Voter Information

Who can vote in the election?

A RESIDENT ELECTOR

To vote as a resident elector, a person must:

  • be 18 years of age or older on the day of registration, or if an election or assent vote is in progress, 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day;
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • have been a resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration;
  • be a resident of the municipality, electoral area, or trustee electoral area on the day of registration; and
  • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, Vancouver Charter, School Act, or any other enactment from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

A NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY ELECTOR

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.

How do I register to vote?

Resident Elector

The District of North Cowichan uses the provincial voters list as the register of resident electors.  The provincial voters list becomes the official list of electors for the District of North Cowichan on the 52nd day before general voting day, being August 24, 2022. 

If you are a RESIDENT ELECTOR and are uncertain whether you are on the provincial voters list, please contact Elections BC by phone at 1-800-661-8683 or by visiting their website and filling out the online voter registration form.  The last extraction of the provincial voters list prior to the October 15, 2022 general local election will be produced by Elections BC on August 17, 2022 so you must register prior to August 15, 2022 to ensure your name is included in the final register of electors. If you miss registering in advance of the August 15, 2022 deadline, and you meet all of the elector requirements noted above, you can still register at the time of voting by providing 2 pieces of acceptable identification.

Non-Resident Property Elector

The District of North Cowichan maintains a register of non-resident property electors.  This register becomes the official list of non-resident property electors for the District of North Cowichan on the 52nd day before general voting day, being August 24, 2022. 

If you are a NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY ELECTOR and are uncertain whether you are on the register of non-resident property electors, please contact Tricia Mayea, Deputy Chief Election Officer by phone: 250-746-3100, or by email: elections@northcowichan.ca.

Advance non-resident property elector registrations will be accepted at District of North Cowichan office until August 23, 2022.  Non-resident property elector registrations will not be accepted during the period from August 24, 2022 to October 15, 2022, but will be accepted on voting days.

To register as a non-resident property elector you are required to fill out the Registration Form and the Consent Form if there is more than one property owner. You must register by August 23, 2022 to ensure your name is included in the final register of electors. If you miss registering in advance of the August 23, 2022 deadline, and you meet all of the non-resident property elector voter requirements, you can still register at the time of voting.