BC municipal elections will be held on October 20, 2018. The Village of Lions Bay will elect one Mayor and four Councillors for the term commencing November 6, 2018 and ending in the fall of 2022, when the next local general election will be held. Voters will also have an opportunity to participate in the School Trustee election process to elect 5 School Trustees for School District 45.
The nomination period runs from 9:00 am September 4 to 4:00 pm September 14. Eligible voters will be able to cast their ballots at Broughton Hall on October 20th or during the advance voting opportunity on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Electors may also vote by mail ballot.
Whether running for office or planning to vote for those who do, if you have any questions or would like more information on the nomination or election processes, please contact the Chief Election Officer or Deputy Chief Election Officer at email@example.com or 604-921-9333.
At the close of the challenge period (4 pm on September 24, 2018), the number of unopposed, declared candidates was equal to the number of positions open for Mayor and Councillor respectively. Accordingly, the Chief Election Officer declared all candidates for Mayor and Councillor elected by acclamation as follows:
Mayor: McLaughlin, Ron [Election Platform]
Councillor: Abbott, Neville [Election Platform]
Councillor: Bain, Fred [Election Platform]
Councillor: Barmeier, Norman [Election Platform]
Councillor: Cunliffe, Jaime [Election Platform]
With respect to the election of School Trustees for School District 45, an election by voting has been declared and information about candidates can be accessed below. Eligible electors of the Village of Lions Bay will have the opportunity to vote for School Trustee candidates:
- at an early poll on October 10, 2018, from 8 am to 8 pm in Council Chambers, 400 Center Road, Lions Bay, BC, and
- on general voting day, October 20, 2018, from 8 am to 8 pm in Council Chambers, 400 Center Road, Lions Bay, BC.
Applications for mail ballot voting are available here via the District of West Vancouver, which is running the School Trustee election for the School District, and the mail ballot forms will apply to Lions Bay. Electors should note, however, the potential for a mail strike which may result in the need to hand deliver or courier mail ballots prior to the deadline.
Who Is Qualified To Be A Member Of Council?
A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a member of local government if he/she meets the following criteria:
- is a Canadian citizen;
- is at least 18 years old on election day;
- has lived in British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed;
- a person who has been granted freedom of the municipality, if that person is a Canadian citizen; and
- has not been disqualified by any statute or law, from voting in an election in British Columbia, or from being nominated for, elected to, or holding office.
How Do I Get Nominated To Run In The Election?
Nominations will be accepted by the Chief Election Officer for the 2018 General Local Government Election between 9:00 am on September 4 and 4:00 pm on September 14, 2018.
Candidates must be nominated in writing by at least two duly qualified electors residing in or owning property within the boundaries of the Village of Lions Bay.
In accordance with section 3.2 of Election Procedures Bylaw No. 474, 2014, as amended, nomination documents will be posted to this web page as they are received. They will remain posted, and available for inspection at the Village Office, until November 23, 2018, per section 89 of the Local Government Act.
Pursuant to Election Advertising and Campaigning Policy No. 1701, each candidate may provide Municipal staff with a PDF document of their election platform at any time after the Chief Election Officer has declared an election by voting (versus acclamation) on September 24 (see Policy 1701 for requirements).
Norm Barmeier - Nomination Documents
Fred Bain - Nomination Documents
Neville Abbott - Nomination Documents
Jaime Cunliffe - Nomination Documents
The Village of Lions Bay uses the Provincial Voters List for the Local Government Election and has already received the most current version as of July 19, 2018. New voters, or those not on the list, can register at the Advanced Voting poll on October 10, 2018 or on General Election day on October 20, 2018.
Who Is Eligible To Vote?
You are eligible to register as an elector, if you:
- are age 18 or older; and
- are a Canadian citizen; and
- have lived in BC for at least six months immediately before registering; and
- have lived in Lions Bay for at least 30 days immediately before registering (OR have owned real property registered in your name in Lions Bay for at least 30 days immediately before the day you register); and
- are not disqualified by law from voting.
What If I Am Not On The Voters List?
A copy of the Voters List will be available at the Village Office starting September 4, 2018. If you are not on the Voters List, you must bring (to the Voting Place during Advance or General Election day) at least two documents that provide evidence of your identity (such as Driver's Licence, BC Identification Card, Social Insurance Card, Passport, BC Carecard, Birth Certificate, Citizenship Card, Credit Card), evidence of your current place of residence in the Village of Lions Bay (such as telephone bill, hydro bill, property tax notice, personalized cheque), and at least one of these documents must contain your signature.
If you are unable to provide evidence of your current place of residence, you will need to make a solemn declaration as to your place of residence before being permitted to register. The declaration is available at the voting place.
I Will Not Be In Town On Advance Or General Voting Day, How Do I Vote By Mail Ballot?
Application forms to vote by mail ballot will be available after 4:00 pm on September 21, 2018. As soon as possible between September 24 and 4:00 pm on October 15, you must submit the following information to the Village of Lions Bay:
- full name;
- residential address;
- address of the property in relation to which you are voting (if you are a non-resident property elector);
- method of delivery of your mail ballot package:
(a) pick up at the Village of Lions Bay office;
(b) regular letter mail through Canada Post to residential address, OR
(c) regular letter mail through Canada Post to an alternate address provided when requesting the mail ballot package.
- If you are not on the list of electors, whether you are going to be registering as a resident or a non-resident property elector (in order to ensure that you receive the correct registration application form in your package).
Please submit the information by way of:
- mail to PO Box 141, Lions Bay, BC, V0N 2E0;
- telephone at 604-921-9333;
- fax at 604-921-6643; or
- email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail ballot packages will be sent out commencing on September 28 or as soon after that date as ballots are available from the printers. To be counted, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8:00 pm on October 20, 2018.