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2022 General Local Election

The next general local election will take place October 15, 2022. 

In B.C. General Local Elections are held every four years. In the City of Langley, these include the election of a Mayor and six Councillors to City Council and the election of two School Trustees to the Board of School District No.35. Elections are conducted according to the rules and regulations set out in the Local Government Act, the Community Charter and the School Act

Have a question that isn't isn't covered in either the Voter FAQs or Candidate FAQs, and not sure who you should contact? Refer to Elections BC's webpage Who Does What in Elections? and then see the contacts below.  

Contacts:

Kelly Kenney, Chief Election Officer at kkenney@langleycity.ca or 604-514-4591
Paula Kusack, Deputy Chief Election Officer at pkusack@langleycity.ca or 604-514-4585

For inquiries related to campaign finances and advertising:

Elections BC
Toll-free: 1-800-661-8683
E-mail: electoral.finance@elections.bc.ca
Website: Elections BC

 

2022 Election Calendar of Important Dates

 

Date

Event

March 8

Last day to meet six-month BC residency for candidates seeking nomination

April 14

Last day to meet six-month BC residency requirement for voters registering on general voting day

July 28 Application to vote by mail ballot available at City Hall and on website

July 29

Candidate nomination packages available for pick up at City Hall

August 23

Advance elector registration closes at 4:30 p.m.

August 30

  • Nomination period begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • List of registered electors available for public inspection

September 9

  • Nomination period ends at 4:00 p.m.
  • All candidates are officially declared
  • Drawing of lots for determination of order of  School Trustee candidate names on the ballot immediately following official declaration of candidates
  • Candidate election signs can go up per Sign Bylaw after 4:00 p.m.
  • Period of objection to registered electors ends at 4:00 p.m.

September 13

Period to challenge candidate nomination or elector organization endorsement ends at 4:00 p.m.

September 14 Las day to to meet 30-day City property ownership requirement if registering as non-resident property elector on general voting day

September 16

  • 4:00 p.m. deadline for:
    • Decision on challenge of candidate nomination
    • Withdrawal of candidate
    • Withdrawal of candidate endorsement by elector organization
  • 4:30 p.m. deadline for receiving originals of faxed nomination documents

September 19

Chief Election Officer declares election at 4:00 p.m.

October 4

Advance Voting at Timms Community Centre from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

October 5

Advance Voting at Timms Community Centre from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

October 6

Advance Voting at Langley Senior Resources Society Recreation and Resource Centre from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

October 7

Special Voting Opportunity for residents of Evergreen Timbers from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

October 12

Advance Voting at Timms Community Centre 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

October 15

General Voting Day at Timms Community Centre from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

October 17 Determination and Declaration of official election results if determination allows, Official Election Results posted to website

October 22

Candidate election signs must be removed 

November 7

Inaugural Council Meeting (Oaths of Office administered)

November 8 Inaugural School Board Meeting ((Oaths of Office administered)

January 13, 2023

Deadline for all candidates to file Campaign Financing Disclosure statements with Elections BC

VOTER FAQS
When is General Voting Day and where do I vote?

General Voting Day is Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at Timms Recreation Centre, 20399 Douglas Crescent.

When and where is Advance Voting?

Advance Voting will take place as follows:

  • October 4 from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Timms Community Centre, 20399 Douglas Crescent
  • October 5 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at Timms Community Centre, 20399 Douglas Crescent
  • October 6 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Langley Senior Resources Society Recreation and Resource Centre, 20605 - 51B Avenue
  • October 7 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at Timms Community Centre, 20399 Douglas Crescent
When and where is Special Voting?

A Special Voting opportunity will take place on October 12 at Lion's Evergreen Hall, 5470 203 Street, from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.
This Special Voting opportunity is available only to qualified electors who are residents of Evergreen Timbers.

Am I eligible to vote?

In order to vote as a resident elector you must:

  • be18 years of age or older on the day of registration or on general voting day; and
  • be a Canadian citizen; and
  • have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months, immediately before the day of registration; and
  • be a resident of the City of Langley; and
  • not be disqualified under this or any other enactment from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

 

In order to vote as a non-resident property elector you must:

  • not be entitled to register as a resident elector of the City of Langley; and
  • be18 years of age or older on the day of registration or on general voting day; and
  • be a Canadian citizen; and
  • have been a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and
  • have been a registered owner of real property in the City of Langley for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
  • not be disqualified under this Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

 

Non-resident property electors are subject to the following restrictions:

  • A person holding a property in trust for a corporation (e.g., numbered company) or another trust is not eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector.
  • A person can register only in relation to one parcel of real property in the City of Langley.
  • If more than one person owns the property, only one owner can register and that person must have the written consent of a majority of the owners (majority includes the person registering).
How do I register to vote?

The City of Langley uses the Provincial Voters List from Elections BC. So if you voted in a provincial or federal election it is likely you are on the Provincial Voters List.  If you are not sure if you are on the Provincial Voters List you can find out by calling 604-514-4585 or visiting the Administration Department, second floor, Langley City Hall, 20399 Douglas Crescent. The Department is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays).

Advance elector registration will be accepted at Langley City Hall until 4:30 p.m. on August 23, 2022.  Except for registration on voting days, elector registrations will not be accepted during the period August 24, 2022 to October 15, 2022.

 

 

What identification should I bring to the voting location?

If you are already on the Voters List you will receive a voter information card in September and we ask that you bring it with you to the voting place as it will increase the speed and efficiency of your voting experience.

If you are a new or unregistered voter, or are updating your personal information, please bring two pieces of valid identification with you to vote, which include your address and signature.

The following are examples of acceptable identification documents (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Canadian Passport
  • BC Driver's Licence (Note: the dual BC Driver’s Licence and Care Card are considered one (1) piece of ID)
  • Certificate of Vehicle Insurance
  • BC ID Card
  • Credit Card or Debit Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • Social Insurance Card
  • BC Care Card or BC Gold Care Card
  • Property Tax Notice
  • Utility Bill (BC Hydro, Fortis, Shaw, Telus, etc.)
What are the ways I can vote?

You may vote in one of two ways:

  • In-person
  • By mail ballot

Please note that once you request a mail ballot, you will not be issued another ballot for this election.

 

Who can vote by mail?

Resident electors and non-resident property electors.

How do I obtain a Mail Ballot?

If you wish to vote by mail, you must fill out and submit an application form.

Beginning July 28, 2022, the mail ballot application form will be available on the City's website and at the Administration Department, second floor, Langley City Hall, 20399 Douglas Crescent. 

The City of Langley will send out mail ballot packages commencing on or about September 26th. 

If you wish to receive your mail ballot by mail and subsequently mail it back, your application must be received by no later than September 23rd in order to ensure that you receive your mail ballot package in a timely fashion, and have adequate time to mail your ballot back. 

After September 23rd your mail ballot package will only be available for pick up at the Administration Office, second floor, Langley City Hall, 20399 Douglas Crescent.

To be counted for the election, your completed ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8:00 p.m. on general voting day October 15, 2022. 

CANDIDATE FAQS
Who is eligible to run as a candidate?

To qualify to run for local government office or the office of school trustee, a person at the time of nomination must:

  • be 18 years or older on General Voting Day;

  • be a Canadian Citizen; and

  • be a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months before the election.

In addition, you must not have been otherwise disqualified, for example, by failing to file a campaign financing disclosure statement after the last election.  Candidates are not required to be residents of the community in which they are seeking public office.  City and School Board employees are required to take a leave of absence before being nominated for a position on City Council or the Board of Education respectively.

I'm thinking of running for local office. What are the roles and responsibilities?

The Province of BC's Local Candidates webpage and School Trustee Election Procedures webpage are useful resources for potential candidates.

 

When and where can I obtain nomination documents?

Nomination documents for City of Langley candidates will be available as of Friday, July 29, 2022 at Langley City Hall in the Administration Department (2nd floor) between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays until the close of the nomination period September 9, 2022 at 4:00pm.

 

When can I file my nomination documents?

The nomination period begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 and ends  at 4:00 pm on Friday, September 9, 2022. No candidate nominations can be filed except during the nomination period.

Is there a cost to filing nomination documents?

Candidates running  for Mayor or Councillor  are required to provide a $100 nomination deposit at the time of filing.  No nomination deposit is required for candidates running for School Trustee.

What are the rules with respect to campaign contribution and expense limits?

Elections BC is responsible for educating candidates on the campaign financing requirements set out in the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA) and for administering campaign financing rules under LECFA. This responsibility includes managing campaign financing disclosure requirements, conducting investigations, and enforcing the campaign financing provisions set out in LECFA.

For more information on these requirements visit Elections BC

Also refer to Elections BC’s Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in B.C. for Candidates and their Financial Agents and Guide for Local Elections Third Party Sponsors in B.C. 

Guides for elector organizations can also be found on Election BC's website

What are the rules with respect to election signs and advertising?

The City is responsible for regulating when and where candidates’ elections signs may be put up, the size of the signs and when the signs must come down. 

Election signs may go up no earlier than after 4:00 pm on September 9, 2022.

Refer to the City's Sign Bylaw for regulations on size and placement of political signs.

Signs must come down no later than 4:30 pm on October 22, 2022.

Elections BC is responsible for regulating what information needs to be included on election signage.

Elections BC is responsible for educating candidates on the election advertising requirements set out in the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA) and for administering election advertising rules under LECFA. This responsibility includes conducting investigations and enforcing the third party advertising provisions set out in LECFA.

For more information on these requirements visit Elections BC

Also refer to Elections BC’s Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in B.C. for Candidates and their Financial Agents and Guide for Local Elections Third Party Sponsors in B.C. 

Guides for elector organizations can also be found on Election BC's website

 

When can I start campaigning?

There is no legislative requirement on when a potential candidate can start campaigning.  An individual does not need to be declared a candidate in order to start campaigning.  However, there are a number of recording and disclosure requirements that apply to candidates, elector organizations and third party sponsors during the election period which begins at the start of the calendar year (January 1).

New for this election is a pre-campaign period for general local elections which begins July 18th and ends on September 16th. 

The campaign period begins September 17th and ends on the close of general voting day October 15th. 

For more information about the election period, pre-campaign period, and campaign period requirements, visit Elections BC's website.

Also refer to Elections BC’s Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in B.C. for Candidates and their Financial Agents and Guide for Local Elections Third Party Sponsors in B.C. 

Guides for elector organizations can also be found on Election BC's website

Please note that the City of Langley has the authority to regulate election signage, therefore there are rules on when election signs may go up, where they can be placed and when they must come down.  See FAQ regarding elections signs and advertising for requirements.

ELECTION NOTICES

The Local Government Act requires that statutory notification be made for various aspects of the 2022 Local Government Elections. All statutory election notices that are published in the newspaper will be provided here for information.

Notices