The next Local Government Election will take place on Saturday, November 15th, 2014. Elections for directors to represent the electoral areas historically occurred every three years as part of the General Local Election system in British Columbia. Recent changes to the Local Government Act have increased the local government term of office to four years following the 2014 Election. Those elected will serve a four year term commencing December 2014 and ending November 2018.
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District passed a by-law in May which allows for mail-in ballots. These may be used by someone with a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity; expect to be absent from the regional district on general voting day and at the times of advance voting opportunities or who reside in a location accessible only by boat, aircraft or remote forest service road.
An elector wishing to vote by mail ballot must apply to the Chief Electoral Officer by giving their name; mailing address and the property address for where they reside or for where they are registering as a non-resident property elector. The Chief Electoral Office will then mail or make available in the manner requested by the Elector, a mail ballot package to the person who applied.
At each election, resident electors or non-resident property electors are required to register at the time of voting. Registration is effective only for the voting being conducted at that time.
You can vote as non-resident property elector if you are a Canadian citizen; are 18 years of age or more on general voting day; have lived in BC for at least six months before you register to vote; and have owned the property for at least 30 days before you register to vote.
Only one non-resident property owner may vote for each property. If two or more non-resident property owners own a single piece of property, the majority of owners must designate, in writing, one owner as the non-resident property elector for that property.
You may not vote in a BC local government election (as either a resident elector or a non-resident property elector) if you have been convicted of an indictable offence and are in custody or have been found guilty of an election offence.