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Corporate Services & Community Safety » Legislative Services » Referendum

Municipal Voting Information

Who Can Vote
Ways To Vote
Voting Process
Voting Assistance
Electronic Voting Machines

Who Can Vote

» Voters Guide to Municipal Elections

You can vote in the referendum in municipal elections, by-elections or referendums:

Are a Canadian citizen *
Are 18 years of age or older on general voting day (November 7, 2015)
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 the referendum. 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.

Ways to Vote

Advance Voting
If you know you will not be able to vote on General Voting Day, you may vote on the Advance Voting days.

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. Those requiring assistance in voting may telephone the Legislative Services Division at 250-828-3483 to obtain information on accessible voting places, receiving assistance in voting, or making application for mail ballot voting.

Special Voting Opportunities
Some people will be able to vote in a medical or assisted-living facility. A schedule of visitations will be posted in your facility. To find out more information, contact the Legislative Services Division at 250-828-3483.

Voting Process

To vote, all you have to do is go to a voting location on General Voting 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.

Here are the kinds of ID that are acceptable:

B.C. Driver's License (Please note that a combined B.C. Driver’s License/CareCard will be accepted as ONE piece of ID)
B.C. ID card from Motor Vehicle Branch
ICBC Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle License
B.C. Care Card
Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form SDES8
Social Insurance card
Citizenship Card
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.

Electronic Voting Process

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.