2022 Elections

Learn about Elkford's 2022 General Local Elections

2022 General Local Elections

 
Local government elections are held every four years, and the next one is right around the corner! General voting day for the 2022 General Local Elections is Saturday, October 15, 2022.

Citizens of the District of Elkford will be electing:

  • One Mayor
  • Six Councillors
  • One School Trustee for School District #5

All elected officials will serve a four-year term that runs from November 2022 to October 2026. 

Read the official Public Notice of Nomination.

Running in the Election

Are you thinking of running for local office in Elkford? Our elected officials are entrusted with making decisions that directly affect the daily lives of every resident and business in our community. They are responsible for contributing to the betterment of our local government, providing leadership and both serving and acting on behalf of all citizens of Elkford. They play a critical role in keeping our community vibrant, healthy and successful, both socially and economically.

Ready to run? Keep reading to learn more!

Candidate Eligibility

Candidate Eligibility

You are qualified to be nominated, elected and to hold office as a member of local government if you meet ALL the following criteria:

  • Canadian citizen;
  • 18 years of age or older on election day;
  • Resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and
  • Not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment, or by law, from voting in an election or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office.

Nomination Packages

Nomination Packages

Nomination packages are available for pick up as of August 2, 2022, in person, at the District of Elkford Municipal Office at 744 Fording Drive during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays).

Packages are also available by email for any candidates who wish to view or print their own documents. For an email package, please contact the Deputy Chief Election Officer, Chantel Dawson, at cdawson@elkford.ca.

Completed packages will be accepted ONLY during the Nomination Period, which takes place from Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at 9 a.m. to Friday, September 9, 2022, at 4 p.m., BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Candidates are required to book an appointment with Chantel Dawson, Deputy Chief Election Officer, by calling 250.865.4005 or emailing cdawson@elkford.ca.

Key Dates

Key Dates

  • July 18 to September 16, 2022: Pre-campaign period (election advertising rules apply)
  • August 2, 2022: Candidate Nomination Packages available at the District of Elkford Municipal Office, 744 Fording Drive
  • August 30, 2022, at 9 a.m. to September 9, 2022, at 4 p.m.: Nomination Period
  • September 17 to October 15, 2022: Campaign period
  • October 5, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and October 11, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Advanced Voting Opportunities–Council Chambers at the Elkford Municipal Office (744 Fording Drive)
  • October 15, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.: General Voting Day--Elkford Community Conference Centre (750 Fording Drive)
  • October 19, 2022: Deadline for declaration of official results
  • November 7, 2022: Inaugural Council Meeting (open to the public)
  • November 8, 2022 (tentative): Council Orientation (only for those elected to council)

Candidate Resources

Voting in the Election

Why should you vote? Your municipality determines how your tax dollars are allocated and provides the day-to-day services you count on, such as fire rescue and emergency services, water and sewer, snow clearing, bylaw enforcement, parks, trails and recreational facilities. By voting for the candidate(s) who best align with your ideals and values to represent you, you are partaking in the democratic process and directly influencing the health, future and success of your local government and community. Your vote matters!

What about voting for school trustees? Among other important responsibilities, trustees decide how best to meet the needs of local students by maintaining and building schools, hiring the teachers and staff required to keep them running smoothly and authorizing the allocation of funds for educational initiatives and programs.

Voter Eligibility

Who Can Vote?

To vote in the District of Elkford, you must meet all the following requirements:

  • District of Elkford Resident Electors
  • 18 years of age or older on the day of voting;
  • Canadian citizen;
  • Resident of the District of Elkford on the day of voting;
  • Resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to voting day (April 14 for General Voting Day); and
  • Not disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, or by law from voting in a local election.

Non-Resident Property Electors:

  • 18 years of age or older on the day of voting;
  • Canadian citizen;
  • Resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to voting day;
  • Not disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, or by law from voting in a local election;
  • Registered owner of real property in the District of Elkford for at least 30 days immediately before the day of voting;
  • Not registered as a resident elector; and
  • Not disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, or by law from voting in a local election.

 

How and Where to Vote

How and Where to Vote
 

Advanced Voting Opportunities: Council Chambers in the Elkford Municipal Office (744 Fording Drive)

  • October 5, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • October 11, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

General Voting Day: Elkford Community Conference Centre (750 Fording Drive)

  • October 15, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Mail Ballot Voting:

  • In 2021, legislation was updated that allows all electors to vote by mail if authorized by bylaw. Council adopted Election Bylaw No. 868, 2022, which includes provisions for voting my mail.
  • Eligible resident and non-resident electors are allowed to vote by mail.
  • Watch for more information about how to vote by mail.

Voter Resources

Voter Resources

Learn more about voting:

Contact 

 

Sarann Press–Chief Election Officer

Chantel Dawson–Deputy Chief Election Officer

Elections BC