2021 Election Voting and Registration

Below is information regarding Important Dates, Voter Registration, Elector Qualifications, Documents Required to Register on Voting Day, and information about Voting in Person. Please note a separate page is available (see left hand bar) with information on Mail Ballot Voting.

IMPORTANT DATES:

February 2, 2021: Last day for advance registration (if not already registered)

March 10, 2021: Last day to request mail ballot (4pm deadline)

March 17, 2021: Advance Voting Day 1 @ City Hall

March 24, 2021: Advance Voting Day 2 @ City Hall

March 27, 2021: General Voting Day @ Prestige Lakeside Resort 8am-8pm

VOTER REGISTRATION

In order to vote in the City's by-election, eligible electors must be registered. You may already be registered. If you are not sure you can contact City Election staff (see contact information below or email elections@nelson.ca) to inquire. 

If you are not yet registered, there are a number of ways to register:

  • Advance Elector Registrations: Will be accepted at City Hall (Administration Office) until February 2, 2021.
  • Registration on a Voting Day: If you are voting in person, you will be able to register when you come vote at either an advance voting day or the general election day. 
  • Registration by using a mail ballot to vote: If you are not registered but choose to vote by mail ballot, you will be able to register by filling out a Declaration of Identity form and submitting it with your mail ballot.

If you will be registering in advance or on voting day, you will need to bring certain documents as set out below under "Documents Required to Register in Advance or on Voting Day." 

ELECTOR QUALIFICATIONS

In order to be eligible to register and vote, you must be either a resident elector or a non-resident elector as follows: 

RESIDENT ELECTORS:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the by-election; and
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and
  • a resident of the City of Nelson for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; 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.

NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY ELECTORS:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the by-election; and
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and
  • a registered owner of real property in the City of Nelson for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
  • not entitled to register as a resident elector; 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; 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.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO REGISTER IN ADVANCE OR ON VOTING DAY:

The City will be using the Provincial Voter's List for the 2021 By-Election. For those not on the Voter's List, registration will be required:

To register as a resident elector in advance or on voting day, a person must do one of the following:

  1. produce at least two documents (at least one with a signature) that provide evidence of the applicant’s identity and place of residence, or
  2. produce at least two documents (at least one with a signature) that provide evidence of the applicant’s identity and make a solemn declaration as to the applicant’s place of residence, or
  3. produce one document that provides evidence of the applicant’s identity (must contain a signature) and make a solemn declaration as the second document providing evidence of identity and residency 

To register as a non-resident property elector in advance or on voting day, a person must do one of the following:

  1. produce at least two documents (at least one with a signature) that provide evidence of the applicant’s identity, or
  2. produce one document that provides evidence of the applicant’s identity (must contain a signature) and make a solemn declaration as the second document providing evidence of identity.

A person wishing to register as a non-resident property elector must also provide proof satisfactory to the election official that the person is entitled to register in relation to the property (e.g., a Land Title Office search showing the individual as a registered owner) and, if applicable, the written consent of the other registered owners of the property.

If registering as a non-resident property elector  with more than one property owner, a majority of registered owners of the real property must give written consent. 

Here are examples of acceptable ID:

B.C. Driver's License
B.C. ID card from Motor Vehicle Branch
ICBC Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle License
B.C. Care Card
Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form SDES8
Social Insurance card
Citizenship Card
Property tax notice
Credit card or debit card
Utility bill for electricity, natural gas, water, telephone or cable services
Welfare cheque stub showing name and ID number
Statutory declaration or sworn affidavit (from a notary public, lawyer, or commissioner for taking oaths)

INFORMATION ABOUT VOTING DAY (if you are voting in person): 

In person voting will take place on two advance voting days at City Hall (March 17 and 24) and on general voting day at the Prestige Lakeside Resort (March 27). 

The City will be using an automated vote counting system and procedure. Voters will vote by completing ovals in the space provided on the paper ballot opposite the name of any candidate.

When an elector enters the voting place (for both Advance voting and General Voting), he or she will be offered a short demonstration of how to vote on the automated ballots and how to insert the ballot in the automated vote counting unit. Then the election officials will ensure that the elector is qualified to vote and have the elector sign the list of registered voters. A ballot will be issued as well as a privacy sleeve for the ballot and the voter will be instructed to fill in the ovals for:

One (1) for Councillor

Do NOT vote for more candidates than are to be elected. Fill in the oval beside the name completely and do NOT use an ‘X’ or any other symbol.

The elector will fill out the ballot in a private booth. If assistance is required, the election officials will arrange for this assistance. If an elector decides to make changes to his/her ballot, he or she can ask an election official for a new ballot. The secrecy of the old ballot will be maintained but it will not be counted.

Once the ballot has been filled out, the elector will place the ballot back in the privacy sleeve, proceed toward the vote counting unit and insert the ballot into the slot of the vote counting unit. Once the ballot has been pushed into the vote counting unit about 2 inches, the unit will automatically draw the ballot from the privacy sleeve. An election official will be at the machine at all times to provide assistance.

If an elector is unable to access the voting place the election officials will provide curbside voting. Then the election official will take the ballot back into the voting place and insert the ballot in the voting machine, ensuring that the secrecy of the ballot is maintained at all times.

 If the elector has voted for too many candidates or too few candidates, the machine will display that information. The elector can then have the ballot returned and the elector can privately revise and then recast the ballot. The election official at the machine will help.  If the voter does not wish to vote for the full number of candidates the machine can be instructed to accept the under-voted ballot and those votes will be counted.