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Voting Information for the September 30, 2017 By-election

Who Can Vote
Ways To Vote
Voting Process
Voting Locations Map PDF
Voting Assistance
Electronic Voting Machines
By-election Results

A by-election is scheduled for September 30, 2017 to fill vacancies on City Council. One Mayor and two Councillors will be elected to serve the remainder of the four year Council term, ending in October 2018.

ADVANCE VOTING will take place at Heritage House, 100 Lorne Street from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on the following days:

    Wednesday, September 20
    Thursday, September 21
    Wednesday, September 27

Voting Locations for the 2017 By-election on September 30, 2017 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm:

Lloyd George Elementary School
Aberdeen Elementary School
South Sahali Elementary School
Dufferin Elementary School
Beattie Elementary School
Valleyview Secondary School
Dallas Elementary School
Rayleigh Elementary School
NorKam Secondary School
Parkcrest Elementary School
Westmount Elementary School
Arthur Stevenson Elementary School
830 Pine Street
2191 Van Horne Drive
1585 Summit Drive
1880 Hillside Drive
492 McGill Road
1950 Valleyview Drive
296 Harper Road
306 Puett Ranch Road
730 12th Street
2170 Parkcrest Avenue
745 Walkem Road
2890 Bank Road

Who Can Vote

» Voters Guide to Local Elections in BC

*Please note, this guide was produced by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (previously Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development) for the 2014 Local Government Election. Please disregard the specific election dates in this guide.

You can vote in the election in Kamloops if you:
Are a Canadian citizen *
Are 18 years of age or older on general voting day
Have lived in B.C. for at least six (6) months.
Have lived in Kamloops for at least thirty (30) days.
Are not disqualified by law from voting

All Kamloops residents who meet these requirements can vote. It does not matter whether you rent or own your home. If you own property in Kamloops but live somewhere else in BC, you can also vote in Kamloops elections. This is called being a "non-resident property elector." As such, you can vote, as long as you:

Are a Canadian citizen*
Are 18 years of age or older on general voting day
Have lived in B.C. for at least six (6) months.
Have owned real estate in Kamloops, registered in your name, for at least thirty (30) days.
Are not disqualified by law from voting

Non-resident property electors can vote only once, regardless of the number of properties they own. If there is more than one registered owner of a property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the other owners, register as a non-resident property elector. If you have any questions about registering and voting as a "non-resident property elector," contact the Legislative Services Division at 250-828-3483.

*Landed immigrants who are not yet Canadian citizens are not permitted to vote in civic elections.
*Corporations are not entitled to vote.

» City of Kamloops Municipal Boundaries Map

Ways to Vote

Advance Voting
If you know you will not be able to vote on General Voting Day, there are opportunities to vote beforehand. Advance Voting for the 2017 By-election will take place on September 20, 21 and 27 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at Heritage House, 100 Lorne Street.

Voting by Mail
Mail ballot voting is only available to those electors who have a physical disability, illness or injury that prevents them from voting at another voting opportunity, or persons who expect to be absent from the city on Advance and General Voting Days. Please complete the Application to Vote by Mail form or contact the Legislative Services Division at 250-828-3483 to obtain additional information on accessible voting places, receiving assistance in voting, or making application for mail ballot voting.

Special Voting Opportunities
Special voting opportunities in medical or assisted-living facilities will no longer be available. Those who have a physical disability, illness or injury that prevents them from voting at another voting opportunity may submit an Application to Vote by Mail form.

Voting Process

To vote in a local government election in Kamloops, all you have to do is go to a voting location on Election Day, between 8 am and 8 pm and present two pieces of Identification, at least one with your signature and one with your address, to the registration clerk, your name will be recorded and you can cast your ballot. On the ballot, do not vote for more candidates than there are candidates to be elected; however, you may vote for less than are required (ex. can vote for a maximum of eight Councillors, but may choose to vote for only six Councillor candidates).

Here are the kinds of ID that are acceptable:

  • B.C. Driver's License (a combined BC Driver's Licence/CareCard will be accepted as ONE piece of identification)
  • B.C. Care Card or BC Gold Care Card
  • B.C. ID issued by the Motor Vehicle Branch
  • ICBC Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle License
  • Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form SDES8
  • Social Insurance card
  • Citizenship Card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Property tax notice
  • Credit card or debit card
  • Utility bill for electricity, natural gas, water, telephone or cable services
  • Welfare cheque stub showing name and ID number
  • Statutory declaration or sworn affidavit (from a notary public, lawyer, or commissioner for taking oaths).

Voting Assistance

Do You Need Help Voting?
If you need help to vote (for example, to read the names, or to fill in the ballot), ask for the Presiding Election Official (PEO) in charge at the voting location. All Election staff must take an oath to preserve the secrecy of the ballot, so they can help voters with a physical disability or who have difficulty reading or writing. Or, you can bring someone you know to the voting place to help you. This person will have to take an oath of secrecy that will be given by the PEO. If you are unable to enter the voting place, you may ask to vote near the voting place.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

If English is your second language; you may bring your own translator to the voting place to assist you. They will be required to take an oath of secrecy given by the PEO, prior to assisting you.

Electronic Voting Machines

Electronic voting machines have been used in the City of Kamloops since 2003. It's accurate, simple to use, and can provide final election results within minutes after the close of voting.

The Voting Booth

Go to the voting booth and make your choices with the special pen provided. Follow the instructions on the ballot.

Walk your completed ballot over to the electronic voting machine. Feed your ballot into the electronic voting machine. Staff will be there to assist you if you have a problem. Now you can wait for the election results to come in after the polls close at 8 p.m. Local media will report the election results as they come in and be available on our website. Unofficial results should be available around 10 p.m. on Election Day.

Legislative Services Division
7 Victoria Street West
Kamloops BC V2C 1A2
ph 250-828 3483
fax 250-828 3578

Note: All correspondence is entered into our system and will be directed accordingly. The City of Kamloops will endeavor to contact you within two business days. Thank you.