the Voters' List?
Voter Qualifications - Residents Elector
Voter Qualifications - Non-residents (property) Elector
How to Register?
Where Do I Vote?
General Local Election
To vote in an election, you must be registered as an elector (resident or non resident). If your name does not appear on the List of Electors for your electoral area, you are not a registered elector. If you qualify to vote, you may register at the time of voting.
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) 352-8173 or 1-800-268-7325.
You may vote in a General Local Election as a Resident Elector if you meet all of the following criteria:
To determine residency for a resident elector the criteria are as follows:
If you own property in one place but live in another, you have the right to vote both where you live and where you own property subject to the conditions noted below.
You may vote in a General Local Election as a Non-Resident (Property) Elector if you meet all of the following criteria:
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 or a Non-Resident (Property) Elector registration application form 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.
**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:
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:
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.
Voting place locations will be advertised in local newspapers and posted on this web page, 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 map.
You may be eligible to register and vote by mail if you have a physical disability, illness or injury that prevents you from attending a voting place at any of the voting opportunities. You may also be eligible if you reside in a specific and remote area of the Regional District or if you expect to be absent on general voting day and all advance voting days. For more detailed information about mail voting procedures, contact the Chief Election Officer at (250) 352-8153 or 1-800-268-7325.
From time to time the Regional Board may determine that assent voting/referendum should be held. If so, information on that will be posted on the RDCK website.
The Regional Board may also determine that the Alternative Approval Process be used to gain the approval of electors.
Click here for Infomration on the Alternative Approval Process.
The Government of British Columbia has information and documents available regarding Local Government Elections, which includes Candidate and Voters Guides. To view the British Columbia Local Government Election information, click here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/local-governments/governance-powers/general-local-elections
For more information regarding Regional District of Central Kootenay Elections/Assent Voting process contact:
Chief Election Officer
Phone: (250) 352-8173
Deputy Chief Election Officer
Phone: (250) 352-8160
The content on this page was last updated October 23 2020 at 10:58 AM