Resident Electors

To vote in the 2022 General Local Election as a resident elector, you must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • you are age 18 or older on the day you vote
  • you are a Canadian citizen
  • you have been a resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day you vote
    • April 4, 2022 or earlier if you vote in advance on October 5th
    • April 14, 2022 or earlier if you vote on general voting day October 15th
  • you are not disqualified by law from voting
  • you must register to vote prior to receiving a ballot

Section 52 of the Local Government Act contains rules for determining residence:

  1. The following rules apply to determine the area in which a person is a resident:
    • a person is a resident of the area where the person lives and to which, whenever absent, the person intends to return;
    • a person may be the resident of only one area at a time for the purposes of this Part;
    • a person does not change the area in which the person is a resident until the person has a new area in which the person is a resident;
    • a person does not cease being a resident of an area by leaving the area for temporary purposes only.

  2. As an exception to subsection (1), if a person establishes for the purposes of attending an educational institution a new area in which the person is a resident that is away from the usual area in which the person is a resident, the person may choose for the purposes of this Part either the usual area or the new area as the area in which the person is a resident.

There is no need to pre-register to vote as the registration of all electors for this election will take place at the time of voting.

To register as a resident elector you must:

  • be 18 years of age or older on general voting day October 15, 2022;
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • be a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration (at time of voting);
  • be a resident of the District of Sicamous on the day of registration (at time of voting); and
  • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or assent voting and not otherwise disqualified by law.

Resident electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity.

Acceptable documents for providing proof of identity and residence are as follows:

  • BC Driver’s Licence
  • BC ID Card issued by the Motor Vehicle Branch
  • BC Services Card
  • ICBC Owner’s Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence
  • BC Care Card or BC Gold CareCard
  • Ministry of Social Development & Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance (Form SDES8)
  • Social Insurance Card
  • Citizenship Card
  • Property tax notice
  • Credit card or debit card
  • Utility bill (electricity, natural gas, water, telephone or cable services)
  • Birth certificate
  • Canadian passport

You may not vote in a BC local government election if you:

  • have been convicted of an indictable offence and are in custody;
  • are involuntarily confined to a psychiatric or other institution because you were acquitted of, or found not criminally responsible for, an offence under the Criminal Code on account of mental disorder; or
  • have been found guilty of an election offence.