Grand Forks Elections 2018

Grand Forks City Hall

Key 2018 Election Dates

DateEvent
March 13, 2018Last day to meet six (6) month B.C. residency candidate requirement
April 19, 2018Last day to meet six (6) month B.C. residency elector requirement on Voting Day
No Later than July 27, 2018Nomination and endorsement packages available
September 4, 2018 – September 14, 2018Nomination period begins
September 4, 2018Nomination period begins at 9:00am
September 4, 2018Campaign signage may be erected at designated locations
September 14, 2018Nomination period closes at 4:00pm (late submissions will not be accepted)
September 18, 2018 at 4:00pmDeadline to challenge nominations and elector organization endorsements
September 21, 2018Deadlines for decision on challenging candidate nominations, candidate withdrawal, or candidate endorsement withdrawal by elector organization
September 22, 2018 – October 20, 2018Campaign period
October 10, 2018Advance Voting opportunity
October 17, 2018Advance Voting opportunity
October 20, 2018General Voting Day from 8:00am to 8:00pm
October 24, 2018Deadline for campaign signage to be removed
January 18, 2019Deadline for submission of Campaign Financing Disclosure Statement. Must be submitted directly to Elections BC
February 18, 2019Late Campaign Financing Disclosure Statement subject to a $500 late filing fee. Must be submitted directly to Elections BC

2018 Election Voting Information

The 2018 General Local Election will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary School from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Two Advance Voting opportunities will be held at the City of Grand Forks Council Chamber on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 and Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

The City of Grand Forks will be seeking candidates for one position of Mayor, six positions of Councillor, all for four-year terms.

Nomination period begins at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and ends at 4:00 PM on Friday, September 14, 2018. Eligibility for being nominated for and holding office of Mayor or Councillor can be found on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website (see link below). Nomination documents are available at City Hall starting Friday, July 27, 2018.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/local-governments/governance-powers/general-local-elections/thinking-of-running-for-local-office

The City will be holding a Candidate Information Session for prospective candidates and the public on Tuesday, August 28 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Grand Forks Secondary School. If you are considering running as a candidate and want more information regarding expectations of the positions, please consider attending this session.

Although voting proceedings for both the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (Area “D”) Director and School District No. 51 School Trustees (for Grand Forks) are held in conjunction with the City voting, the RDKB and the School District run their own elections and questions regarding their candidates or becoming one of their candidates, or general questions on their specific election should be made directly to them at the following:

RDKB – www.rdkb.com

School District 51 – www.sd51.bc.ca

2018 Election Updates & Procedures Information

This page will be updated as information is received throughout the election process. This information will include the list of candidates running for positions or those acclaimed to positions as well as other important information regarding the election or voting.

The City’s election is conducted under the legislation provided through the Province of British Columbia. For more information on the legislation, proceedings or voter’s guide in various languages, please go to:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/local-governments/governance-powers/general-local-elections

The City of Grand Forks uses electronic voting machines. Voting for candidates is still done by hand, on specially prepared ballots, but the vote counting is done electronically. Manual counts of each and every vote are no longer required, which means the vote tally can be calculated within minutes of the final voter casting his or her ballot. Unofficial election results are usually available within an hour of the close of polls. The paper ballots are still retained in the event that a recount, whether electronic or manual, is required.

Bylaw 2042 – Procedures for Conduct of General Local Government Elections and Other Voting

Bylaw 2043 – Procedures for Use of Automated Voting Machines General Local Elections and Other Voting

Requirements to vote or become a candidate

To vote or run in the election, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older on general voting day.
  • Be a Canadian Citizen.
  • Have lived in BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed.
  • Not be disqualified by law from being nominated, elected or holding office.

Election Candidates & Nominations

BC Government Document Links:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/british-columbians-our-governments/local-governments/governance-powers/candidates_guide_to_local_elections.pdf

https://elections.bc.ca/docs/lecfa/guide-to-local-elections-campaign-financing-in-bc-for-candidates-and-their-financial-agents.pdf

PDF Documents Election Nomination Package Download (.zip file):
Grand Forks Candidates and Nominations Package (.zip)

Hard copy packages are available at City Hall.

The packages consist of:
1. City of Grand Forks Nomination Documents letter (3 pages)
2. Candidate Nomination Package (22 pages)
3. Candidate’s Guide booklet
4. Local Elections Campaign Financing Amendment Act, 2017 Bulletin (2 pages)
5. Elections BC Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC for Candidates and their Financial Agents booklet.

Contact Us

If you require any assistance or have any questions regarding the election process, please contact:

Dawn Attorp – Chief Election Officer

(250) 608-1491

attorp@shaw.ca

Daniel Drexler – Deputy Chief Election Officer/Corporate Officer

(250) 442-8266

ddrexler@grandforks.ca

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