Elections and Voting
Voting in local elections is limited to residents and property owners of the voting jurisdiction who meet minimum statutory qualifications.
In the event a vacancy occurs for a director, a by-election to fill the vacancy will usually be held as soon as reasonably possible.
In addition to elections and by-elections, the Regional District may also hold a vote (other voting/referendum) to determine public opinion on a matter, or to obtain the assent of the electors on a proposed service.
How Do I Vote?
You may vote in a General Local Election as a Resident Elector if you meet all of the following criteria:
1. You are a Canadian citizen;
2. You are 18 years of age or older on or before general voting day;
3. You are a resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately prior to the day of registration;
4. You are a resident of the ACRD jurisdiction for at least 30 days immediately prior to the day of registration; and
5. You are not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other Act from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.
Rules for Determining Residency - Resident Elector
To determine residency for a resident elector the criteria are as follows:
1. Person is a resident of the area where the person lives and to which, whenever absent, the person intends to return;
2. Person may only be a resident of one area at a time for the purpose of voting in a local government election;
3. Person does not change their area of residence until they have a new area of residence;
4. Person does not cease to be a resident of an area by leaving the area for temporary purposes only;
5. If a person establishes residency in a new area which is away from their usual area of residence for the purpose of attending an educational institution in the new area, the person may choose to vote in either area; but not in both.
6. No corporation is entitled to be registered as an elector or have representative registered as an elector and no corporation is entitled to vote.
Non-resident (property) Elector
Voter Qualifications- Non-Resident (Property) Electors
If you own property in one place but live in another, you have the right to vote both where you live and where you own property subject to the conditions noted below.
You may vote in a General Local Election as a Non-Resident (Property) Elector if you meet all of the following criteria:
1. You are NOT entitled to voter as a Resident Elector of the jurisdiction;
2. You are a Canadian citizen;
3. You are 18 years of age or older on or before general voting day;
4. You have lived in BC for at least 6 months immediately prior to the day of registration; 5. You are the registered owner of real property (e.g. land with or without improvements) in the ACRD jurisdiction for at least 30 days immediately prior to the day of registration (Note: the only persons who are registered owners of the real 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);
6. You must only register in relation to one piece of property in the jurisdiction;
7. If more than one person owns the property, only one owner may register and that person must have the written consent of a majority of the other owners; and
8. You are not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other Act from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.
As the ACRD does not keep a voters list you will need to register on general voting day Resident Electors and Non-Resident (Property) Electors must produce two pieces of identification. This identification should prove both residency and identity. At least one piece must include a signature.
Acceptable identification includes:
1. BC Driver's Licence
2. BC CareCard or Gold CareCard
3. BC Identification Card
4. Citizenship Card
5. Social Insurance Card
6. Credit Card
**Note to Non-Resident (Property) Electors: When you register to vote as a Non-Resident (Property) Elector, you will be required to bring a couple of additional pieces of documentation:
1. If applicable, written consent from a majority of the registered owners stating that you are the one owner of the property who is designated as the Non-Resident (Property) Elector for that property,
2. Proof of ownership of the property in question (for example, your tax notice, or a certificate of title printout).
Where Do I Vote?
Voting place locations will be advertised in local newspapers and posted on this web page, once an election or other voting opportunity has been declared by the Chief Election Officer.
Mail Ballot Voting
Voting and registration may be done by mail for those electors who:
- Have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity;
- Expect to be absent from the Regional District of Alberni-Clayoquot on general voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities, or
- Reside in Electoral Areas "A" (Bamfield), "C" (Long Beach) or "D" (Sproat Lake) where:
- 1. Their only access to their residence is by boat or aircraft, or
- 2. Their travel time by road from their residence to the nearest voting place at which the person is entitled to vote is greater than thirty minutes.
The Government of British Columbia has information and documents available regarding Local Government Elections, which includes Candidate and Voters Guides. To view the British Columbia Local Government Election information, click here