Voting In The Election
Local governments in British Columbia conduct elections every four years, on the third
Saturday in October. The next general local elections will be held on October 15, 2022.
Advance voting for qathet Regional District Electoral Areas will be held from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Advanced voting will take place at the qathet Regional District Boardroom, #103 – 4675 Marine Avenue, Powell River, BC; The Texada Senior’s Centre, 5035 Gillies Bay Rd, Gillies Bay, BC; and The Lasqueti Community Hall.
Who Can Vote?
Electors must meet the following criteria:
• 18 years of age or older on voting day;
• Canadian Citizen;
• Have lived in BC for at least six months before they register to vote;
• Not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, from voting.
All electors will be required to produce two (2) pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The documentation must prove both residency and identity.
Please visit qathet.ca/election-2022 to view the accepted forms of identification.
Non-Resident Property Owners
If you have owned property in the Electoral Area for at least 30 days but live elsewhere, you may be eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector. Only one person is eligible to vote as the non-resident property elector for that property. If the property has more than one registered owner, the designated voter must have written consent of the majority of owners and provide that documentation when attending a voting place authorizing them to vote.
Please visit qathet.ca/election-2022 to download qathet Regional District Form No. 7-3: Non-Resident Property Owner Consent Form. The written consent form must be completed and signed prior to voting day.
Non-Resident Property Electors may not vote more than once within a voting jurisdiction regardless of the number of properties owned. Non-resident property electors are encouraged to contact the qathet Regional District prior to voting day.
Mail Ballot Voting
To request a mail ballot package, you must submit a completed Application to Vote by Mail to the qathet Regional District main office, located at #202-4675 Marine Avenue, Powell River, BC, as early as possible in advance of General Voting Day, Saturday, October 15, 2022.
Eligible electors can apply to vote by mail until October 12, 2022 until 4:00 pm. Applications can be obtained by contacting the Administrative Services department at 604-485-2260, by emailing [email protected] or by downloading the form from qathet.ca/election-2022.
Please note: For Applications to Vote by Mail received after September 23, 2022, time will not permit issuing the Mail Ballot Package via mail, and the voter must arrange to pick up a Mail Ballot Package from the qathet Regional District main office, located at #202-4675 Marine Avenue, Powell River, B.C.
Once your Application to Vote by Mail is approved, the Mail Ballot Package with instructions will be issued to you.
Voters are responsible for returning the completed Mail Ballot Package to the qathet Regional District main office. It is the elector’s responsibility to deliver or post the mail ballot in sufficient time for delivery to the qathet Regional District. To be counted, your Mail Ballot Package must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8:00 pm on General Voting Day, Saturday, October 15, 2022.
Join the Regional District Election Team
Would you like to work during the election on October 15, 2022 or during Advance Voting on October 5, 2022 in your community? Election Officials work 7:30 am until polls close and ballots are counted on voting days. Election workers must attend a brief training session in late September.
The qathet Regional District provides payment for work on voting days, a meal allowance, ferry costs where applicable, and training pay.
Chief Election Officer, Michelle Jones & Deputy Election Officer, Esme Sturton
#202-4675 Marine Avenue, Powell River, BC V8A 2L2