ELECTIONS

2018 MUNICIPAL ELECTION INFORMATION

The next civic election will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018 where eligible voters will be voting for one (1) Mayor and four (4) Councillors for a four year term.  Please check back as more information will become available closer to the 2018 election.

NOMINATION PACKAGES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE VILLAGE OFFICE JULY 27,  10:00 a.m.

2018 Election Key Dates

GUIDE TO LOCAL ELECTIONS CAMPAIGN FINANCING IN B.C.

Through this Election site, the public can also access frequently asked questions:

CANDIDATES

Are you curious about being a candidate?

  1. What is the criteria to run for Local Government Office?

    On October 20, 2018, Village of Chase voters will elect one mayor, and four councilors.  To be eligible to run as a candidate, at the time of nomination a person must meet the following criteria. 

    You are:

    • 18 years of age or older on the day of voting;
    • a Canadian citizen;
    • a resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to voting day;
    • not disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, or by law from voting in a local election.

    To learn more about being a candidate, please visit the Elections BCwebsite.

    Please check back regularly for updated related to the 2018 Local Government Election.

  2. What are the regulations for posting election/political signage?

    Please be advised that Village of Chase has a Sign Bylaw. Furthermore the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure regulates signage along provincial highways.

     

  3. Thinking of running for local office?

    The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has new resources for people  considering running in local elections.  Please check out information about the roles and responsibilities of elected local officials here.

  4. I have a contract to work for the City – can I still run for Office?

    Per section 82(1) of the Local Government Act, a contractor is not considered an ’employee’ of the City so you are able to run for Office.  Full disclosure of your contract with the City would be appropriate.

 

VOTERS

  1. Am I eligible to vote?

    You are eligible to vote in the Village of Chase if you meet ALL of the following requirements. 

    You are:

    • 18 years of age or older on the day of voting;
    • a Canadian citizen;
    • a resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to voting day  (April 19, 2018);
    • a resident of the Village of Chase at least 30 days prior to voting day (September 19, 2018);
    • Are not disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, or by law from voting in a local election.

  2. What am I voting for?

    Eligible Village of Chase voters will be electing one (1) Mayor, and four (4) Councillors.  Check out the local newspaper, candidate’s websites and ‘All Candidates Forums’ to stay informed.

  3. When and where can I vote?

    The next civic election is October 20, 2018.  Dates of advance voting is Wednesday October 10, 2018. Eligible voters can cast their vote at the Polling Place, the Village of Chase Community Hall.

  4. Why should I vote?

    Voting in a civic election is an important part of the democratic process. Elected Officials make many decisions that affect you, your family and your neighbours every day. Your vote counts! 

  5. Do I need to register to vote?

    The Village of Chase does not utilize a voters list – registration is done at the time of voting and the process is as follows:

    • Each eligible voter produces two (2) pieces of acceptable identification (see list under ‘What identification should I bring to the voting location?’);
    • Each eligible voter signs a declaration that they qualify (see ‘Am I Eligible to Vote’); and
    • For the Voting Book, each eligible voter must provide their full name, residential address, last six digits of their Social Insurance Number OR Date of Birth AND every elector must sign the Voting Book.

  6. What identification should I bring to the voting location?

    Please bring two pieces of identification which include your address and signature. Examples of acceptable identification:

    • B.C. Driver’s License
    • B.C. Identification Card
    • Owner’s Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle License issued by ICBC
    • B.C. Services Card, B.C. CareCard or Gold CareCard
    • Ministry of Social Development Income Assistance Monthly Report Form
    • Social Insurance Card
    • Citizenship card
    • Property tax notice issued by the Village of Chase
    • Credit or debit card
    • Utility bill (electricity, natural gas, water, telephone or cable service)
    • Student card

    Please note the combination B.C. Driver’s License/Care Card is ONE piece of identification.

  7. I am a Chase property owner but do not live in the Village of Chase. Am I eligible to vote?

    Yes, you must provide proof of ownership of the property for which are voting and you meet ALL of the following requirements. 

    You are:

    • 18 years of age or older on the day of voting;
    • a Canadian citizen;
    • a resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to voting day (April 19, 2018);
    • a registered owner of real property in the Village of Chase for at least 30 days immediately before today (September 19, 2018);
    • not disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, or by law from voting in a local election.

    If there is more than one person on title for the property, you must provide written permission from the majority of property owners authorizing you as the sole individual to vote for that property.  Please find the Non-Resident Property Elector – Consent Form here.

  8. I own multiple properties in the Village of Chase but live elsewhere, can I vote for each one?

    No, you may vote only once as non-resident property owner if you own two or more properties and you must meet all other requirements  in the previous question.

  9. English is my second language, can I bring someone in to assist me?

    If you have difficulty reading or writing English, you may bring a translator to assist at the voting location. The person assisting will be required to complete and sign a declaration in order to provide translation help.

  10. I have a disability, will I receive support at the voting location?

    If you have difficulty entering the voting location, you may request to receive and mark your ballot outside (curbside voting). Election officials  will provide you with a ballot and a secrecy sleeve. You may choose to have someone who is accompanying you deposit the ballot in the voting machine or request an election official to do this for you.

    If you require assistance with voting, you may also bring someone with you into the voting location to help you vote.  Please note they will be required to complete and sign a declaration in order to provide support.

  11. What if I am out of town on Election Day, how can I vote?

    The Advance Voting Day is Wednesday October 10 to allow those electors that would otherwise be absent from the Village of Chase on Election Day.  These dates will be advertised on the City’s website and in the local newspaper. 

 

STAFF

  1. How to apply to work during the 2018 Village of Chase Civic Election?

    Should we require staffing for the 2018 Local Government Election, information and applications will be posted on our website.

Elector and Candidate Informational Brochures

  1. General Local Elections 101

    Courtesy of the Province of B.C., this brochure answers a few of the basic questions about local government elections – click here

  2. Voter’s Guide

    Courtesy of the Province of B.C., this brochure answers basic questions about voting in local government elections – click here

  3. Thinking About Running for Local Office?

    Courtesy of the Province of B.C., this brochure helps potential candidates with answers to questions – click here

  4. What Every Candidate Needs to Know

    Courtesy of the Province of B.C., this brochure helps potential candidates with the nomination process – click here

For more information contact the Chief Election Officer at ELECTIONS@CHASEBC.CA

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