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Elector Information

The Town uses the Provincial List of Electors for voting purposes.  Please contact Elections BC by telephone at 1-800-661-8683 or by email at electionsbc@elections.bc.ca to confirm if you are registered.

WHO CAN VOTE?

You can vote in the Town of Sidney election for Mayor and Councillors, and School Trustee if you are a resident of Sidney (“resident elector”), or own property in Sidney even if you don’t reside in Sidney (“non-resident property elector”).

To vote as a RESIDENT elector, you must meet the following requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the election;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration;
  • a resident of the Town of Sidney; and
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or assent voting and not otherwise disqualified by law.

To vote as a NON-RESIDENT property electors, you must meet the following requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the election;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration;
  • a registered owner of real property in the Town of Sidney for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration;
  • the only persons who are registered owners of the property, either as joint tenants or tenants in common, are individuals who are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust;
  • not entitled to register as a resident elector in the Town of Sidney;
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or assent voting and not otherwise disqualified by law; and
  • if there is more than one registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the WRITTEN CONSENT of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector. 

A person may register as a non-resident property elector only in relation to one parcel of real property in a municipality.  If the property is under joint or multiple ownership, only one individual may vote upon written consent of a majority of registered owners on title.

 

IDENTIFICATION

To register to vote as a RESIDENT elector at the time of voting you will need two of the following identification documents showing residency and identity, and one must contain a signature:

  • BC Driver’s Licence*
  • BC identification Card
  • BC Services Card*
  • ICBC Registration
  • Citizenship Card
  • Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • tax notice
  • credit card or debit card
  • utility bill (water, electrical, gas) 

*If you have a combined BC Driver’s Licence and Service Card, it counts as only one piece of identification.

To register as a NON-RESIDENT property elector at the time of voting you will need proof of property ownership and identification:

  • property tax notice/certificate
  • property assessment notice from BC Assessment
  • State of Title Certificate
  • Title Search
  • if applicable, written consent of a majority of the registered owners on title
  • two pieces of identification as listed above for resident electors