Voting

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Local government elections for Mayor, Councillors and School Trustees are held every four years. The next General Voting Day for the local government election is October 20, 2018.

Voting Requirements

Voters must meet certain qualifications in order to vote in the 2018 Local Government Election.

City of Quesnel Residents

The following requirements only effect voters who live within the City of Quesnel boundaries. 

  • Register at the time of voting
     
  • Canadian Citizen
     
  • 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day
     
  • Resident of BC for a least 6 months immediately preceding voting day
     
  • Resident of the City of Quesnel, or registered owner of real property in the City of Quesnel, for 30 days immediately before voting
     
  • Not otherwise disqualified by law from voting
     
  • Bring 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a name and residential address) at the time of voting. If the second required piece of identification is not available, voters must sign a declaration(s) for residency and/or identify at the time of voting.  Picture identification is not necessary.

ALL Non-Resident Property voters must also prove they are entitled to register to vote in relation to the property (i.e. 2018 Property Tax Notice) and provide written consent from a majority of the other property owners of the property. The Consent Form 2-8 must be completed prior to voting. For more information, please contact the Chief Election Officer at 250-992-2111.

Non-Resident City Property Owners

The following requirements only effect voters who live outside of the City of Quesnel, but own property within City of Quesnel boundaries.

  • Register at the time of voting
     
  • Canadian Citizen
     
  • 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day
     
  • Resident of BC for a least 6 months immediately preceding voting day
     
  • Registered owner of real property in the City of Quesnel, for 30 days immediately before voting
  • Not otherwise disqualified by law from voting
     
  • Bring 2 pieces of identification (at least on with a name and residential address) at the time of voting. If the second required piece of identification is not available, voters must sign a declaration(s) for residency and/or identify at the time of voting.  Picture identification is not necessary.
     
  • Prove they are entitled to register to vote in relation to the property (i.e. 2018 Property Tax Notice) and provide Consent Form 2-8 completed by the majority of the other property owners of the property. The Consent Form 2-8 must be completed prior to voting. For more information, please contact the Chief Election Officer at 250-992-2111.
Cariboo Regional District Residents

Voters who don't live or own property within the City of Quesnel CANNOT vote for mayor and councillors. 

Please refer to the following websites for school trustee and electoral area director voting information.

For school trustee voting information, visit the School District #28 website.

For electoral area director voting information, visit the Cariboo Regional District website.

Voting Dates and Locations

Voters are able to choose from multiple locations and dates that is most convenient to them to cast their single ballot. If you are unable to attend a voting opportunity, see if you qualify for a mail ballot. 

Dates and Locations

General Voting Day

Saturday, October 20  |  8 am - 8 pm

  • Quesnel City Hall
    410 Kinchant Street
     
  • Correlieu Secondary School
    850 Anderson Drive
     
  • Dragon Lake Elementary School
    2655 Quesnel-Hydraulic Road

Advance Voting Days

Wednesday, October 10  |  8 am - 8 pm

  • Quesnel City Hall
    410 Kinchant Street

Saturday, October 13  |  8 am - 8 pm

  • Quesnel City Hall
    410 Kinchant Street

Tuesday, October 16  |  11 am - 11:45 am

  • Correlieu Secondary School (for students)
    850 Anderson Drive

Wednesday, October 17  |  11 am - 4 pm

  • CNC/UNBC Campus
    100 Campus Way

Special Voting Opportunities

These opportunities are for residents/patients of these facilities. 

Thursday, October 11   |   9 am - 3 pm

  • Dunrovin Park Lodge
    ​900 St Laurent Avenue
     
  • Maeford Place Assisted Living
    ​574 Kinchant Street

Friday, October 12   |  9 am - 3 pm

  • Fraser Village Senior Citizens Apartments
    401 Front Street
     
  • GR Baker Memorial Hospital
    ​543 Front Street
Mail Ballot Voting

If you are unable to vote at any of the advance, general or special voting opportunities during the election, you may be eligible to vote by a mail ballot.

Mail Ballot Information

Who can vote by mail?

Electors may vote by mail if they:

  • Have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity, AND/OR
     
  • Expect to be absent from the City of Quesnel on General Voting Day and Advance Voting opportunities October 10 and 13, 2018 at City Hall from 8 am to 8 pm and October 17, 2018 at CNC/UNBC Campus from 11 am to 4 pm.

Who is eligible to vote?

You are allowed to vote if you are a:

  • Resident elector (i.e. you live in the City of Quesnel), AND/OR
     
  • Non-resident property elector (i.e. you live elsewhere in British Columbia but you own property in the City of Quesnel.)
  • You must meet all of the following requirements to vote:
    • Canadian Citizen
    • 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day
    • Lived in British Columbia for at least six months immediately before voting
    • Lived in Quesnel for at least 30 days immediately before voting,  OR
    • Not disqualified by law from voting
    • Own real property in the City of Quesnel for at least 30 days immediately before voting.  If the real property has more than one registered owner, only one non-resident property owner can vote, and requires a majority of property owners to sign a Non-Resident Property Elector Consent Form 2-8. Property registered in a corporation or company name is not entitled a vote.

How to request a mail ballot package

Mail Ballot Voting applications can be applied for from the Chief Election Officer via the City’s website, e-mail or by phone from 4 pm on September 14, 2018 to 4 pm on October 19, 2018. Mail Ballot Voting applicatons to be sent out around October 4, 2018 and must be returned to the Chief Election Officer, at City Hall before 8 pm on October 20, 2018.

For more information

Gina Albers, Chief Election Officer, at 250-992-2111 or galbers@quesnel.ca.

Accessible Voting

Election officials are trained on how to help voters with accessibility challenges.

Voting tools and options

Getting help marking your ballot

Voters can get help marking their ballot if they have a disability or difficulty reading or writing. Election officials are available to assist voters who otherwise would be unable to mark or read their ballot.

Voting place accessibility

All advance voting places and all general voting opportunities are wheelchair accessible. Voters who can’t enter a voting place, can vote outside the building (at the curb or in the parking lot). Eligible voters will need 2 pieces of ID, or be prepared to sign declarations for missing secondary ID.

Mail Ballot Voting

Electors may vote by mail if they have a physical disability, illness or injury, or will be absent from all advance and general voting opportunities, that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity.

For more information

Gina Albers, Chief Election Officer, at 250-992-2111 or galbers@quesnel.ca.

Candidates

Voters will elect one mayor and six councillors for Quesnel City Council and seven school trustees for the Quesnel Board of Education, pending any acclaimation(s).

City of Quesnel Candidates

Information will be available Monday,  September 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

School Trustee Candidates

Information will be available Monday,  September 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

Referendum - Proposed Public Works Facility

The City is holding a referendum during the local government election to ask residents for approval on a loan authorization bylaw. Learn more on the Referendum webpage.

Contacts

Quesnel City Council Election
Gina Albers, Chief Election Officer
250-992-2111.

School District #28 Trustee Election
Bettina Ketcham, Chief Election Officer
250-992-0405.

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