Voting in Canada in 2018 is easy, and people fought hard for your right to vote. We’re talking about democracy here. It is not a given. It is not something that will always be around for us whenever we decide we need it. Democracy has to be fed if it’s going to stay alive.
The top resonses when people are asked why they don't come out and vote for City, Municipal or Regional elections; 1. aren't important in the scheme of things 2. nothing ever changes 3. it doesn't make any difference 4. my vote doesn't matter 5. it's too comlicated to vote 6. It takes to much time
I completely understand how people can feel this way, I myself have felt this way in the past and it is only through working with community service organisations over the past 15 years that I have come to understanding the value of not only voting in local elections but the power and strength a community has when its citizens are involved. And, when its elected leaders know the people the represent because they are active and involved with the people and organisations in their community. The way that people vote in Canada at all levels of government is archaic and needs desperately to be re-evaluated. We have a travelling polling station that goes to seniors centres and can travel to individual homes - why not expand on this and provide polling stations at places like the alternate school which has a large population of youth old enough to vote? or VIU? The current system is not designed to encourage a diverse showing at the polls, nor will it be unless people begin to demand their needs be considered and met. So how can you ensure that there will be voices to champion for you needs? Find a way to make it to the polls, spend some time reading about the people running in your community and vote for the ones you believe have the potential to listen and to hear what is important to you - and of course, the ones that are willing to work with you to develop solutions.
General Voting Day: Saturday, October 20, 2018 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Duncan Volunteer Fire Department (468 Duncan Street)
ADVANCED Voting Days See list above in picture.
RENTERS You CAN vote!!!!! This is your city too!!
Resident Elector Qualifications & Registration The City of Duncan will be using the Provincial Voters List for Resident Electors. If your name does not appear on the Provincial Voters List but you meet the eligibility criteria listed below, you must provide two pieces of documentation proving identity and residency (one must have a signature) to register at the voting place immediately before you vote.
You are entitled to vote as a Resident Elector if all of the following apply:
you are 18 years or older on general voting day; you are a Canadian Citizen; you are a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months; you have resided within the boundaries of the City of Duncan for at least 30 days; and you are not disqualified to vote by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in the election or are otherwise disqualified by law. Non-Resident Property Elector Qualifications & Registration You are entitled to vote as a Non-Resident Property Elector if all of the following apply:
you are 18 years or older on general voting day; you are a Canadian Citizen; you are a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months; you are a registered owner of real property within the City of Duncan boundaries for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; you are the only owner on title* and are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust; you are not entitled to register as a resident elector; and you are not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election and not otherwise disqualified by law. *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 (download the consent form or pick one up from City Hall in advance).
The following information is required at the time of registration:
A recent title search, state of title certificate, or property tax notice, showing the names of all of the registered owners; Two pieces of identification proving identity and residency (one must have a signature); and In the case of more than one owner of the property, a completed consent form signed by the majority of the owners designating you as the person entitled to vote for the property (original signatures only; facsimiles of signatures not acceptable). Please Note:
Only one Non-Resident Property Elector may vote per property, regardless of how many owners there may be. Further, you may vote for only one property, no matter how many properties you own within The Corporation of the City of Duncan. You may register on voting day if you meet the qualifications set out above. If you are already registered as a Non-Resident Property Elector on The Corporation of the City of Duncan Non-Resident Property List of Electors, and provided that you still meet all of the requirements of the Local Government Act in order to be registered under this category, you are not required to re-register in order to vote. No corporation is entitled to be registered as an elector or have a representative registered as an elector, and no corporation is entitled to vote. Individuals who are on title with corporations are not entitled to register or vote. Individuals who own an undivided interest in land on which the balance is held by a corporation are not entitled to vote. Elections BC is responsible for Advertising and Sponsorship in Local Elections. Please visit their website at elections.bc.ca for additional information. Proof of Identity and Place of Residence The following are acceptable classes of documents for proof of identity:
BC driver’s licence or BC driver’s licence and services card BC ID card BC CareCard or Gold CareCard Social Insurance Card (Canada) Citizenship Card (Canada) Real property tax notice Credit card or debit card issued by a savings institution Utility bill A more complete list of acceptable identification is available at Elections BC.