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Resident electors register at the polling stations on the advance polling days or on election day.Voters are asked to bring 2 official pieces of identification. Of those pieces of identification, 1 must have a signature that will prove identity and residency.
No. A voter registration list is costly to maintain due to frequent changes in the City of West Kelowna's population and demographics.
Factors that frequently impact the maintenance of a voter registration list are aging and population growth and changes in addresses.
Therefore, the City of West Kelowna requires voters to register when they go to cast their ballots on advanced voting day or general voting day, by bringing two pieces of identification to one of the polling stations provided. One of those pieces of identification must have a signature that will prove identity and residency.
The City of West Kelowna must ensure its voting locations are as accessible as possible. In cases where accessibility issues are unavoidable, please consider the following solutions:
No. Residents who meet all voter eligibility criteria may cast one ballot only, in total, in the municipality. However, if you own one piece of property in one municipality and a second piece of property in another jurisdiction, you may vote once in each area.
Yes, you may vote as a nonresident elector if you live outside West Kelowna, and have lived within the Province of British Columbia for six months prior to voting day; however, the person casting the ballot for the property must have the written consent of the majority of the other owners, as only one nonresident elector may vote per property.
No. Nonresident property owners may register at the voting place, however, if they choose to register at the time they vote, they must produce proof that they are the registered owner of the property. If they are one of two or more owners, they must also demonstrate, in writing, that they have the consent of the majority of all the owners to vote as the nonresident property elector. A nonresident voter may get consent of the majority of property owners in advance by filling out the Nonresident Property Elector Consent Form (PDF) and bringing it to the voting place.
The person living in the house may vote as a resident elector, if they meet all elector eligibility criteria. You would then also be eligible to vote as a nonresident property owner. You would still need written consent of the majority of the other owner(s) to cast a ballot. Any subsequent nonresident co-owners would not be able to vote.
No, legislation does not allow for online voting, but mail in voting is permitted for those who are unable to be in West Kelowna for advanced polls or on voting day. The City of West Kelowna will also provide several convenient polling station locations. Contact the City of West Kelowna at 778-797-1000 to inquire about mail-in voting.
No. Residents must live within West Kelowna's municipal boundary to be eligible to vote for Mayor and Council. Residents living on Westbank First Nation land may be eligible to vote in the Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area West election, which will also be held October 20, 2018. Residents should contact the RDCO at 250-763-4918 for more information.
Yes. A person may live in one municipality and run as a candidate in another jurisdiction provided they meet all candidacy eligibility requirements and complete the required nomination documentation.
Holding local office can be very time consuming and the commitment will vary from week to week. Council currently meets on the secnd Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. and the fourth Tuesday of each month (except in December) at 6 p.m. In addition, the occasional Special Council Meeting is held. Dates and times vary for Special Council meetings.Past meetings have ranged from one hour to five hours depending on the amount of business before Council. In addition, in-camera meetings may be held before and/or after regular Council Meetings. Elected officials may also be asked to sit on special committees or commissions. Council members are expected to attend every scheduled meeting. Attendance is not mandatory, but if a member is absent from meetings for a period of 60 consecutive days or 4 consecutive regularly scheduled Council Meetings (whichever is longer), the elected official is disqualified from office. Exceptions to the rule are made in cases of illness or injury, or if Council has granted the absence.
In 2014, the Province of British Columbia passed legislation extending the local government election term from three years to four. This was done after public consultation indicated a desire to see longer terms. The time of year of local government elections was also changed from November to October, starting with the local government election in 2018. Some of the rationale behind the change included the facts that days are longer and weather is warmer in October making it easier for more people to vote.
Yes. You are ineligible to vote in a local government election in British Columbia (as either a resident or a nonresident elector):