Elections

Official Election Results

ELECTION INFORMATION

The next civic election will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018 where eligible voters will be voting for one (1) Mayor and six (6) Councillors as well as four (4) School Trustees for a four year term.  Voting opportunities are as follows, please refer to 'Where and when can I vote' below for more information:

Voting Opportunities are 8am until 8pm:

Wednesday, October 10, Schubert Centre, 3505 30th Avenue

Wednesday, October 17, City Hall, Council Chambers, 3400 30th Street

Thursday, October 18, City Hall, Council Chambers, 3400 30th Street

Saturday, October 20, Ellison Elementary School, 2400 Fulton Road

Saturday, October 20, Vernon Secondary School, 2100 15th Street

Saturday, October 20,  Greater Vernon Recreation Centre, 3310 37th Avenue

2018 CANDIDATES

CONTACT CANDIDATES

2018 ELECTION - KEY DATES

GUIDE TO LOCAL ELECTIONS CAMPAIGN FINANCING IN B.C.

NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY ELECTOR CONSENT FORM

Through this Election site, the public can also access frequently asked questions:

VOTERS
Am I eligible to vote?

You are eligible to vote in the City of Vernon if you meet ALL of the following requirements. 

You are:

  • 18 years of age or older on the day of voting;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to voting day  (April 19, 2018);
  • a resident of the City of Vernon at least 30 days prior to voting day (September 19, 2018);
  • Are not disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, or by law from voting in a local election.
What am I voting for?

Eligible City of Vernon voters will be electing one (1) Mayor, six (6) Councillors and four (4) School Trustees.  Check out the local newspaper, candidate’s websites and ‘All Candidates Forums’ to stay informed.

When and where can I vote?

The next civic election is October 20, 2018.  Eligible voters can cast their vote at any Polling Place within the City of Vernon, typically the Greater Vernon Recreation Complex, Ellison Elementary and Vernon Secondary Schools.

Voting Opportunities are 8am until 8pm:

Wednesday, October 10, Schubert Centre, 3505 30th Avenue

Wednesday, October 17, City Hall, Council Chambers, 3400 30th Street

Thursday, October 18, City Hall, Council Chambers, 3400 30th Street

Saturday, October 20, Ellison Elementary School, 2400 Fulton Road

Saturday, October 20, Vernon Secondary School, 2100 15th Street

Saturday, October 20,  Greater Vernon Recreation Centre, 3310 37th Avenue

Why should I vote?

Voting in a civic election is an important part of the democratic process. Elected Officials make many decisions that affect you, your family and your neighbours every day. Your vote counts! 

Do I need to register to vote?

The City of Vernon does not utilize a voters list – registration is done at the time of voting and the process is as follows:

  • Each eligible voter produces two (2) pieces of acceptable identification (see list under ‘What identification should I bring to the voting location?’);
  • Each eligible voter signs a declaration that they qualify (see ‘Am I Eligible to Vote’); and
  • For the Voting Book, each eligible voter must provide their full name, residential address, last six digits of their Social Insurance Number OR Date of Birth AND every elector must sign the Voting Book.
What identification should I bring to the voting location?

Please bring two pieces of identification which include your address and signature. Examples of acceptable identification:

  • B.C. Driver's License
  • B.C. Identification Card
  • Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle License issued by ICBC
  • B.C. Services Card, B.C. CareCard or Gold CareCard
  • Ministry of Social Development Income Assistance Monthly Report Form
  • Social Insurance Card
  • Citizenship card
  • Property tax notice issued by the City of Vernon
  • Credit or debit card
  • Utility bill (electricity, natural gas, water, telephone or cable service)
  • Student card

Please note the combination B.C. Driver’s License/Care Card is ONE piece of identification.

I am a Vernon property owner but do not live in the City of Vernon. Am I eligible to vote?

Yes, you must provide proof of ownership of the property for which are voting and you meet ALL of the following requirements. 

You are:

  • 18 years of age or older on the day of voting;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to voting day (April 19, 2018);
  • a registered owner of real property in the City of Vernon for at least 30 days immediately before today (September 19, 2018);
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, or by law from voting in a local election.

If there is more than one person on title for the property, you must provide written permission from the majority of property owners authorizing you as the sole individual to vote for that property.  Please find the Non-Resident Property Elector – Consent Form here.

I own multiple properties in the City of Vernon but live elsewhere, can I vote for each one?

No, you may vote only once as non-resident property owner if you own two or more properties and you must meet all other requirements  in the previous question.

English is my second language, can I bring someone in to assist me?

If you have difficulty reading or writing English, you may bring a translator to assist at the voting location. The person assisting will be required to complete and sign a declaration in order to provide translation help.

I have a disability, will I receive support at the voting location?

If you have difficulty entering the voting location, you may request to receive and mark your ballot outside (curbside voting). Election officials  will provide you with a ballot and a secrecy sleeve. You may choose to have someone who is accompanying you deposit the ballot in the voting machine or request an election official to do this for you.

If you require assistance with voting, you may also bring someone with you into the voting location to help you vote.  Please note they will be required to complete and sign a declaration in order to provide support.

What if I am out of town on Election Day, how can I vote?

Advance Voting Days are scheduled to allow those electors that would otherwise be absent from the City of Vernon on Election Day.  These dates and locations are as follows:

October 10, 2018 at the Schubert Centre, 3505 30th Avenue, from 8am until 8pm

October 17, 2018 at City Hall, Council Chambers, 3400 30th Street, from 8am until 8pm

October 18, 2018 at City Hall, Council Chambers, 3400 30th Street, from 8am until 8pm

CANDIDATES
What is the criteria to run for Local Government Office?

In October 2018, City of Vernon voters will elect one mayor, six councilors and four school trustees.  To be eligible to run as a candidate, at the time of nomination a person must meet the following criteria. 

You are:

  • 18 years of age or older on the day of voting;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to voting day;
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, or by law from voting in a local election.

To learn more about being a candidate, please visit the Elections BC website.

Please check back regularly for updated related to the 2018 Local Government Election.

What are the regulations for posting election/political signage?

Please be advised that City of Vernon Council passed the following resolution at their Regular Meeting of December 11, 2017:

'THAT Council directs Administration to not enforce section 4.g)iii) in Sign Bylaw #4489 (as noted below), during the 2018 Local Government Election Campaign, unless there are safety or liability issues apparent:

‘4.        Signs Permitted in all Zones

g)         Political Signs provided that such signs:

                iii)        are not placed on any dedicated road allowance or lands owned by any government.’

CARRIED.'

Elections BC - Elections Signs 'Frequently Asked Questions' can be viewed here.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure 'Election and Referendum Signs and Posters Policy' can be viewed here

More information can be found on their website - link located on right-hand side of this page.

 
Thinking of running for local office?

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has new resources for people  considering running in local elections.  Please check out information about the roles and responsibilities of elected local officials here.

I have a contract to work for the City - can I still run for Office?

Per section 82(1) of the Local Government Act, a contractor is not considered an 'employee' of the City so you are able to run for Office.  Full disclosure of your contract with the City would be appropriate.

Candidate Readiness Workshop

Information Session for Candidates

If you are thinking of running for office in Vernon, Lumby, Coldstream or Spallumcheen, come join two seasoned politicians with 20 plus years of experience for a community engagement and candidate readiness workshop!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

6 to 9 p.m.

Lakers Clubhouse

7000 Cummins Road, Vernon

The information session is free of charge, and is meant for potential candidates only due to limited available seating.

Mark it on your calendar now!

STAFF
How to apply to work during the 2018 City of Vernon Civic Election?

We are currently fully staffed for all of our polling stations.  We are now maintaining a 'spare list' in case of cancellations.  Please call 250-545-1361 if you are interested in applying.

ELECTOR AND CANDIDATE INFORMATIONAL BROCHURES
General Local Elections 101

Courtesy of the Province of B.C., this brochure answers a few of the basic questions about local government elections - click here

Voter's Guide

Courtesy of the Province of B.C., this brochure answers basic questions about voting in local government elections - click here

Thinking About Running for Local Office?

Courtesy of the Province of B.C., this brochure helps potential candidates with answers to questions - click here

What Every Candidate Needs to Know

Courtesy of the Province of B.C., this brochure helps potential candidates with the nomination process - click here

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