In order to be eligible to vote locally as a resident or non-resident property elector, a person must:
• Be 18 years of age or older when they register to vote, or 18 years or older on general voting day,
• Be a Canadian citizen,
• Have been a resident of B. C. for at least six months before they register to vote,
• Have either lived or owned property in the jurisdiction in which they intend to vote for at least 30 days before they register to vote, and
• Not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, or by law from voting in a local election
Voting rights are granted to citizens based on residency or property ownership. There is no corporate or business vote in local elections.
Eligible electors who live on a First Nation reserve can vote. Where that person votes depends on whether the reserve is located within a municipality or regional district jurisdiction.
Non-Resident Property Electors
When a person lives in one jurisdiction and owns property in one or more other jurisdictions, they may vote once in each of the other jurisdictions where they own property — as long as they meet the voter eligibility requirements.
If a person owns a property with one or more other individuals, only one person is eligible to vote as the non-resident property elector for that property. The owner entitled to vote must be designated, in writing, by the majority of the property owners.
A person cannot vote on behalf of a corporation, or as a non-resident property elector, based on a property owned wholly or in part by a corporation.
Students who live in one jurisdiction and attend an educational institution in a jurisdiction different from their usual place of residence may vote only once–either in the jurisdiction where they attend school or in the jurisdiction that is their usual place of residence.
Resident electors and non-resident property electors are not eligible to vote in a local election if they:
• Have been convicted and sentenced for an indictable offence and are in custody
• Have been found guilty of an election offence, such as intimidation or vote-buying
• Do not otherwise meet voter eligibility requirements
Voting Day Registration Only
A local government may opt to use same-day voter registration rather than the provincial list of electors or a similar list of eligible electors compiled by the local government.
To register on voting day, eligible resident electors are required to make a solemn declaration about where they live in order to obtain a ballot. Non-resident property electors are required to show two pieces of identification and the title of the property (or other proof of property ownership) in relation to which they are voting.
Online Voter Registration