Grand Forks Elections 2022

Grand Forks City Hall

Key 2022 Election Dates

DateEvent
March 08, 2022Last day to meet six (6) month B.C. residency candidate requirement
April 14, 2022Last day to meet six (6) month B.C. residency elector requirement on Voting Day
August 30, 2022Nomination and endorsement packages available
August 30, 2022Nomination period begins at 9:00am
August 30, 2022 – September 09, 2022Nomination period
August 30, 2022Campaign signage may be erected at designated locations
September 09, 2022Nomination period closes at 4:00pm (late submissions will not be accepted)
September 09, 2022First day campaign signs may be placed per the Policy Manual for Supplemental Signs
September 13, 2022 at 4:00pmDeadline to challenge nominations and elector organization endorsements
September 16, 2022Deadlines for decision on challenging candidate nominations, candidate withdrawal, or candidate endorsement withdrawal by elector organization
September 19, 2022 – October 15, 2022Campaign period
October 05, 2022Advance Voting opportunity
October 6, 2022Special Voting opportunities – Election officials will visit Silver Kettle Village, Boundary Lodge, Hardy View Lodge/Boundary Hospital, and Phoenix Manor to assist residents with voting.
October 15, 2022General Voting Day from 8:00am to 8:00pm
October 17, 2022Deadline for campaign signage to be removed (next working day following the election)
October 19, 2022 – October 24, 2022Time period to request a judicial recount of election results
November 3, 2023Orientation Workshop for Council
November 7, 2023Inaugural Meeting of Council for the 2022-2026 term.
January 13, 2023Deadline for submission of Campaign Financing Disclosure Statement. Must be submitted directly to Elections BC
February 13, 2023Late Campaign Financing Disclosure Statement subject to a $500 late filing fee. Must be submitted directly to Elections BC

2022 Election Voting Information

The 2022 General Local Election will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at the Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary School from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

One Advance Voting opportunity will be held at Gallery 2 (the Grand Forks Art Gallery) on Wednesday, October 05, 2022 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and four Special Voting opportunities will be held on Thursday, October 06, 2022 at various times to assist residents at Boundary Lodge, Silver Kettle Village, Hardy View Lodge/Boundary Hospital, and Phoenix Manor.

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, August 30, 2022 and ends at 4:00 PM on Friday, September 09, 2022. 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).

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

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

2022 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 2042-A1 – General Local Government Election Amendment Bylaw

  • Remove requirement for two advance polls – provincial legislation requires one for communities under 5000 population
  • Switch to using provincial (Elections BC) voters list instead of a locally maintained poll book

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

Bylaw 2043-A1 – Automated Voting Machine Amendment Bylaw

  • Adds the ability to use Automated Tabulation Machines at Special Voting Opportunities at the discretion of the Chief Electoral Officer

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:
now available online – packages may be returned, completed, between August 30 and September 9, 2022.

Hard copy packages will be 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.
6. Local Candidate Information Release Form

Contact Us

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

Theresa Lenardon – Chief Election Officer

(250) 364-1388

olivelen58@gmail.com

Kevin McKinnon – Deputy Chief Election Officer/Deputy Corporate Officer

(250) 442-8266

kmckinnon@grandforks.ca