2020 By-Election: Mail Ballot Voting Information

Due to COVID-19, the Town will be permitting the option of mail ballot voting for the October 17, 2020, by-election.
This is in effort to reduce in person contact and as an option for those who may be in self-isolation or quarantine.

Eligible electors must request a mail ballot package.

The request form is available:

  • To pick up at Town Hall, 1027 Aldous Street, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., excluding statutory holidays; or
  • Online - form is available here

Any questions can be directed to the Chief Election Officer, Dianna Plouffe, at 250-847-1600.

 

MAIL BALLOT VOTING INFORMATION  2020 BY-ELECTION

 

1.  WHO CAN VOTE BY MAIL?

All eligible electors can vote by mail in the 2020 by-election.

2. WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE?

You are allowed to vote if you are registered as:

  • a resident elector (i.e., you live in the Town of Smithers) OR
  • a non-resident property elector (i.e., you live elsewhere in BC but own property in the Town of Smithers).

 

ELECTOR QUALIFICATIONS:

RESIDENT ELECTORS:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the election or assent voting; and
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and
  • a resident of the Town of Smithers for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY ELECTORS:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the election or assent voting; and
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and
  • a registered owner of real property in the Town of Smithers for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
  • not entitled to register as a resident elector; and
  • the only persons who are registered owners of the real 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; and
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law; 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.

3. HOW DO YOU REGISTER TO VOTE?

If you are not on the List of Registered Electors for the Town of Smithers, an application form will be included in your mail ballot package. The Application to Register as a Resident Elector form must be completed and returned along with your marked ballot.


4. REQUEST TO RECEIVE MAIL BALLOT PACKAGE

Eligible Electors must request a mail ballot package.
Request forms are available at Town Hall - Form is available here

Requests to receive a mail ballot package must be received before 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday September 30, 2020. 

5. RETURN OF MAIL BALLOTS

The Town of Smithers will send out mail ballot packages commencing approximately October 1.

To be counted, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

You are responsible for ensuring that your completed ballot and any supporting documentation is hand delivered or mailed with sufficient postage and time to be received at Town Hall no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2020, or delivered to Walnut Park Elementary School, 4092 Mountainview Drive, no later than 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020.


Dianna Plouffe
Chief Election Officer
Phone 250-847-1600