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2018 Local Government Election
Local government elections for mayors and councillors in British Columbia are held every four years on the third Saturday in October. The next local government elections will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018.
The Ethics of Elected Office
Elected officials are entrusted with significant decision making authority. Mayors and councillors have great deal of influence over, and responsibility for, the services and programs that citizens receive. Elected officials must conduct themselves in an open, transparent and accountable manner and avoid situations that may bring their integrity or the integrity of the council into question.
Term of Office
If you are elected to Local Government office, you are expected to serve a full four-year term. This term will officially begin on November 6, 2018.
Each local government (municipality or regional district) is responsible for conducting its own general local election.
Elections BC is responsible for managing campaign financing disclosure requirements, investigations, and enforcing the campaign financing and third-party advertising provisions set out in the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. Elections BC's role also extends to byelections and assent voting held by local election authorities outside of the general local election cycle.
2018 Key Dates
The Government of British Columbia, Local Government Branch, provides the following information: “Elections are the most direct way for the public to directly influence their local government. During the election process, candidates generally outline their platforms and objectives if they were to be elected. By choosing the candidates with the ideals and qualities that are most acceptable to the electors, citizens can directly influence the type of community where they reside or own property."
See the Guide to Supporting a Candidate for Local Government Elections in B.C. for additional information about how to support candidates in local government elections.
The Candidate's Guide to Local Government Elections in B.C. provides detailed information for those considering running for elected office in B.C. Candidates are also required to file financial disclosure statements when they file nomination packages, annually while in office and upon leaving elected office.”Summary of qualifications for the office of mayor and councillors. You must:
You do not have to reside in the jurisdiction in which you are running for public office.
Generally, local elections candidates must be nominated by eligible electors and declared a candidate by the local Chief Election Officer.
Elections BC helps local elections candidates and their financial agents understand the rules under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. Among other requirements, local elections candidates must:
Elections BC tools for local elections candidates and their financial agents:
Campaign Financing Disclosures for candidates in the 2018 general local election will be available on the Elections BC website..
The Mayor's Remuneration is approximately $21,000 per year, and the Councillor's remuneration is $11,000 per year.
The Government of British Columbia, Local Government Branch, provides the following voter information:
“In most provinces, the eligibility for voting in local government elections is limited to residents only. In British Columbia, residents can vote, as can persons that own property in a local government jurisdiction, even if they do not reside there. Further information about voter eligibility can be found in the Voter's Guide to Local Government Elections in B.C. (available in multiple languages).”
Who can vote?
You can vote in the Town of Golden election for mayor and councillors if you are a resident of the Town of Golden (“resident elector”), or own property in the Town of Golden even if you don’t reside in the Town of Golden (“nonresident property elector”).
Requirements for resident electors. You must be:
Requirements for nonresident property electors. You must be:
A person may register as a nonresident property elector only in relation to one parcel of real property in a municipality or electoral area.
To register to vote as a resident elector at the time of voting you will need two of the following identification documents showing residency and identity, and one must contain a signature:
*If you have a combined BC Driver’s Licence and Service Card, it counts as only one piece of identification.
To register as a nonresident property elector at the time of voting you will need proof of property ownership and identification:
“The majority of ballots cast by eligible electors determines the successful candidate for a given office. For municipalities, eligible electors choose from a list of candidates to fill the councillor positions. The electors also choose from a separate list of candidates to fill the position of mayor. In regional districts, a candidate is elected from each electoral area to the regional board. Together the electoral area directors and appointed municipal directors from the municipalities within the regional district then form the board. In instances where there are only as many candidates as there are positions available in the local government, no election is necessary as the candidates are automatically declared elected by acclamation.”
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Note: Information on this election web page is provided for ease of reference. It is not intended to provide complete and comprehensive election information and is not a substitution for the rules and regulations regarding general local elections in the Local Government Act, Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, or any other applicable statute.
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