Grand Forks Elections 2018
Key 2018 Election Dates
|March 13, 2018||Last day to meet six (6) month B.C. residency candidate requirement|
|April 19, 2018||Last day to meet six (6) month B.C. residency elector requirement on Voting Day|
|No Later than July 27, 2018||Nomination and endorsement packages available|
|September 4, 2018 – September 14, 2018||Nomination period begins|
|September 4, 2018||Nomination period begins at 9:00am|
|September 4, 2018||Campaign signage may be erected at designated locations|
|September 14, 2018||Nomination period closes at 4:00pm (late submissions will not be accepted)|
|September 18, 2018 at 4:00pm||Deadline to challenge nominations and elector organization endorsements|
|September 21, 2018||Deadlines for decision on challenging candidate nominations, candidate withdrawal, or candidate endorsement withdrawal by elector organization|
|September 22, 2018 – October 20, 2018||Campaign period|
|October 10, 2018||Advance Voting opportunity|
|October 17, 2018||Advance Voting opportunity|
|October 20, 2018||General Voting Day from 8:00am to 8:00pm|
|October 24, 2018||Deadline for campaign signage to be removed|
|January 18, 2019||Deadline for submission of Campaign Financing Disclosure Statement. Must be submitted directly to Elections BC|
|February 18, 2019||Late 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.
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:
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:
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.
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
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.
Voting in the election:
Voter’s Guide to Local Elections in BC
Becoming a candidate:
Candidate Guides and Resources on the Province of BC Website
If you require any assistance or have any questions regarding the election process, please contact:
Dawn Attorp – Chief Election Officer