Elections

Elections for District of Kitimat Mayor and Council are held every four years with the next election on October 20, 2018.

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming elections, please contact the Chief Elections Officer at 250-632-8900 or check the Provincial Government's website.

For campaign financing information please see Elections BC.

 For Candidates
 
 Qualifications
 To be qualified to run for Mayor or Councillor, parties must at the time of nomination;
  • Be 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • Be a Canadian citizen;
  • Be a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed;
  • Not be disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in BC or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office.
 Nomination Information
Nomination packages will be available July 27, 2018 at the municipal office. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the Chief Elections Officer during the nomination period, starting September 4, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. and ending September 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.. 
 Information Session
For those interested, an information session will be held early during the nomination period for anyone interested in running for Council. At this session information will be provided about the time commitment, responsibilities, and some of the experiences from people who have served as elected officials locally. 
 More information

Elections BC has announced the campaign spending limits for candidates in the 2018 local general election. In Kitimat, they are $10,000.00 for mayoral candidates and $5,000.00 for councillor candidates. Please contact Elections BC regarding any questions about campaign financing.

 Voting Information
 
 Who can Vote?
All District of Kitimat residents who meet the eligibility criteria listed below can vote.  People who own property in Kitimat but live outside Kitimat can also vote, as long as they meet certain conditions.
  • Landed immigrants who are not yet Canadian citizens are not permitted to vote in local elections.
  • No corporation is entitled to be registered as an elector or have a representative registered as an elector and no corporation is entitled to vote.
 Resident Electors
 To vote in a local election in Kitimat you must be at the time of voting:
  • At least 18 years of age on or before general voting day;
  • A Canadian citizen;
  • Have lived in B.C. for at least six months;
  • Have lived in the District of Kitimat for at least 30 days; and
  • Not disqualified from voting by any statute or law.
 Non-Resident Property Elector
 If you own property in Kitimat but live somewhere else you can vote as long as you are:
  • At least 18 years of age on or before general voting day;
  • A Canadian citizen;
  • Have lived in B.C. for at least six months;
  • Have owned real property in the District of Kitimat for at least 30 days;
  • Not eligible to vote as a resident elector in the District of Kitimat;
  • Registered owners of the real property, either as joint tenants or tenants in common, not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust;
  • Not disqualified from voting by any statute or law.

A qualifying non-resident property elector may register at the polls providing:

  • 2 pieces of identification (one with residence address and one with your signature); and
  • Proof satisfactory to the official that the person applying is entitled to register in relation to the real property (e.g., current year's tax notice from the District of Kitimat); and
  • If applicable, providing written consent from the other registered property owner/s of the real property.

As a non-resident property elector you can vote only once, regardless of the number of properties you own.  If you have more than one registered owner of your property only one of you, with the written consent of the majority of the other individuals, may vote.  If you have questions about registering as a non-resident property elector, contact the Chief Elections Officer at 250-632-8900. 

 Registration

The District of Kitimat uses the provincial voters' list, therefore if you are registered on the provincial list, you are registered on the District of Kitimat electors' list.  In any event, you can register at the polls by meeting the elector criteria mentioned above, and providing two pieces of identification proving residence, and identity, and in the case of non-resident property electors, proof of ownership. To get on the provincial voter's list or update your information, contact Elections BC, or visit the Kitimat municipal office.

Acceptable Pieces of Identification

The following are deemed to be acceptable identification for the purposes of registering to vote at the polls (one must contain your signature):

  • A British Columbia driver's licence;
  • A British Columbia identification card issued by the Motor Vehicle Branch;
  • An Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence issued by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia;
  • A British Columbia CareCard or British Columbia Gold CareCard;
  • A Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance form;
  • A social insurance card issued by Human Resources Development Canada;
  • A citizenship card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada;
  • A real property tax notice issued under section 237 of the Community Charter;
  • A credit card or debit card issued by a savings institution as defined in section 29 of the Interpretation Act; or
  • A utility bill issued for the supply of electricity, natural gas, water, telephone services or coaxial cable services.

Elector Disqualification

You are disqualified from voting if:

  • You have not completed a sentence for an indictable offence, unless that person is released on probation or parole and is not in custody;
  • You have been involuntarily confined to a psychiatric or other institution as a result of being acquitted of or found not criminally responsible for an offence under the Criminal Code on account of a mental disorder; and/or
  • You have been found guilty of an election-related offence.
 Voting Opportunities
 
 General Voting Day
General voting day in Kitimat is on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Voting will be held in Mount Elizabeth Middle-Secondary school a 1491 Kingfisher Avenue as well as Riverlodge Recreation Centre, 654 Columbia Avenue West.
 Advanced Voting Opportunity
Advanced voting opportunities will be held on Wednesday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 17, 2018. The voting for both Advanced Voting Opportunities will be held in Tamitik Jubilee Sports Complex, 400 City Centre, Kitimat BC.
 Mail Ballot Voting
Mail ballot voting will be available for:
  • Electors who have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity; or
  • Electors who expect to be absent from the District of Kitimat on general voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities.

If you are not already on the list of electors, you will need to apply along with your application for a mail voting ballot (either as a resident elector or non-resident property elector - if more than one person owns the property, the consent of the other property owner/s is required).

Please call the Chief Elections Officer at 250-632-8900 if you would like more information on mail ballot voting or if you wish to confirm whether or not you are on the list of electors.

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