Grand Forks Local Government Elections
Grand Forks By-Election
The City of Grand Forks will be holding a General Voting Day By-Election on Saturday, May 28th, 2016.
This Local By-election is for ONE SEAT for Councillor for the City of Grand Forks. The election term will be 2 years 5 months completing in October of 2018.
For those considering running for Council, nomination packages are ready for pick-up at City Hall as of March 23rd and will be made available up to the close of the nomination period on April 22nd, 2016.
INFORMATION SESSION FOR THOSE THINKING OF RUNNING FOR COUNCIL
The City is offering an an Information Session for those considering running for Council which will be held at Council Chambers at City Hall on April 12th, 2016 at 10:00 am to Noon. This session will allow perspective candidates to ask questions of Council and further to get an idea on legislative obligations and the role as a Council member belonging to Local Government.
For those individuals who are considering running for Council, please refer to the Elections BC website for further information.
Advance registration is now available at City Hall until 4:00 PM April 5th, 2016.
After the close of the Advance Elector Registration period on April 5th, 2016, residents and eligible non-resident electors may register at the Advance Poll on Wednesday, May 18th from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. (Location to yet be determined); and on General Voting Day on Saturday, May 28th from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. (Located to yet be determined).
The following link provides a copy of the City’s current Election Bylaw No. 1999.
ELECTION SIGN ALLOWANCES
The following are guidelines for placing Election Signs for the Municipality:
AREAS CONTAINING CITY IRRIGATION LINES:
72nd Avenue between 4th and 5th Street Boulevard (Selkirk College) contains irrigation lines – signs should not be placed along this boulevard; City Hall across the street (and park), is off limits as well.
The Highway corridor from 5th Street to the RCMP Station – both sides of the street contain irrigation lines and signs should not be placed within 18 inches on the Highway side of the sidewalk.
Any signs placed in these areas have the potential to damage the City’s irrigation system and any damage to City property will be invoiced to the Candidate.
POWER AND UTILITY POLES
No signs are allowed on the City Power or Utility Poles (Worksafe Regulations). Signs will be removed at the Candidates’ expense
HIGHWAY CORRIDOR (pertains to all of Highway 3 in and out of the City)
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) holds the jurisdiction for Highway 3, and their regulations and policies apply with regard to Election Signage. Please refer to their policy here and note the highlighted sections of this policy. It is important to note that signs placed on private property (with permission of the property owner), need to comply with MOTI’s site line requirements as well, or the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will have them removed or pulled out.
The timeline for any sign placement on the highway does not begin until the close of the nomination period (4:00 pm April 22nd, 2016) and must be removed on the day following the end of the electoral event.
NO SIGNAGE WITHIN A 100 METRES OF THE VOTING PLACES (also applies to elevations)
This applies to both the advance voting day of May 18th, 2016 and for the general voting day of May 28th, 2016. The voting venue for the Local Government By-Election is City Hall – upstairs in Council Chambers, 7217 – 4th Street.
The same applies for General Voting Day at the Special Voting Opportunity Venues:
Phoenix Manor – 876-72nd Avenue;
Boundary Lodge Assisted Living – 7130 – 9th Street;
Boundary Hospital and Hardview Lodge – 7649-22nd Street and
Silver Kettle Village, 2350-72nd Avenue.
As the City moves through the Election process further information will be provided on this page.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
General Election Information
Since 1990 BC Local Government Elections for Mayor, Councillors and School Board Trustees have been held every three years. General voting day is the third Saturday in November 2014. The next Local Government Election for Mayor, six (6) Councillors and School Trustee (s) will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2014. This election term will be for four years.
The City of Grand Forks will be providing continuous information for members of the public and those interested in pursuing candidacy in the 2014 Local Elections. In order to offer a fair distribution to all those considering candidacy in the 2014 Local Elections, this page will act as a complete information source, so that all candidates will have access to the same information.
This page will be a work in progress as we approach the upcoming election with up to date information, important dates, legislative links, etc…
Stay tuned to this page with up to date Grand Forks Local Government Election information.
ADVANCE VOTING DAY
DATES: Wednesday November 5th & Wednesday November 12th, 2014
WHERE: Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) Office at 2140 Central Avenue, Grand Forks
On May 21st, 2014, Council hosted an informal session which invited persons thinking of running for candidacy in the 2014 Local Government Elections. The session included a chat about some of Council’s roles and responsibilities and a visual chart of some of the issues that Council deals with through their term.
Additionally there was a Q & A Period where individuals were offered the opportunity to ask questions to Council members regarding their past experiences, their highs and lows and what the job of an elected official entails.
Councils and Local Governments are bound by several legislations from both the Federal and Provincial Governments. The link below provides quick access to all legislative obligations that effect local government.
VOTING PLACE INFORMATION – 100 Metre Candidacy Sign Disallowment
All Candidates, please note the following maps that indicate an accurate 100 metre buffer zone around each of the voting place buildings involved in our Local Government Elections. The first map document below indicates all of the zones in a snapshot of the entire voting area.
2014 – Election Buffer Zones Map
The following are a closer image map of each individual area:
1. Advance Voting on both November 5th and November 12th. All candidate signage must not be located within the 100 metre buffer zone from the Regional District Board Office at 2140 Central Avenue on either of these two dates. Signs not removed will be removed by the City upon a preliminary morning sweep and additional sweeps through the entire day until the close of polls at 8:00 PM. Please refer to the map for the accurate buffer of 100 metres.
RDKB Building Buffer Zone Map
2. General Voting Day on November 15th. All candidate signage must not be located within the 100 metre buffer zone from Perley School Building Footprint on general voting day. Signs not removed will be removed by the City upon a preliminary morning sweep and additional sweeps through the entire day until the close of polls at 8:00 PM. Please refer to the map for the accurate buffer of 100 metres.
Perley School Building Buffer Zone Map
3. Mobile Voting Opportunities on November 15th. There are four mobile voting opportunities (two are located adjacent to each other and appear on one map). All candidate signage must be removed from the 100 metre zone of the following building footprints in conjunction with the voting time schedule as indicated here:
- Phoenix Manor – 876-72nd Avenue – Voting Duration is 9:00 am to 9:45 am
- Boundary Lodge Assisted Living – 7130 – 9th Street is 10:15 am to 11:00 am. A sweep of the area will begin by 8:30 am and end at 11:00 am for this area. The map showing the buffer zone to the building footprints of both buildings can be found here.
Phoenix Manor & Boundary Lodge Building Buffer Zone Map
- Silver Kettle Village – 2350 – 72nd Avenue – Voting Duration is from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Again, a sweep will be provided prior to 1:00 pm and end at 3:00 pm. The map showing the no-sign buffer zone can be found here.
Silver Kettle Village Building Buffer Zone Map
4. Boundary Hospital and Assisted Living complex and cottages – 7649 – 22nd Street – Voting Duration is from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. A sweep of this area will begin prior to 3:30 pm and end at 5:30 pm. The map showing the no-sign buffer zone can be found here.
Boundary Hospital Building Buffer Zone Map
Candidates will be responsible for their own signs and would need to make arrangements with the City on the retrieval of any signs that were in violation and picked up. Signs not picked up by December 15th, 2014 will be considered a disposable item.
Candidates may request a hard copy of these maps at the City Administrative Office at 6641 Industrial Parkway during regular working hours.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS GUIDES NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development (Ministry) has now published a series of election guides for the upcoming November 15, 2014 general local elections.
For more information, please see the following information packages:
Government of BC – What Every Candidate Needs to Know
Anyone wishing to access forms pertaining to the Elections including the Statement of Disclosure Form, please click the link below:
Local governments and boards of education will receive copies of the above materials in mid to late July.
The Ministry will also be piloting the “What Candidates Need to Know for 2014 General Local Elections” webinar at 5:00 pm on July 22, 2014 for candidates.
A proposal for an elections workshop has been put forward for the UBCM Convention later this fall.
For answers to questions about LECFA election advertising, third party advertising sponsors and campaign financing rules, please contact Elections BC.
Toll-free at: 1 (855) 952-0280
By email at: email@example.com
For answers to questions about municipal, regional district or trust area elections administration, please contact the Ministry’s Governance and Structure Branch for more information.
By Phone: (250) 387-4020
Qualifications to run for Local Government Office
In 2014, the City of Grand Forks voters will elect one (1) candidate for the position of Mayor, six (6) candidates for the position of Councillor.
To qualify as a candidate for local government office, at the time of nomination, a person must meet the following criteria:
- You must be 18 years of age or older on general voting day.
- You must be a Canadian Citizen.
- You must be a resident of BC for at least six months prior to the date of nomination.
- Not disqualified by any statute or law, from being nominated, elected or holding office.
Nominees must be nominated by two resident electors of the City of Grand Forks.
Nominees (the candidate) are not required to be resident or non-resident property owners in the City of Grand Forks.
For more information, please see the guide: What Every Candidate Needs to Know prepared by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
If you are elected to local office, you will be expected to serve the 2014 – 2018 (Four Year) Term.
The Council Inaugural meeting will be held Monday, December 1, 2014.
You should be aware that holding local office can be time consuming. In addition to regular meetings, Council usually attends other meetings. You may also be asked to sit on special committees, task forces, boards, commissions or liaisons to community organizations that may also require a significant time commitment both with attending the meeting and preparing for them.
NOMINATION PACKAGES AVAILABLE ON AUGUST 25TH!
For those interested in running for Mayor or Council, please be advised that nomination packages will be available for pick up as of Monday, August 25th, 2014, at the City Administrative Office located at 6641 Industrial Parkway (old Canpar office building) during normal working hours from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday (exception to Statutory Holidays).
As these packages contain extensive guides and information, each person will be required to place their name on a sign up sheet prior to the receipt of their package, to ensure that packages are taken for its intended use.
Completed nomination forms will only be accepted during the Nomination Period from 9:00 am September 30th through to October 10th at 4:00 PM. Candidates need to ensure that their forms are correctly filled out and that the chosen nominators are Resident Electors or eligible Resident Electors.
All instructions are contained in the Candidates Guide and other materials which are supplied within the package to assist the candidates as well as the ability to ask questions directly to Elections BC. It is not the responsibility of City Staff to verify that the Nomination Form is filled out correctly; however Staff will verify if the Nominators are eligible residential electors.
Note to Nominators: Eligible Residential Electors who are nominating a candidate(s) should ensure that they are listed as an elector in the Poll Book; if not, the Nominator should register in the Advanced Poll Registration so that their names will be present in the current Poll Book. This lessens the risk of challenges to the Candidate(s).
The deadline for advance Elector registration is September 23rd at 4:00 PM. Registration forms can be found in the Electors/Voters section of our webpage or can be picked up at the City Hall Administrative Offices at 6641 Industrial Parkway.
Disclosure Statements & Filing
To all 2014 General Local Elections participants,
All disclosure statement forms for local elections candidates, elector organizations, campaign organizers and third party sponsors are available on the Elections BC website at www.elections.bc.ca/lecfa.
Participants must file disclosure statements with Elections BC by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 13, 2015. The forms can be filled out online using Adobe Reader and emailed to Elections BC or they can be downloaded, printed, completed and faxed or scanned and emailed to Elections BC. A cover page for each participant must be signed before the forms are submitted.
Hard copies of forms and guides are mailed to candidates and elector organizations after Elections BC receives the relevant information from local election officials. Third party sponsors are mailed their forms and guides after registering directly with Elections BC.
COMMON QUESTIONS ASKED BY POTENTIAL CANDIDATES
1. What do Mayor and Council make for wages?
Mayor and Council Remuneration is determined by Bylaw No.1743. The bylaw indicates a base rate and this amount adjusts each year in accordance with the Canadian consumer price index of the preceding year. Two-thirds of Mayor and Council wages are taxable; whereas the remaining third is provided as an allowance for expenses incidental to those duties of office.
Another factor in their wages are taxable benefits – members of Council may opt to utilize different factors of benefits such as life insurance, AD & D, health and dental. Within the 2013 Statement of Financial Information (SOFI) which is found in the Finance section of our webpage, Council’s wages ranged from $16,275.45 to $17,061.44 depending on the benefits which each individual utilized. The Mayor’s wage for 2013 was $21,700.
2. What expenses and travel allowances are afforded to Mayor and Council?
In reference to the SOFI (as above), expenses and travel allowance vary with each member of Council. During the yearly budgeting process, Council determines the total amount for expenses allotted for the attendance of Conferences and Training. Travel Allowances are defined through Policy No.112 and Memberships and Conferences are defined through Policy No.301.
3. What do I do with the Statement of Disclosure Form that is part of the Nomination Package?
The Statement of Disclosure Form in your nomination package is to be submitted with your nomination papers to the Chief Election Officer.
We have offered a link to this form below:
Please refer to this fact sheet below with regard to the information you should or should not disclose.
Disclosure Fact Sheet
4. I plan to use signs as part of my campaign for candidacy, where can I put them?
Prior to placing your signs, you should contact BC One.
Their information is located on their website at:
By doing so, you will avoid any costs that may be incurred through damage to infrastructure.
You may receive permission from private property owners to place signs on their property. Make sure that you are not going to compromise any infrastructure in so doing.
Signage is not allowed on civically owned infrastructure such as poles but not limited to poles. If in doubt, please ask.
Signage for Advance Polls – not within a 100 metres of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Building at 2140 Central Avenue.
The highway corridor is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Candidates should contact MOTI.
Voting Day – No signage within a 100 metres of D.A. Perley school, Silver Kettle Village, Boundary Lodge, Pheonix Manor and Boundary Hospital and attached care facilities and cottages.
The highway corridor is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Candidates should contact MOTI
The following attachment is an excerpt regarding advertising and signage from the Candidate’s Guide to Local Government Elections in BC Booklet.
5. Which forms are we, as candidates, supposed to be submitting to Elections BC?
Elections BC will mail each candidate a package that has all the forms required with regard to the LECFA (Local Elections Campaign Financing Act). There are approximately 17 different forms that each candidate will need to consider filling out (if it applies to them). These forms need to be filled out after the election whether or not you have been elected. The due date for Elections BC to receive these forms is February 13th, 2015. These forms can be mailed, emailed, faxed or couriered directly to Elections BC, or will be accepted, in person, at any Service BC facility.
Here is a link to the Candidate information and a PDF of the forms which will be in the package from Elections BC:
Here is the link below, which provides all of their contact information:
For further details please refer to the “Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC” commencing on Page 7 with regard to Disclosure Statements.
6. Why aren‘t all eligible electors listed in the City’s Poll Book?
Resident and Non-Resident electors are required to register in accordance with the legislative requirements; it is the electorate who must initiate this process. The opportunities to register are available only in an election year in Advance Registration or at the Polls of any of the Election opportunities.
7. It is my understanding that there were three expressions of interest for the water meter installation project. I know that Corix and Neptune were two of them. Could you please tell who the third EOI came from?
As part of the public process, the City of Grand Forks (through Urban Systems Limited), publicly advertised for proponents to submit their expressions of interest for the Water Meter Supply and Installation as a pre-qualification of proponents.
Three proponents submitted their Expression of Interest as follows:
1) Neptune Technology Group (Canada) Ltd.
2) Corix Utilities Inc.; and
3) Konrad Mechanical Inc.
Elector Voting Information
You can vote in a municipal election if you:
- Are 18 years of age or older on general voting day.
- Are a Canadian citizen (Note: landed immigrants are not eligible to vote).
- Have lived in BC for at least six months immediately before voting day. (On or before May 13th, 2014)
- Have lived in Grand Forks for at least 30 days immediately before voting day. (On or before October 15th, 2014)
- Are not disqualified by law from voting.
Grand Forks’ residents who meet all these requirements can vote.
Are you registered to vote?
The City of Grand Forks uses its own List of Voters called the City of Grand Forks Poll Book List. The Poll List will be available at the City Hall Temporary Administrative Office Building at 6641 Industrial Parkway, Grand Forks, BC, from 9:00am to 4:00pm for residents and qualified non-residents to enquire if they are on the Poll List. If you do not appear on the list and meet all the requirements to vote, you may fill out the applicable forms, as outlined below, between these dates as well.
Advanced Registration Opportunity
Persons not on the list, who qualify, may register in advance for the 2014 General Election until 4:00pm on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014. After that time, persons wishing to vote, who are not registered, must wait until advance voting or general voting day to register.
Resident Elector Form
A resident voter is one that lives within the City’s municipal boundaries and can be a home owner or a renter. A Resident Elector form and instructions are available below for download and printing, or may be picked up at 6641 Industrial Parkway. The form must be filled out as directed and have ready, the ID requirements as outlined below for proper verification.
(After September 23rd, these forms will only be accepted at the Advance Polls and General Voting Day)
Non-Resident Elector Form and Consent Form
You may also be eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector if you:
- Are eligible to vote as a resident elector in another municipality, regional district or school district; and
- Own property in the City of Grand Forks for 30 days or more before you register to vote. (On or before October 15th, 2014)
Note: If you own property with someone else, only one non-resident property owner may vote:
If two or more non-resident property owners own a single piece of property, the majority of owners must designate – in writing, using the Non-Resident Consent Form – one owner as the non-resident property elector for that property.
If you own property along with a corporation, then none of the owners of the property are eligible to vote. The Non-Resident Property Elector Form is available for download and printing below. This form, must be accompanied by the non-resident consent form, if applicable, as explained above. Please refer to the ID requirements as outlined below for proper verification.
(After September 23rd, these forms will only be accepted at the Advance Polls and General Voting Day)
What is the identification required in order to vote?
In accordance with Provincial legislation, if a person is already registered on the voters list, there is no ID requirements at the time of voting, although a solemn verbal declaration will have to be made by the elector, prior to receiving a ballot, to ensure that they are the person named on the voters list. Although it is not required to vote, staff will ask if you have ID in an effort to help speed up the process during the ballot assignment.
If a person is not already registered on the voters list, and they are eligible to vote, the following ID requirements must be met when registering at the advance registration opportunity or at the time of voting:
What may I use for identification?
At least two ID documents must be shown that provide evidence of the person’s identity and place of residence, at least one of which must contain the person’s signature,
At least two ID documents must be shown that provide evidence of the person’s identity, at least one of which must contain the person’s signature, and make a solemn declaration as to the person’s place of residence.
Acceptable forms of Identification:
- Canadian Passport
- BC Driver’s License
- Certificate of Vehicle Insurance
- BC ID Card
- Credit Cards or Debit Cards
- Birth Certificate
- Canadian Citizenship Card
- Social Insurance Card (SIN Card)
- BC Care Card or BC Gold Care Card
- Property Tax Notice or Utility Bill
Can I Mail In My Ballot?
The City of Grand Forks does not offer mail-in ballots.
Will There Be Any Advance Voting Opportunities?
Yes. The City will have two advance voting opportunities prior to General Voting Day.
Advance Poll Dates are Wednesday, November 5th and Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 from 8:00am to 8:00pm at the Regional District Kootenay Boundary Boardroom entrance at 2140 Central Avenue, Grand Forks, BC.
Special Voting Opportunities?
On General Voting Day, the City will be offering Special Voting Opportunities at four facilities for its residents, patients and staff who are working on that day. (Times and more information to follow)
- Phoenix Manor Retirement Home
- Boundary Lodge Assisted Living
- Boundary Hospital & Hardyview Lodge (Includes the Cottages on site)
- Silver Kettle Village
What if I Need Assistance with Voting During Voting Day or Advance Voting?
If a voter has difficulty reading or writing English, they may bring a translator to assist them in the voting process. The translator must complete a solemn declaration of assistance in order to provide translation assistance.
If you require help with voting, you may ask the Presiding Election Official in charge at the voting place to assist you. You may also bring someone with you to the voting place to help you vote. This person must make a solemn declaration to preserve the secrecy of your ballot, to mark the ballot according to your wishes and to not attempt to influence how you vote.
If you require any assistance or have any questions regarding the election process, please contact:
Diane Heinrich – Chief Election Officer