Voter - Frequently Asked Questions

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DO I NEED TO REGISTER TO VOTE?

The District of Coldstream does not utilize a voters list – registration is done at the time of voting and the process is as follows:

  • Each eligible voter produces two (2) pieces of acceptable identification (see list under Required ID to vote);
  • Each eligible voter will provide an oral declaration that they quality (see Eligibility for voting); and
  • For the Voting Book, each eligible voter must provide their full name, residential address, last six digits of their Social Insurance Number OR Date of Birth AND every elector must provide a declaration.

AM I ELIGIBLE TO VOTE?

Residents

You are eligible to vote in the District of Coldstream if you meet all of the following requirements.

You are:

  • 18 years of age or older on the day of voting;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to voting day (April 14, 2022); and
  • are not disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, or by law from voting in a local election.

Non-residents

You must provide proof of ownership of the property for which you are voting and you meet all the following requirements. You are:

  • 18 years of age or older on the day of voting;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to voting day (April 14, 2022);
  • a registered owner of real property in the District of Coldstream for at least 30 days immediately before the voting day (September 14, 2022); and
  • are not disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, or by law from voting in a local election.

If there is more than one person on title for the property, you must provide written permission from the majority of property owners authorizing you as the sole individual to vote for that property. Please find the Non-Resident Property Elector Consent Form here

I OWN MULTIPLE PROPERTIES IN THE DISTRICT OF COLDSTREAM BUT LIVE ELSEWHERE, CAN I VOTE FOR EACH ONE?

No, you may vote only once as a non-resident property owner if you own two or more properties, and you must meet all other requirements.

WHAT IDENTIFICATION IS REQUIRED TO VOTE?

Please bring two pieces of identification that include your address and signature. Examples of acceptable identification include:

  • B.C. Driver's License
  • B.C. Identification Card
  • Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle License issued by ICBC
  • B.C. Services Card, B.C. CareCard or Gold CareCard
  • Ministry of Social Development Income Assistance Monthly Report Form
  • Social Insurance Card
  • Citizenship card
  • Property tax notice issued by the City of Vernon
  • Credit or debit card
  • Utility bill (electricity, natural gas, water, telephone or cable service)
  • Student card Please note the combination B.C. Driver’s License/Care Card is ONE piece of identification.

WHAT IF I AM OUT OF TOWN ON ELECTION DAY, HOW CAN I VOTE?

Advance Voting Days are scheduled to allow those electors that would otherwise be absent from the District of Coldstream on Election Day. Mail Ballot Voting is also an option. Please see When, Where, and How to Vote, for dates and locations.

I HAVE A DISABILITY, WILL I RECEIVE SUPPORT AT THE VOTING LOCATION?

If you have difficulty entering the voting location, you may request to receive and mark your ballot outside (curbside voting). Election officials will provide you with a ballot and a secrecy sleeve. You may choose to have someone who is accompanying you deposit the ballot in the voting machine or request an election official to do this for you.

If you require assistance with voting, you may also bring someone with you into the voting location to help you vote.  Please note they will be required to complete and sign a declaration in order to provide support.

ENGLISH IS MY SECOND LANGUAGE, CAN I BRING SOMEONE IN TO ASSIST ME?

If you have difficulty reading or writing English, you may bring a translator to assist at the voting location. The person assisting will be required to complete and sign a declaration in order to provide translation help.

 

Address

The District of Coldstream
9901 Kalamalka Road
Coldstream, BC V1B 1L6
Tel: (250) 545-5304
Fax: (250) 545-4733
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Closed on Statutory Holidays
 
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