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General local elections in B.C. are held every four years on the third Saturday in October. The next general local elections will be held on October 15, 2022.

General local elections (and by-elections) are the most direct way for the public to influence their local government by determining the individuals who then make decisions and govern on their behalf following general voting day.

WHERE AND WHEN TO VOTE

Eligible Vanderhoof voters may cast their ballot at the Friendship Centre at 219 Victoria Street East on General Voting Day, Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

An Advance Voting Opportunity will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at the District of Vanderhoof Municipal Office at 160 Connaught Street from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  This voting opportunity, along with the mail ballot voting option, is available for all eligible voters.

INFORMATION FOR VOTERS

Who are you voting for?

Personal information (signatures, residential addresses, phone numbers) on these documents has been redacted for the web pursuant to section 22 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The original, unredacted Nomination Documents may be viewed at the Municipal Office during normal business hours.

Click the candidate’s name to see their bio and photo (if submitted) and their redacted nomination documents.

Mayoral Candidates – vote for ONE only
George Funk
Ken Holden
Kevin Moutray

Councillor Candidates – vote for up to SIX
Tom Bulmer
Jeff Craig
Brad Dejax
Brian Frenkel
Ken Holden – WITHDRAWN
Cyndi Lauze
Eric Lytle
Ernest Martens
Kurt McKee
Spencer Siemens
Bill Teichroeb
Henry Thiessen
David Van Dolah
Ken Young

Who can vote?

Resident Elector – you live in Vanderhoof*

  • You must be 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day;
  • You must be a Canadian Citizen;
  • You must have lived in British Columbia at least six (6) months immediately before the day of registration;
  • You must be a resident of the District of Vanderhoof; and
  • You must not be disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Non-resident Property elector – you own property in Vanderhoof but live elsewhere in BC*

  • You must not be entitled to register as a Resident Elector;
  • You must be eighteen (18) years of age or older on General Voting Day;
  • You must be a Canadian Citizen;
  • You must have lived in British Columbia at least six (6) months immediately before the day of registration;
  • You must be the registered owner of the real property in the jurisdiction at least thirty (30) days immediately before the day of registration;
  • You must not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other Act from voting in an election, or be otherwise disqualified by law; and
  • If more than one individual is the registered owner of the property, then only one individual is entitled to vote with the written consent of a majority of all other registered owners that are on the title including the person requesting registration.

A person holding property in trust for a corporation (e.g., numbered company) or another trust is not eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector. If a property title lists a trust/numbered company and an individual, neither the trust nor the individual is entitled to vote.

If you plan to vote in person, it is suggested you submit a Non-Resident Property Elector Registration Form prior to voting day. You will be required to produce acceptable identification, as well as proof of ownership of the property in question. If there are other owners of the property you must also have written consent from the majority of all of the owners stating that you are the one owner who is designated as the Non-Resident Property Elector for that property.

*When you sign a declaration prior to voting, you are making a solemn declaration.
There are significant penalties for signing a false declaration.

Mail Ballot Voting

All electors are eligible to vote by mail. This is the first election where all voters can request a mail ballot.
Request for Mail Ballot

To vote by mail ballot, complete and return the Application and Registration to Vote by Mail and Non-Resident Property Elector Registration Form (if applicable) before 4:00 p.m. Thursday, October 13, 2022 to the Deputy Chief Election Officer.

Mail Ballot Packages will be mailed as soon as we receive the ballots. Ballots cannot be sent for printing until the Declaration of Election by Voting is signed September 19, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

You are responsible for ensuring that mail ballots are received no later than 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2022 (close of voting on General Voting Day).

ID REQUIREMENTS

 

  • Two (2) pieces of identification (at least one with a signature).
  • Picture identification is not necessary.
  • ID must prove both residency and identity.

INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES

  • UPDATE AUGUST 31: If you weren’t able to attend the August 29 session on Introduction to Local Government, you may watch the recording here.
  • UPDATE AUGUST 24:  The Key Dates for Elected Officials document has been updated.  These dates are mandatory for all elected officials.
Nomination Packages

Nomination Information Documents are now available. The Candidate Nomination Package may be printed and filled in by hand or filled in online.

Nomination documents may only be submitted to the Chief Election Officer during the Nomination Period, August 30 at 9:00 am until September 9 at 4:00 pm.  No documents swill be accepted before or after this period.

Nomination Information Documents
Candidate Nomination Package

It is advisable to make an appointment with the Chief Election Officer to submit your documents to ensure everything is received. If you chose to submit the package via email it is your responsibility to have the originals to the Chief Election Officer by September 16, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. or you will be deemed to have withdrawn from the election.

Campaign Expense Limits

Campaign expense limits have been set by Elections BC.  In accordance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, for the 2022 General Local Election, the following expense limits for candidates during the campaign period (September 17 to October 15) apply:

Mayor:                  $10,797.83
Councillors:         $5,398.92

For more information about BC local elections visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Elections webpage and Elections BC’s website.

For more information about the District of Vanderhoof election contact:
Willene Perez, Chief Election Officer
250-567-4711 Ext 120
corporate@district.vanderhoof.ca
or
Ethan Fredeen, Deputy Chief Election Officer
250-567-4711 Ext 118
dco@district.vanderhoof.ca

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