By-Election: Electoral Area A

For more information:

Kristen Clark
Chief Election Officer
Telephone: 604-894-6371 ext. 230
Email: kclark@slrd.bc.ca

Phillipa Campbell
Deputy Chief Election Officer
Telephone: 604-894-6371 ext. 234
Email: pcampbell@slrd.bc.ca

 

2020 By-Election

A by-election for Electoral Area A was held on Saturday February 15, 2020. The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Electoral Area A Director John Courchesne.

In this by-election, eligible electors in Electoral Area A will choose one director to serve on the SLRD Board for the remainder of the 2018-2022 term.

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Key Election Dates

DETAILS DATE
Appointment of Chief Election Officer November 27, 2019
Start of Nomination Period December 31, 2019
Close of Nomination Period January 10, 2020
Deadline to Challenge Nominations January 14, 2020
Deadline for Court to Hear and Determine Challenge January 17, 2020
Deadline for Candidates to Withdraw January 17, 2020

Deadline to Declare Election by Voting or by Acclamation

January 20, 2020
First day that electors (if eligible) can request mail ballot packages January 29, 2020
First day mail ballot packages can be made available to eligible electors February 5, 2020
1st Advance Voting Day (Location: Gold Bridge) February 5, 2020
2nd Advance Voting Day (Location: Pemberton) February 10, 2020
Last day to Obtain Mail Ballot (if eligible) February 13, 2020
By-Election General Voting Day (Location: Gold Bridge) February 15, 2020

Candidate Nomination Information

The nomination period for this by-election closed January 10, 2020. 

Qualifications for Office

A person is qualified to be nominated, elected and to hold office as a member of local government if they meet the following criteria:

  • Canadian citizen;
  • 18 years of age or older as of February 15, 2020;
  • Resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and
  • Not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office.

A candidate does not have to live or own property in Electoral Area A.

List of Candidates

As of 4:00 p.m. on January 10, 2020, the nomination period has ended. The Chief Election Officer has now declared as candidates the two candidates that have been nominated. 

NAME NOMINATION PAPERS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (OPTIONAL)
DeMare, Sal Download

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Oakley, Steve

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Not provided to SLRD

The deadline to challenge nominations is January 14, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.  The deadline for candidates to withdraw is January 17, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Please note the following: 

  • Nomination documents are available for public inspection in the SLRD’s offices during normal business hours.
  • A person who inspects or otherwise accesses nomination documents must not use the information included in them except for the purposes indicated in the Local Government Act or Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.

Voting Dates, Times and Locations

Voting will be available at the following dates, times and places for qualified electors.

VOTING DAY DATE  LOCATION VOTING HOURS
Advance #1 Wednesday February 5, 2020 

Gold Bridge Community Club

699 Gun Lake Road, Gold Bridge

8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Advance #2

Monday February 10, 2020

SLRD Administration Office

1350 Aster Street, Pemberton

8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

General Voting Day Saturday February 15, 2020

Gold Bridge Community Club

699 Gun Lake Road, Gold Bridge

8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Voter Information

Same Day Registration

Registration of all electors for the by-election will take place at the time of voting (there is no voter pre-registration).

Elector Qualifications

A Resident Elector is qualified to vote if the following criteria are met:

  • 18 years of age or older as of the general voting date (i.e. February 15, 2020)
  • a Canadian citizen
  • a resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration (i.e. the day that the person votes);
  • a resident of Electoral Area A for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration (i.e. the day that the person votes);  and
  • ​not be disqualified from voting under the Local Government Act or any other enactment or not be otherwise disqualified by law from voting.

A Non-Resident Elector is qualified to vote if the following criteria is met:

  • 18 years of age or older as of the general voting date (i.e. February 15, 2020);
  • a Canadian Citizen;
  • a resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration (i.e. the day that the person votes);
  • a registered owner of real property within Electoral Area A for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration (i.e. the day that the person votes);
  • are not entitled to register as a resident elector in Electoral Area A;
  • where more than one non-resident person owns the property, the person wishing to vote in respect of that property must provide, at the time of voting, written consent from a majority of the property owners;
  • who holds the real property in trust for a corporation or another trust is not eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector; and
  • not be disqualified from voting under the Local Government Act or any other enactment or not be otherwise disqualified by law from voting.

What to Bring to Vote

In order to be registered as an elector on an advance voting day or on the general voting day, please ensure you bring the correct documents.  

Resident property electors:

  • You must provide 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove both your identity and your residency in Electoral Area A.

Non-resident property electors must produce:

  • You must provide 2 pieces of identification to prove your identity
  • You must provide proof you are entitled to register in relation to the property (i.e. recent certificate of title, property tax bill or property assessment notice); and
  • If you are not the sole owner of the property for which they are voting, you must also provide a Non-Resident Property Elector Consent Form signed by the majority of the registered owners. Unsigned or incomplete consent forms will not be accepted. 

Acceptable forms of identification include: 

  • British Columbia Driver's Licence,
  • BC identification card within the meaning of the Identification Card Regulation
  • Photo BC services card within the meaning of the Identification Card Regulation
  • Non-photo BC services card within the meaning of the Identification Card Regulation
  • Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence issued by ICBC
  • BC CareCard or BC Gold CareCard
  • Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form SDES8
  • Social Insurance Number card or confirmation of Social Insurance Number letter issued by the government of Canada
  • Citizenship Card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • real property tax notice issued under section 21 of the Taxation (Rural Area) Act
  • credit card or debit card
  • utility bill issued for the supply of electricity, natural gas, water, telephone services or coaxial cable services

Click here to view the full list of documents that may be accepted as per the Local Government Elections Regulations.

Mail Ballots

Mail ballot voting will be available for the by-election to eligible electors.

Who is Eligible to Vote by Mail Ballot?

The general voting day for the by-election for the Electoral Area A Director will be held on Saturday February 15, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Gold Bridge Community Club in Gold Bridge, BC.

You are eligible to vote by mail if you are a qualified elector and:

  • have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects your ability to vote on the general voting day (February 15, 2020 in Gold Bridge) and on the advance voting days (February 5, 2020 in Gold Bridge and February 10, 2020 in Pemberton) OR
  • you expect to be absent from Electoral Area A on February 15, 2020 and on the advance voting days.

How to Request a Mail Ballot Package

Between January 29, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and Thursday February 13, 2020 at 4:00 p.m., you can request a mail ballot package by submitting the following information to the SLRD Administration Office by mail (Box 219, 1350 Aster Street, Pemberton, BC V0N 2L0), by fax (604-894-6526) or by email (kclark@slrd.bc.ca):

  1. Your full name;
  2. Your residential address;
  3. The address of the property in relation to which you are voting (for non-resident property electors);
  4. Method of delivery of your mail ballot package (your choice of the following):
    • pick up at the SLRD Administration Office (1350 Aster Street in Pemberton), OR
    • regular lettermail service through Canada Post to your residential address, OR
    • regular lettermail service through Canada Post to an alternate address that you provide when requesting the ballot package, and
  5. To ensure you receive the correct registration application form in your package, you must indicate whether you are going to be registering as a resident elector or non-resident property elector.

The SLRD will send out mail ballot packages by regular lettermail service (or have them ready for pick up at the SLRD office in Pemberton) starting on Wednesday February 5, 2020 and ending at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday February 13, 2020.

Due to the short turnaround time to have mail ballots returned, please request your mail ballot
package as early as possible (i.e. the earliest possible date to make this request is January 29,
2020) to allow as much time as possible to receive it and then to complete and return it by hand,
by mail or by courier. You may use the Mail Ballot Request Form, or provide the information in your own format.

How to Return Mail Ballots

To be counted, your completed mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8:00 p.m. on Saturday February 15, 2020. Ballots received after this time will not be counted. 

Your completed mail ballot package can be returned in any of the following ways:

  • by hand (you may have someone else hand deliver your completed mail ballot package on your behalf).
  • by regular mail or by registered mail; or
  • by pre-paid courier (note: the SLRD will not accept anything that has been sent “Collect on Delivery”).

It is your responsibility to ensure your completed mail ballot arrives back to the Chief Election Officer on or before the deadline using whichever method you’ve selected. View the Mail Ballot Voting Information form for additional information on delivery methods, locations and deadlines. 

The SLRD is not responsible for mail or courier delivery times nor for delays or stoppages due to postal strikes or other events.

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