Local Government Elections

How do I qualify as an elector if I live in Pouce Coupe?

You must be

  • 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 Village of Pouce Coupe 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 assent voting and not otherwise disqualified by law.

How do I qualify as an elector if I don’t live in Pouce Coupe, but own property in Pouce Coupe?

You must be:

  • 18 years of age older on general voting day for the election or assent voting;
  • 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 Village of Pouce Coupe for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
  • not entitled to register as a resident elector; and
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or assent voting and not 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.

If you live in another jurisdiction and own property in Pouce Coupe and wish to vote, you will have to provide proof that your entitled to register in relation to your property and provide written consent of the other registered owners of the property. Please call the chief election officer at the Village Office at 250-786-5794 for more information.

How do I register to vote?

You do not need to register in advance. To vote on voting day, you must bring two pieces of identification to the voting place.

What identification do I need to vote?

Your identification must provide evidence of your identity and place of residence, at least one of which must contain your signature. Acceptable identification includes:

  • a British Columbia Driver’s Licence,
  • a BC identification card within the meaning of the Identification Card Regulation,
  • a photo BC services card within the meaning of the Identification Card Regulation,
  • a non-photo BC services card within the meaning of the Identification Card Regulation,
  • an Owner’s Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence issued by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia,
  • a British Columbia CareCard or British Columbia Gold CareCard,
  • a Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form SDES8,
  • a Social Insurance Number card or confirmation of Social Insurance Number letter issued by the government of Canada,
  • a Citizenship Card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada,
  • a real property tax notice issued under section 369 of the Local Government Act or section 21 of the Taxation (Rural Area) Act,
  • a credit card or debit card issued by a savings institution as defined in section 29 of the Interpretation Act, or
  • a utility bill issued for the supply of electricity, natural gas, water, telephone services or coaxial cable services by
    • a public utility as defined in section 1 of the Utilities Commission Act,
    • a gas utility as defined in section 1 of the Gas Utility Act,
    • a water utility as defined in section 1 of the Water Act,
    • the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority, or
    • a corporation licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for the purposes of that supply.

For more information, check out the 2014 Voters Guide to Local Elections in BC.

Can I vote if I can’t get into the voting place?

If you are are unable to enter the voting place due to a physical disability or impaired mobility, we can accommodate you by bringing a ballot to you at a location near the voting place, e.g. to a vehicle outside the voting place. Please call the chief election officer at 250-786-5794 for more information or have someone make the request to the presiding election official on voting day.

More Information

In British Columbia, municipal elections are conducted according to the regulations set out in the BC Local Government Act. Various changes to these processes were enacted recently with the introduction of the Local Elections Campaign Financial Act which introduces new requirements for financial disclosure and provides enforcement responsibilities to Elections BC for local government elections.

Voter’s guides and more information on local government elections may be found on the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development website and in the Part 3 of the BC Local Government Act.

Contact Information

Please contact the Village Office at (250) 786-5794 or email info@poucecoupe.ca for more information.