Local Government Elections General Information
Since 1990 BC Local Government Elections for Mayor, Councillors and School Board Trustees have been held every three (3) years. The Chief Election Officer as appointed by the City of White Rock Council is responsible for conducting local government elections in accordance with the regulations set out by the Local Government Act.
The electors of the City of White Rock elect:
- One (1) Mayor;
- Six (6) Councillors; and
- One (1) School Trustee.
The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development completed the first phase of Local Government Elections reform which has resulted in a change to the timing for local elections and term of office. General local elections will now be held on the third Saturday in October every four (4) years. General Voting Day will be October 20, 2018.
The term of office for the 2014 Election will be December 2014 – November 2018.
The term of office for the 2018 Election will be November 2018 - November 2022.
In advance of Election Day, the Chief Election Officer advertises in the local newspaper, calling for nominations, naming the candidates that are running and outlining general procedures regarding voting.
Key Dates for the 2018 General Local Election:
Monday, January 1, 2018 – Friday, September 21, 2018
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 – Friday, September 14, 2018
Saturday, September 22, 2018 – Saturday, October 20, 2018
General Voting Day
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Campaign financing disclosure statement filing deadline
Friday, January 18, 2019
Campaign financing disclosure statement late filing deadline with $500 late filing fee
Monday, February 18, 2019
Nomination period for the 2018 Election will be Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until nomination close on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
Nomination Packages (Please visit the website in July 27, 2018)
Qualifications to run for Local Government Office:
In 2018 City of White Rock voters will elect one (1) candidate for the position of Mayor, six (6) candidates for the position of Councillor and one (1) candidate for the position of School Trustee.
To qualify as a candidate for local government office, at the time of nomination a person must meet the following criteria:
- You must be 18 years of age or older on general voting day
- You must be a Canadian Citizen
- You must be a resident of BC for at least six (6) months prior to the date of nomination
- Not disqualified by any statute or law, from being nominated, elected or holding office
Nominees must be nominated by ten (10) electors of the City of White Rock. Nominees (the candidate) are not required to be residents or non-resident property owners in the City of White Rock.
There is a nomination deposit required to be submitted along with the nomination documents in the amount of $100.
Serving the Community - Time Commitment:
If you are elected to local office, you will be expected to serve the 2018 – 2022 term.
Be aware that holding a position in local office can be time consuming. In addition to regular meetings, you may also be asked to serve on special committees, task forces, boards or commissions that may also require a significant time commitment both with attending meetings and preparing for them.
Further detailed information in regard to candidacy can be found on the Ministry's website (click here).
Local Elections Campaign Financing Amendment Act, 2017:
There is new legislation that has received Royal Assent November 30, 2017 resulting in many changes to the financing provisions of the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. The changes will apply to the 2018 General Local Election in regard to Campaign Contributions see http://elections.bc.ca/docs/lecfa/local-elections-campaign-financing-amendment-act-2017.pdf for further information: Elections BC
It has also been announced that legislation in regard to Campaign Expense Limits will be forthcoming by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Ministry of Education, and is scheduled to be announced April 30, 2018 see http://elections.bc.ca/docs/lecfa/local-elections-campaign-financing-amendment-act-2017.pdf for further information.
Quick Links to various Local Election Guides / Publications through Elections BC:
Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC (for Candidates and Financial Agents):
Information in regard to Campaign Financing Disclosure Statement Forms and Information for Candidates:
Campaign Financing Arrangement Forms:
Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC (for Elector Organizations and their Agents):
Campaign Financing and Disclosure Statement Forms and Information for Elector Organizations:
Guide for Local Elections Third Party Sponsors in BC:
Third Party Disclosure Statements and Information:
Who can Vote:
You can vote in a municipal election if you:
- Are 18 years of age or older on general voting day
- Are a Canadian citizen (Note: landed immigrants are not eligible to vote)
- Have lived in B.C. for at least six (6) months immediately before voting day
- Have lived in White Rock for at least thirty (30) days immediately before voting day
- Are not disqualified by law from voting
White Rock residents who meet all these requirements can vote.
You may also be eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector if you:
- are eligible to vote as a resident elector in another municipality, regional district or school district; and
- own property in the City of White Rock for 30 days or more before you register to vote.
Note: In this circumstance if you own property with someone else, only one non-resident property owner may vote.
If two (2) or more non-resident property owners own a single piece of property, the majority of owners must designate – in writing, using Form 2-8 - Non-Resident Property Elector Consent Form – one owner as the non-resident property elector for that property. If you own property along with a corporation, then none of the owners of the property are eligible to vote.
Are you registered to vote?
The City of White Rock uses the Provincial List of Voters issued by Elections BC. Ensure you are registered by calling
1-800-661-8683 or check if you are registered online at http://www.elections.bc.ca/. Registration online will take less than 5 minutes and will save you time on Election Day.
What is the identification required in order to vote?
In accordance with Provincial legislation if a person is already registered on the voters list, there is no ID requirement at the time of voting, although a solemn declaration must to be made by the elector, prior to receiving a ballot, to ensure that they are the person named on the voters list. Although it is not required to vote staff will ask if you have ID in an effort to help speed up the process during the ballot assignment.
If a person is not already registered on the voters list, and they are eligible to vote, the following ID requirements must be met when registering at the time of voting:
At least two (2) ID documents must be shown that provide evidence of the person’s identity and place of residence, at least one of which must contain the person’s signature,
At least two (2) ID documents must be shown that provide evidence of the person’s identify, at least one of which must contain the person’s signature, and make a solemn declaration as to the person’s place of residence.
Forms of ID Accepted:
- Canadian Passport
- BC Drivers Licence
- Certificate of Vehicle Insurance
- BC ID Card
- Credit Cards or Debit Cards
- Birth Certificate
- Canadian Citizenship Card
- BC Care Card or BC Gold Care Card
- Social Insurance Card (SIN Card)
- Property Tax Notice or Utility Bill
Voting by Mail Ballot:
Mail Ballot voting is a voting opportunity for electors who have a physical disability, illness or injury which affects their ability to vote by other means and for electors who expect to be absent from the Municipality on General Voting Day (October 20, 2018) and on all the advance voting dates.
Electors voting by mail ballot must register with the Chief Election Officer. Once this is done even if their circumstance has changed they cannot vote at a voting place. Registration will not begin until July 2018.
Call (604) 541-2212 to register for a mail ballot from July 2018.
What if I Need Assistance with Voting or Require Curbside Voting:
If a voter has difficulty reading or writing English, they may bring a translator to assist them in the voting process. The translator must complete a solemn declaration of assistance in order to provide translation support.
If you are unable to enter the voting place, you may ask to receive and mark your ballot at a place located outside the voting place (curbside voting). It will be necessary for you to bring someone with you who can advise the election officials that you need help outside the voting place.
If you require help with voting, you may ask the Presiding Election Official in charge at the voting place to assist you. You may also bring someone with you to the voting place to help you vote. This person must make a solemn declaration to preserve the secrecy of your ballot, to mark the ballot according to your wishes, and to not attempt to influence how you vote.
Further information may be obtained from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
Click here for additional Election Information from Elections B.C.
If you require any assistance or have any questions regarding the election process, please contact:
- Tracey Arthur (604) 541-2212 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stephanie Lam (604) 541-2129 | email@example.com
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