Election 2018 Information

General Local Elections are held every four years in BC. In North Cowichan this includes the election of a Mayor and six Councillors to Municipal Council.

General Voting Day in North Cowichan is Saturday, October 20, 2018. Advance Voting opportunities are being held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 and Tuesday, October 16, 2018.


Do I qualify to vote?

You may vote in the election as a resident elector if you meet all of the following requirements on the day of registration:

  • you are 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • you are a Canadian citizen;
  • you have lived in British Columbia for at least six months before you register to vote;
  • you have lived in the Municipality of North Cowichan for at least 30 days or more before you register to vote; and
  • you are not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election, or otherwise disqualified by law.

How do I register to vote?

The Municipality of North Cowichan will adopt the Provincial Voters List as its List of Registered Electors in August 2018. If your name does not appear on the List of Registered Electors and you are a qualified elector, you may register at the voting place immediately before you vote.

To register to vote, you must bring at least two documents that provide evidence of your identity and place of residence. At least one of the documents must contain your signature.

Types of acceptable documents include a B.C. Driver’s Licence; B.C. Care Card; Social Insurance Card; credit card; bank debit card; a telephone, electric, gas or cable bill; an Owner’s Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence issued by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC); and a real property tax notice.

Where do I vote on October 20, 2018?

You may vote at any one of the following six voting places between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm:

Chemainus Seniors Drop-In Centre
9824 Willow Street, Chemainus

Quamichan School
2515 Beverly Street, Duncan

Crofton Elementary School
8017 York Road, Crofton

École Mt. Prevost School
6177 Somenos Road, Duncan

Maple Bay Elementary School
1500 Donnay Drive, Duncan

North Cowichan Municipal Hall
7030 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan

Voting Locations Map [PDF – 656 KB]

Section 124 of the Local Government Act prohibits a person from voting more than once in the same election. A person who contravenes this section is guilty of an offence and is liable, upon conviction, to the following penalties:

  1. a fine of not more than $5,000; and/or
  2. imprisonment for a term not longer than one year.

Can I vote before October 20, 2018?

Yes. Advance voting will be held at the North Cowichan Municipal Hall, 7030 Trans Canada Highway, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 and Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

What if I own property in North Cowichan, but live elsewhere?

You may be eligible to vote in the election if you own property in North Cowichan but live elsewhere in B.C.  Please contact the Chief Election Officer or Deputy Chief Election Officer at 250.746.3100 for more information on ‘non-resident property electors’.

What if I need assistance to vote?

We have chosen voting places that are as accessible as possible to people with disabilities or impaired mobility. If you find it difficult to get into a voting place because of a physical disability or impaired mobility, but can make it to the parking lot or the curb outside, you may have someone ask an election official to bring you a ballot. This is called ‘curbside voting’.

If you are unable to mark your own ballot, you may ask an election official, friend, or relative to help you. If you need a translator, you may bring someone to assist you. Those who assist you will need to sign a declaration that they will preserve the secrecy of your vote.

Is North Cowichan using voting machines for the 2018 election?

Yes, Election Bylaw, No. 3544, authorizes the use of voting machines for the election. These machines scan marked ballots, record votes, and quickly produce accurate election results after the close of voting on general voting day.

Is the voting machine ballot different than ballots used in previous elections?

Yes, instead of individual ballots for each race and referenda or opinion question as used in previous elections, there will be just one composite ballot this year. This composite ballot will include each race (Mayor, Councillor and School Trustee) and any referenda or opinion questions for which voters are entitled to vote. In addition, instead of placing an “X” next to your choice(s) on the ballot, for this election you will fill in an oval next to your choice(s), as shown in the diagram below. You may vote for fewer than the number of seats to be filled, but you must not vote for more than the number of seats to be filled.  For example, you may vote for fewer than six Councillors, but not for more than six Councillors. As in previous elections, do not write on the ballot, or place any other marks on the ballot.

Voting Machines are Easy to Use:

  1. Following the instructions on the ballot, mark the ballot using the pen provided by filling in the oval beside your choice(s).
  2. To preserve the secrecy of the ballot, insert it face-down into the voting machine.
  3. The machine scans the ballot. If an error is detected, the voter is given the option to either:
    • return to the voting compartment to correct the error, or receive a replacement ballot for marking if the voter has over-voted; or
    • have the machine accept the ballot as originally marked. Any errors on the ballot (e.g., voting for too many candidates in a single race) will not be counted.

If you have any questions about marking the ballot, please ask an election official for instructions before you vote.

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