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The District utilizes the Provincial Voters List for conducting its election.  To confirm you are on the List of Registered Electors for the District of North Saanich, please contact Elections BC:

It is always a good time to register to vote. Among other benefits, advance registration makes the voting process faster and easier. Registered voters will receive important updates from Elections BC after an election is called, including information about where, when, and how to vote.

Local election officials will accept new registrations on voting day.

You can vote in this election if you are a resident of North Saanich (a “resident elector”), or if you live elsewhere but own property in North Saanich (a “non-resident property elector”). To register to vote, you must meet the qualifications for one of these two categories:

Resident Property Electors:

  • 18 years of age or older when you register to vote, or will be 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration;
  • a resident of the municipality; and
  • are not disqualified under the Local Government Act, any other enactment or by law from voting in local elections.

Resident electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove both residency and identity.

If you did not register with Elections BC before June 2022 or have not voted in a recent election under your current address, please complete the Application for Registration as a Local Government Resident Elector form and return it to election@northsaanich.ca or Municipal Hall (1620 Mills Rd.). Please note advance registration is open until August 23, 2022, and registration will reopen on voting days.

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:

  • are 18 years of age or older;
  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • are a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before you register to vote;
  • are a registered owner of property in the District of North Saanich for at least 30 days immediately before you register to vote;
  • are the only persons who are registered owners of the 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;
  • are not entitled to register as a resident elector of the municipality;
  • are not disqualified under the Local Government Act, any other enactment, or by law from voting in local elections; 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.

Non-Resident Property Electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identify, proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property and, if there is more than one owner of the property, written consent from the other property owners. This consent must be provided at the time of registration. 

If you purchased property in the District of North Saanich after May 2022 and wish to register to vote as a Non-Resident Property Elector, please complete the non-resident property elector form and the associated consent form (if applicable) and return it to election@northsaanich.ca or Municipal Hall (1620 Mills Rd.). Please note advance registration is open until August 23, 2022, and registration will reopen on voting days.

Acceptable Identification:

The following are examples of acceptable identification:

  • BC Driver’s Licence
  • BC Services Card
  • Social Insurance Card
  • Citizenship Card
  • Owner’s Certificate of Insurance & Vehicle Licence
  • Real Property Taxation Notice
  • Credit Card or Debit Card issued by a bank
  • Utility Bill (water, electrical, gas)

For more information about the criteria for resident electors and non-resident property electors, please visit the Provincial Government website:

Register for the List of Future Voters

Not yet 18 years old? Get ready to vote and get put on the list now.

Elections BC maintains a list of eligible 16 and 17-year-olds who will be automatically added to the Provincial Voters List when they turn 18. This will make it easier for young voters to receive information about voting from Elections BC, and will speed up the voting process for everyone.

More info for future voters, including a link to register on the BC Elections website: Future Voters.

Any questions you may have regarding the 2022 General Local Election can be directed to the Chief Election Officer at election@northsaanich.ca.

Other

Objection to registration of an elector: An objection to the registration of a person whose name appears on the list of registered electors may be made in accordance with the Local Government Act until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9, 2022. An objection must be in writing (using the Objection to Registration of an Elector form); may only be made by a person entitled to be registered as an elector of the municipality; and only on the basis that a person whose name appears on the list of electors has died or is not qualified to be registered as an elector of the municipality.

Request to omit or obscure information on the Voter’s List: Beginning Tuesday, August 30, 2022, until the close of the general voting for the election on October 15, 2022, a copy of the list of registered electors will be available for public inspection at the Municipal Hall during regular office hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays). Before inspecting the list, a person must sign a statement that they will not inspect the list, make copies, or use the information included in the list except for the purposes of Part 3 – Electors and Elections of the Local Government Act.

An elector may request their address or other personal information about them to be omitted from or obscured on the list of electors. The elector must contact the Chief Election Officer to make this request. See the Request to Omit or Obscure Information on the Voter’s List form for more information.

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