2018 General Local Election

The 2018 general local election will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 in Keremeos.  An election for Mayor, Councillors and School Trustees will be held on this date.

Local government elections in British Columbia are held every four years.  This includes elections for Mayors, Councillors, School Trustees, Regional District Electoral Area Directors, Trustees for the Islands Trust, Local Community Commissioners and Park Board Commissioners.

 

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 Keremeos, the municipality conducts elections for school trustees, for the Okanagan-Similkameen School District No. 53.

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 by-elections and assent voting (referenda) held by local election authorities outside of the general local election cycle.

 

  2018 Key Dates
After July 27 Nomination Packages Available at Village Office
September 4 to September 14 Nomination Period
September 21 Last Day to Withdraw from Being a Candidate
September 22 to October 20 Campaign Period
October 1 Mail Ballots Available
October 10 Advance Voting
October 20 General Voting

 

For prospective and general candidate information, please click here.

For general voter information, please click here.

 

Where to Vote?

The Village of Keremeos’ Polling Station will be at Victory Hall located at 427 7th Avenue.  There will be two potential voting opportunities for the 2018 Local Government Elections:

  • General Voting Day: Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 8 AM to 8 PM
  • Advance Voting Day: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 8 AM to 8 PM

If you will be out of town during the voting opportunity days, you may apply for Mail Ballot Voting.

 

Mail Ballot Voting

Mail ballot voting will be permitted for those qualified electors who are unable to vote in the advance voting opportunities or on General Voting Day, due to:

  • Physical disability, illness or injury that affects your ability to vote at another voting opportunity; and/or
  • You expect to be absent from the Village of Keremeos on General Voting Day, and all advance voting opportunities.

Further information about Mail Ballot procedures can be found in the Village of Keremeos Elections Bylaw, which can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:

Elections Bylaw No. 830

To print out an application for Mail Ballot Voting, please click on the link below:

Application to Vote By Mail Ballot

Once you have completed and submitted the application form and your voter eligibility has been confirmed, you will be contacted to come and pick up a mail ballot voting package from the municipal office, or it will be sent to you.  Please take careful note of the instructions for completing the mail ballot correctly, and re-submit the package back to the municipal office or a Voting Place during voting for inclusion before 8 PM October 20, 2018

 

If you have any questions regarding voting or the 2018 Local General Election, please contact the Chief Election Officer at ceo@keremeos.ca or 250-499-2711.