2018 General Local Election

The information below has been prepared for the convenience of the public and to provide assistance in understanding the local government election process and does not cover every aspect of local elections. It is not intended to be a complete and comprehensive document nor is it a substitution for the legislation contained in Part 3 of the Local Government Act or any other act.

For detailed information on all aspects of voting or running for office in local government elections, refer to the Local Government Act, Elections BC website or visit the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development website on local government elections.

 

2018 Election Administration


Each local government (municipality or regional district) is responsible for conducting its own general local election. Local governments may also conduct school trustee elections on behalf of boards of education. In Highlands, the municipality conducts elections for school trustees, for the Sooke School District and Greater Victoria School District.

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. 

2018 Key Election Dates



January 1 - September 21: Election Period
July 27 - Nomination package available
September 4 - 21: Election period
September 21: Last day to withdraw from being a candidate
September 22 - October 20: Campaign period
October 10 and 17: Advance voting opportunities
October 20: General voting day
October 24: Declaration of official results

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:

  • be 18 years of age or older on general voting day (October 20, 2018);
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately prior to filing nomination documents (prior to March 14, 2018);
  • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.
Summary of qualifications for the office of school trustee. You must:

  •  be 18 years of age or older on general voting day (October 20, 2018);
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately prior to filing nomination documents (prior to March 14, 2018);
  •  not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, the School Act, or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.
Elections BC provides the following information:

“A local elections candidate is someone seeking election as a mayor, councillor, electoral area director, board of education trustee, Islands Trust trustee, park board commissioner, park board member, advisory council member, regional trustee or local community commissioner.

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:

  • Open a separate campaign account and use it for all financial transactions. If you have difficulty opening a campaign account at a savings institution, click here for a letter you can take to the institution that explains the legislated requirement.
  • File a disclosure statement with Elections BC within 90 days after General Voting Day."
For more information about the rules, read the Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in B.C. or visit the Local Elections FAQs page on the Elections BC website.

Elections BC tools for local elections candidates and their financial agents include:

Elections BC provides all the information required with regard to Local Elections Disclosure Information for Candidates, elector organizations, third-party advertising sponsors.


Candidate resources:


Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA)
Local Elections Campaign Financing Expense Limit Regulation 309/2016
Local Government Act
Community Charter
School Act
Elections BC
Elections BC – campaign financing disclosure statements


Who May Vote at a Local Government Election?


Resident Elector



 To be registered as a Resident Elector, you must meet the following requirements:
  • Age 18 or older, or will be on the day of election;
  • Canadian citizen;
  • Resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to election day;
  • Resident of the District of Highlands for at least 30 days immediately prior to voting day;
  • Not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

Property Elector



To be registered as a Property Elector, you must meet the following requirements:
  • Age 18 or older, or will be on the day of election;
  • Canadian citizen;
  • Resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to election day;
  • Registered owner of real property in the District of Highlands for at least 30 days immediately prior to Election Day;
  • Must not be entitled to register as a resident elector in the District of Highlands;
  • Not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law;
  • If there is more than 1 registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector.

Elector Registration


You must register to vote before you receive a ballot. The District of Highlands uses the Provincial Voters' List as the District's List of Electors for local general elections. If you are registered as a provincial voter, you should be on this list.

If you are not on the District's List of Electors and qualify as a property elector you may register prior to Voting (until August 28) at the District Office, otherwise you may register at time of voting.  

Elector Identity Documents


  • a British Columbia Driver's Licence
  • a British Columbia Identification Card issued by the Motor Vehicle Branch
  • an Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence issued by the Insurance Corporation of BC
  • a British Columbia CareCard or British Columbia Gold CareCard
  • a Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form DES8
  • a Social Insurance Card issued by Human Resources Development Canada
  • a Citizenship Card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • a real property tax notice issued under section 369 of the Local Government Act or section 21 of the Taxation (Rural Area) Act
  • a credit card or debit card issued by a savings institution as defined in s.29 of the Interpretation Act
  • a utility bill issued for the supply of electricity, natural gas, water, telephone services or coaxial cable services by a public utility as defined in section 1 of the Utilities Commission Act:
    • a gas utility as defined in section 1 of the Gas Utility Act,
    • a water utility as defined in section 1 of the Water Act,
    • the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority, or
    • a corporation licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for the purposes of that supply.

Non-Resident Property Elector Qualifications


If you own property in the District of Highlands but live elsewhere, you may be eligible to vote in the District of Highlands General Local Election as a non-resident property elector.

In order to be eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector on Voting Day you must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • age 18 or older; and
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and
  • a registered owner of real property in the District of Highlands for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
  • not entitled to register as a resident elector; and
  • not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law; and
  • the only persons who are registered owners of the real property, either as joint tenants or tenants in common, are individuals who are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust; and
  • if there is more than one registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector.
If you are not on the District's List of Electors and qualify as a non-resident property elector you may register prior to Voting (until August 28) at the District Office, otherwise you may register at time of voting.  

You must prove your identity (2 pieces of personal identification (smaples of approved identification shown above), one of which must have your signature), and your eligibility to register (example:  property title deed or current District of Highlands property tax receipt) and a letter of consent from joint owners, if applicable when applying for a certificate.  It is suggested you apply for a Certificate to Register prior to voting. Presentation of such a certificate will allow you to vote without having to produce other proof of ownership of the property in question on voting day.
When applying for a certificate you will be asked to show:
  1. two pieces of identification; one with residence address; one with signature of elector
  2. property title deed or property tax receipt
  3. Consent Form - this is required only if the property is owned jointly with other individuals
If you are unsure about whether or not you are registered to vote, or if you know you are not registered to vote, please contact the Chief Election Officer at 250.474-1773 for further information. If you are not a registered elector, you may register when you go to vote. Election staff will be able to assist you.

Electors in Highlands vote to choose:


Council
  • 1 Mayor
  • 6 Councillors

School Trustees - School District 62 - Sooke
  • 4 Trustees for the Belmont zone
School Trustees -  School District 61 - Greater Victoria
  • 9 Trustees

Voting Dates, Locations and Times


All electors are eligible to vote at:
  • Advance Voting Opportunities:
- Wednesday, October 10 & 17, or
  • General Voting Day - Saturday, October 20
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Assistance with Voting and Curbside Voting at the Voting Place

If you are unable to mark, read or translate your ballot, an election official, friend or relative may assist you, after making a solemn declaration to not influence you and to keep your vote secret.

If you travel to the Voting Place (Community Hall) and find it difficult to get out of your car and into the building, you may request curb side voting.  An election official will bring your ballot to you.  


Chief Election Officer


Council has appointed the Corporate Officer, Tina Neurauter  as the District's Chief Election Officer and Thomas Moore as the Deputy Chief Election Officer to ensure the process is run in accordance with the District’s Election Procedures Bylaw and the Local Government Act.

Contact Information:


Chief Election Officer
Tina Neurauter, Corporate Officer
Telephone: 250-474-1773
Voting Day Telephone: 250-882-3742 
Email: tneurauter@highlands.ca

Previous Elections

2014 Election Results
2011 Election Results
2008 Election Results
2005 Election Results