2018 General Local Elections

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 The next scheduled General Voting Day is October 20, 2018 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at Nicomekl Elementary School, 20050 53rd Avenue.

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, the School Act and the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA).

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

Working at the Election:
Please note that recruitment of staff to work the election is complete. In the event that there is a vacancy prior to election day you may request to be added to the waitlist by sending your name, phone number and email address to info@langleycity.ca. Thank you in advance for your interest in working at the 2018 Local Government Elections.

For inquiries related to campaign finances and advertising:
Elections BC
Toll-free: 1-800-661-8683
E-mail: electionsbc@elections.bc.ca
Website: http://elections.bc.ca/political-participants/local-elections-campaign-financing/

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
List of Important Dates
January 1 - September 21, 2018 Election Period
July 27, 2018 Nomination Documents Available
September 4 - September 14, 2018 Nomination Period
September 22 - October 20, 2018 Campaign Period
October 9, 10, 11 and 17, 2018 Advance Voting Days
October 18, 2018 Special Voting Opportunity for residents or members of Evergreen Hall and Langley Senior Resource Centre
October 20, 2018 General Voting Day - from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at Nicomekl Elementary School, 20050 53rd Avenue.

 

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

General Voting Day is Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at Nicomekl Elementary School, 20050 53rd Avenue.

When and where is advance voting?

Advance Voting will take place at Timms Community Centre, 20399 Douglas Crescent as follows:

October 9 from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm

October 10 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

October 11 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

October 17 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

When and where is special voting?

Special Voting will take place on October 18 at Evergreen Hall, 5470 203 Street, from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and at the Langley Senior Resources Centre, 20605 51B Avenue from 1:00 pm  to 4:00 pm.
Special voting opportunities are available to qualified electors who are residents or members of the respective facilities.

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
  • have been a resident of the City of Langley for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; 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.  People who are not already on the Provincial Voter's List may register to be added to the Voter’s List at City Hall, 20399 Douglas Crescent between business hours 8:30 am and 4:30 pm up until August 28, 2018 and after August 28, 2018 you may register to vote at the time of voting.

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.)
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 do I need to know?

The province has a comprehensive webpage that provides information about the roles and responsibilities of elected local officials.

Information for School Trustee candidates is available on the BC School Trustees Association website.

When and where can I obtain nomination documents?

Nomination documents for City of Langley candidates will be available as of Friday, July 27, 2018 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 14, 2018.

When can I file my nomination documents?

The nomination period begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and ends  at 4:00 pm on Friday, September 14, 2018. 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

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 14, 2018 (see the City's Sign Bylaw for regulations on size and placement of political signs) and must come down no later than 4:30 pm on October 27, 2018.

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

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).

The campaign period for general local elections begins on the 28th day before general voting day (September 22) and ends on the close of general voting day (October 20). Campaign financing recording and disclosure rules apply during the campaign period for candidates, elector organizations and third party sponsors.

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. For more information about the election period and campaign period requirements, visit Elections 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 2018 Local Government Elections. All statutory election notices that are published in the newspaper will be provided here for information.