Mark Your Calendars with these Key Election Dates!
- September 18 Nomination Period begins at 9:00 a.m.
- September 28 Nomination Period closes at 4:00 p.m.
- October 2 Deadline to Challenge a Nomination at 4:00 p.m. Local Government Act 75.2 time of the delivery of the nomination documents in accordance with section73 and 4p.m. on the fourth day after the end of the nomination period
- October 4 Election Signage is permitted to go up (Bylaw 1923)
- October 5 Candidate can Withdraw by 4:00 p.m. (name won't appear on ballot)
- October 16 Mail Ballots can begin to be distributed ((Bylaw 1849)
- October 24 Advance Vote (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) White Rock Community Centre 15154 Russell Avenue
- October 29 Mobile - Special Vote (9:00 a.m. to noon) Evergreen Baptist Home 1550 Oxford Street
- October 30 Advance Vote (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) White Rock Community Centre 15154 Russell Avenue
- November 1 Mail Ballots are no longer available to distribute (Bylaw 1849)
- November 3 Election Day (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
-WR Community Centre - 15154 Russell Avenue
- Kent Street Activity Centre - 1475 Kent Street
- Centennial Arena - 14600 North Bluff Road
- November 7 Declaration of Election Results
- November 12 Election Signage MUST be removed (Bylaw 1923)
- March 5 Financial Disclosure Papers Due
Where can I vote?
Eligible voters can cast their ballot at any of the following voting locations:
Advanced Polls - Wednesday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 30, 2012:
General Election Day - Saturday, November 3, 2012:
- White Rock Community Centre - 15154 Russell Avenue (8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
- Kent Street Activity Centre - 1475 Kent Street (8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
- Centennial Arena - 14600 North Bluff Road (8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
Who can vote?
You can vote in a municipal election if you:
· Are 18 years of age or older on general voting day
· Are a Canadian citizen (Note: landed immigrants are not eligible to vote).
· Have lived in B.C. for at least six months immediately before voting day.
· Have lived in White Rock for at least 30 days immediately before voting day.
· Are not disqualified by law from voting.
White Rock residents who meet all these requirements can vote. You may also be eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector if you:
- are eligible to vote as a resident elector in another municipality, regional district or school district; and
- own property in the City of White Rock for 30 days or more before you register to vote.
Note: If you own property with someone else, only one non-resident property owner may vote.
If two or more non-resident property owners own a single piece of property, the majority of owners must designate - in writing, using Form 2-8 - one owner as the non-resident property elector for that property. If you own property along with a corporation, then none of the owners of the property are eligible to vote.
Please print Form 2-8 titled "Non Resident Property Elector Consent Form" and complete prior to bringing it with you to the voting place.
Are you registered to vote?
The City of White Rock uses the Provincial List of Voters issued by BC Elections. Ensure you are registered by calling 1-800-661-8683 or you can check if you are registered online at http://www.elections.bc.ca/. Registration online will take less than 5 minutes and will save you time on election day.
What identification is required in order to vote?
If a person is already registered on the voters list you will only be required to show one piece of picture ID at the time of voting. In order to receive a ballot any potential voter must make a solemn declaration noting they are eligible to vote and have not voted previously in this by-election.
If a person is not already registered on the voters list, and they are eligible to vote, the following ID requirements must be met when registering at the time of voting:
At least 2 ID documents must be shown that provide evidence of the person's identity and place of residence, at least one of which must contain the person's signature,
At least two ID documents must be shown that provide evidence of the person's identify, at least one of which must contain the person's signature, and make a solemn declaration as to the person's place of residence.
What forms of ID are acceptable?
|* Canadian Passport
||* Birth Certificate
|* BC Drivers Licence
||* Canadian Citizenship Card
|* Certificate of Vehicle Insurance
||* Social Insurance Card (SIN Card)
|* BC ID Card
||* BC Care Card or BC Gold Care Card
|* Credit Cards and Debit Cards
||* Property Tax Notice or Utility Bill
Mail Ballot Opportunity:
Voting by Mail Ballot: A voting opportunity for electors who have a physical disability, illness or injury which affects their ability to vote by other means and for electors who expect to be absent from the Municipality on General Election Day and on all the advance voting dates.
Electors voting by mail ballot must register with the Chief Election Officer; once this is done even if their circumstance has changed they cannot vote at a voting place.
Please call 604-541-2212 to register for a mail ballot or if you have any questions on this process.
Mail Ballot Application Form: Click here
What if I need assistance with voting or require curbside voting:
If a voter has difficulty reading or writing English, they may bring a translator to assist them in the voting process. The translator must complete a solemn declaration of assistance in order to provide translation assistance.
If you are unable to enter the voting place, you may ask to receive and mark your ballot at a place located outside the voting place (curbside voting). It will be necessary for you to bring someone with you who can advise the election officials that you need help outside the voting place.
If you require help with voting, you may ask the President Election Official (PEO) in charge at the voting place to assist you. You may also bring someone with you to the voting place to help you vote. This person must make a solemn declaration to preserve the secrecy of your ballot, to mark the ballot according to your wishes and to not attempt to influence how you vote.
Qualifications to run for Local Government Office:
November 3, 2012 City of White Rock voters will elect one (1) candidate for the position of Councillor for the remainder of the 2011 - 2014 term.
To qualify as a candidate for local government office, at the time of nomination a person must meet the following criteria:
- You must be 18 years of age or older on general voting day.
- You must be a Canadian Citizen.
- You must be a resident of BC for at least six months prior to the date of nomination.
- Not disqualified by any statute or law, from being nominated, elected or holding office.
Nominees must be nominated by ten (10) electors of the City of White Rock.
Nominees (the candidate) are not required to be residents or non-resident property owners in the City of White Rock.
Role of City Councillor - Time Commitment:
If you are elected by the 2012 by-election, you will be expected to serve the 2011 - 2014 term.
You should be aware that holding local office can be time consuming. In addition to regular meetings, Council usually have one meeting a week held on Mondays, you may also be asked to sit on special committees, boards or commissions that may also require a significant time commitment both with attending the meeting and preparing for them.
Additional information is offered on the following Provincial website links:
If you require any assistance or have any questions regarding the election process, please contact: