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2018 Local Election

Greater Vernon Cultural Centre – Referendum Vote

On October 20, 2018, Greater Vernon voters will be asked to decide whether they support borrowing up to $25 million for the purpose of constructing a new cultural centre in downtown Vernon.

Greater Vernon includes the City of Vernon, the District of Coldstream, and Electoral Areas “B” and “C”. Eligible voters will be asked to vote on the referendum question at their local polling stations.

Learn more about the Greater Vernon Cultural Centre at gvculturalcentre.ca

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On October 20, 2018, a General Local Election will be held to fill the position of Director for the following Electoral Areas within the Regional District of North Okanagan:

  • Electoral Area “B” (Swan Lake / Commonage)
  • Electoral Area “C” (BX / Silver Star)
  • Electoral Area “D” (Rural Lumby)
  • Electoral Area “E” (Cherryville)
  • Electoral Area “F” (Rural Enderby)

As part of the General Local Election system in British Columbia, Electoral Area Directors may be elected by acclamation (in the case of a single qualified candidate) or by voting (where there is more than one qualified candidate). The deadline to receive nominations is 4:00 p.m. on September 14. 

Registered Candidates

You can find information on the registered candidates at these resources: 

Important Dates

When and Where to Vote

Location: Locations to be announced following the declaration of candidates for position of Director for the Electoral Areas
Advance polls: October 10, 17 and 18, 2018 from 8 am to 8 pm
General Election Day: October 20, 8 am to 8 pm

Voting Eligibility

You are eligible to vote in local elections as a resident elector when you:

  • are 18 years of age or older when you register to vote or will be 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately before you register to vote;
  • have lived in the jurisdiction where you intend to vote for at least 30 days immediately before you register to vote; and,
  • are not disqualified under the Local Government Act, any other enactment, or by law from voting in local elections.

You are eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector when you:

  • are 18 years of age or older when you register to vote or will be 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately before you register to vote;
  • are the registered owner of property in the jurisdiction where you intend to vote for at least 30 days immediately before you register to vote; and,
  • are not disqualified under the Local Government Act, any other enactment, or by law from voting in local elections.

Registering to Vote

If you are eligible to vote in one or more of the Electoral Areas, you do not need to register in advance. You can register right at the polling station.

Non-Resident Elector

A Non-Resident Property Elector (Form 2-7) will be required to produce acceptable identification, as well as proof of ownership of the property in question. If there are other owners of the property you must also have written consent (Form 2-8) from the majority of all of the owners stating that you are the one owner who is designated as the Non-Resident (Property) Elector for that property. Property registered in company/corporation names do not qualify under the Local Government Act to vote in this municipal election.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next general local election? 
Saturday, October 20, 2018. Polls will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Notices indicating dates, times, and locations of voting stations will be placed in local newspapers and on our website.

Do I have to register to vote? 
No, the Regional District of North Okanagan conducts the election using “Voting Day Only Registration” and therefore does not maintain a voters list. See Voting Day Only Registration.

Do I need identification to vote?
Yes. You will need two pieces of identification that prove who you are and where you live. One of them must have your signature on it. See Voting Day Only Registration for examples of acceptable identification.

Who is qualified to vote in this general local election? 
Residents who live within the Regional District of North Okanagan Electoral Area boundaries for at least 30 days prior to September 19, 2018. You do not have to be a property owner to vote. See Qualifying to Vote

What if I am out of the area on General Election Day, how can I vote?
The Regional District will conduct advance voting opportunities in addition to General Voting Day.  See When and Where to Vote

Can I vote by mail ballot?
No. The Regional District of North Okanagan does not have mail ballots.  Advance voting opportunities are provided.  See When and Where to Vote

I own property in the Regional District of North Okanagan, but live elsewhere - can I vote.  
Yes, you will be required to complete an application to be eligible to vote as a Non-Resident Property Elector. Non-resident property owners must provide proof of ownership of the property and personal identification on voting day. If the property is owned by more than one person, all persons listed on the title must provide, in writing, authorization that the person voting is authorized to represent the other parties. There is no Corporate Vote. Property must be in personal names. See Qualifying to Vote.

What if I own more than one piece of property in the Regional District of North Okanagan?
You may only vote once as a non-resident property elector regardless of how many properties you own.

Can I vote in the City of Vernon or District of Coldstream?
No. Electoral Area residents will be provided with the opportunity to vote at a voting station established within the boundaries of the Regional District of North Okanagan.  See When and Where to Vote

What if I live on a First Nation reserve such as Priest Valley Indian Reserve (Sandy Beach) or Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB). 
The entirety of Sandy Beach (Tronson and Lakeshore Roads, Vernon) and approximately 95% of OKIB lands is situated within Electoral Area B of the Regional District of the North Okanagan. Residents living on First Nations land are eligible to vote in the Regional District Elections for Electoral Area Director “B” and also for the Assent Vote opportunity for the Greater Vernon Multi-Purpose Cultural Facility.  Elections staff will have road information and maps available clearly outlining the voting area.

My parent finds it difficult to walk. How can they vote at the voting place?
The Presiding Election Official can provide curbside voting. Please advise an Election Official at the voting place that you have a person in the vehicle outside that would like to vote in the election. The Election Official will arrange to have another Election Official assist to go outside to provide curbside voting. Two Election Officials must always be present to ensure the voting is conducted in accordance with regulation.

What are the rules for political signs? Political signs are permitted within the Regional District of North Okanagan provided that all other provisions of the Sign Bylaw are met:
See Regional District Signage Provisions
NOTE: No election signs are permitted within 100 meters of a polling place.

Do I have to live in the Electoral Area to run for office?
No. The Local Government Act does not limit candidates to residents of the Electoral Area.

When will we know who is running for the office of Electoral Area Director?
The nomination period closed at 4:00 pm on September 14, 2018, and candidates have been declared by the Chief Election Officer as follows:

Electoral Area “B”  (Swan Lake / Commonage)

  • FLEMING, Bob  ( Incumbent )
  • MCGOVERN, Myles

Electoral Area “C”  (BX / Silver Star)

  • RANDELL, Mike
  • SHATZKO, Amanda

Electoral Area “D” (Rural Lumby)

  • FAIRBAIRN, Rick  ( Incumbent )

Electoral Area “E”  (Cherryville)

  • CAMERON, Hank  ( Incumbent )

Electoral Area “F”  (Rural Enderby)

  • DELISLE, Denis
  • HEINS, Lori

What is an incumbent? 

An incumbent is the current holder of the position of Director for the Electoral Area they represent.  No person has come forward as a “non-incumbent” to seek election against this Director.  These incumbents will be declared elected, by acclamation, on Monday, September 24, 2018, in accordance with the Local Government Act.  

Additional questions may be directed to the following:
Chief Elections Officer: Paddy Juniper | Phone: (250) 550-3708 |
Email: [email protected]

Deputy Chief Elections Officer: Leah Mellott | Phone: (250) 550-3722 |
Email: [email protected]