Local Government Elections

When is the next Local Government Election?

The next Local Government Election will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018.  The citizens of Pitt Meadows will elect one Mayor, six Councillors, and two School Trustees (for School District No. 42).  Those elected will serve a 4-year term commencing November 2018 and ending October 2022.

 

Where Can I Vote?

Qualified electors may vote at any one advance or general voting opportunity.

Advance Voting Opportunities

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Pitt Meadows City Hall, 12007 Harris Rd., 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Friday, October 12, 2018 at Pitt Meadows City Hall, 12007 Harris Rd., 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Additional Advanced Voting dates/locations - TBD 

General Voting Day Saturday October 20, 2018, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Qualified electors may vote at either of the following polling locations on Election Day:

  • Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre – 12027 Harris Road
    (located behind the Pitt Meadows City Hall)

OR

  • Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall – 12460 Harris Road
    (located in Harris Road Park)

 

Who is Eligible to Vote?

You can vote in a local government (municipal) election if you:

  • Are 18 years of age or older on general voting day (October 20, 2018)
  • Are a Canadian citizen (Note: landed immigrants/permanent residents are not eligible to vote)
  • Have lived in B.C. for at least six (6) months immediately before voting day (April 19, 2018)
  • Have lived in Pitt Meadows for at least thirty (30) days immediately before voting day (September 19, 2018)
  • Are not disqualified by law from voting (i.e. are in custody, found guilty of an election offense such as vote-buying)

Pitt Meadow residents who meet all these requirements can vote.

You may also be eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector if you:

  • Are eligible to vote as a resident elector in another municipality, regional district or school district; and
  • Own property in the City of Pitt Meadows for 30 days or more before you register to vote.

Note: There are specific rules related to the non-elector property owner right to vote.  For example:

  • If you own property with someone else, only one non-resident property owner may vote.
  • If two (2) or more non-resident property owners own a single piece of property,
    •  the majority of owners must designate in writing (using Form 2-8, Non-Resident Property Elector Consent Form),  one owner as the non-resident property elector for that property
  •  If you own property along with a corporation, then none of the owners of the property are eligible to vote

To discuss further details regarding this type of vote, please contact the Chief Election Officer.

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What identification is required in order to vote?

Provincial legislation prescribes that if a person is registered on the voters list, there is no identification requirements at the time of voting; although, a solemn declaration must be made by the elector prior to receiving a ballot to ensure that they are the person named on the voters list.  Despite this fact, staff will ask if you have identification in an effort to aid in the mechanics of providing you the ballot.

 

What if I am not a registered voter, can I still vote?

If a person is not already registered on the voters list and they are eligible to vote, you must present at least two (2) identification documents that provide evidence of the person’s identity and place of residence.  At least one of which must contain the person’s signature.  If you do not have identification that shows your residential address, then you will need to make a solemn declaration as to your place of residence.

Forms of accepted identifications include:

  • Canadian Passport
  • BC Drivers Licence
  • Certificate of Vehicle Insurance
  • BC Identification Card
  • Credit or Debit Cards
  • Birth Certificate
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • BC Care Card
  • Social Insurance Card
  • Property Tax Notice or Utility Bill

 

How can I check to determine if I can registered to Vote?

If you do not know if you’re registered to vote or if your information is up-to-date, contact Elections BC Voter Services at 1-800-661-8683 to confirm.  Since the City uses the provincial voter’s list in creating the City of Pitt Meadows' local government list for registered electors, Elections BC will be able to assist. 

 

Elector Qualifications

Resident Electors

You must meet ­all of the following requirements to vote:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day (October 20, 2018) for the election; and
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and
  • a resident of the City of Pitt Meadows for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

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Non-Resident Property Electors

You must meet ­all of the following requirements to vote:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the election; and
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and
  • a registered owner of real property in the City of Pitt Meadows for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
  • not holding the property in trust for a corporation or any other trust; and
  • not entitled to register as a resident elector; and
  • the only persons who are registered owners of the real 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; and
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law; and
  • 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.


Who Can Vote by Mail?

Eligible electors may vote by mail if they:

  • have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity, OR
  • expect to be absent from the City of Pitt Meadows on general voting day (October 20, 2018, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.), and at the times of all advance voting opportunities in early October.

Electors voting by mail ballot must register with the Chief Election Officer.  Once this is done, even if your circumstances have changed, you cannot vote at a voting place.  Registration for voting by mail will begin in July.

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How Can I Find Information About the Candidates?

The formal declaration of Candidates will take place on INSERT DATE.  Prior to this, Candidates may declare themselves as running for office.  Although City Hall does not provide a profile of Candidates, you will be able to locate information on the internet, through social media, and/or hard copies throughout the community. 

The All Candidates Meeting will take place during the campaign period (September 22 - October 20, 2018).   The City does not host the "All Candidates Meetings" for the convenience of our voters; however, we will post dates, times, locations, and contact information as time nears the campaign period.

 

Additional Resources / Information for Voters

Resident Elector Application for Registration

Non Resident Property Elector 2018 Application for Registration

Non Resident Property Elector Consent Form

Application to Vote by Mail
Local Election Voters Guides (Province of British Columbia)
Notice of Nomination

 

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