Oct. 20 civic election: Who can vote and what you need

The next general local elections in British Columbia are on Oct. 20, 2018.

Who can vote

You can vote in civic elections if you live in the municipality or own property there.

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Resident electors (people who live in the municipality) must be:

• A Canadian citizen

• 18 years of age or older on day of registration

• Resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately before the day of registration

• Resident of the municipality for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration

• Not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election and not otherwise disqualified by law

Non-resident property electors (persons who own property in the municipality but do not reside in the municipality) must be:

• A Canadian citizen

• 18 years of age or older on day of registration • Resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately before the day of registration

• Registered owner of real property in the municipality for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration

• Not entitled to register as a resident elector

• The only persons who are registered owners of the property, either as joint tenants or tenants in common, are individuals who are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust

• Not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election and not otherwise disqualified by law

• If there is more than one registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector

How to vote

To cast a ballot, you need to be a registered voter. Voters in some municipalities received voter cards in the mail. If you received one, take it with you when you vote, along with identification.

If you are a new or unregistered voter, or are unsure whether you are on the voters list, bring two pieces of identification that prove who you are and where you live, one of which must include your signature:

• B.C. driver’s licence

• B.C. identification card

• Photo B.C. Services Card

• Certificate of Indian Status as issued by the Government of Canada

• Non-photo B.C. Services Card

• Student card issued by a post-secondary institution

• Owner’s Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence issued by ICBC.

• B.C. CareCard or B.C. Gold CareCard

• Social insurance card

• Canadian Citizenship card

• Statement of employment insurance benefits

• B.C. government cheque

• Income tax assessment notice

• Canadian Forces identification

• Old Age Security identification card

• Canadian passport

• Birth certificate

• Credit card or debit card or statement

• Utility bill 

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