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General Local Elections Calendar


Significant Dates 2014 - 2015


The following calendar outlines the key legislative dates for the 2014 general local election.

While the calendar sets out significant dates relating to the 2014 general local elections, the calendar should not be construed as legal advice. Please consult thethe Local Government Act, the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, the Vancouver Charter, the Community Charter, the School Act, the Offence Act for specific information about local government elections.

 

Election Calendar

January 2014
April 2014
May 2014
August 2014
September 2014
October 2014
November 2014
December 2014
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015

January, 2014
Wednesday, Janaury 1 - Start of Campaign Period
  • Campaign Period begins.

    The campagin period begins at the start of the calendar year in which a general local election is held and ends at the close of voting on general voting day.

    Local Elections Campaign Financing Act s. 10(1)

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April, 2014
Tuesday, April 8 - Candidate B.C. Residency Deadline
  • Last day to meet six month B.C. residency requirement for candidates within the nomination period.

    A person must have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately before he or she is nominated. Individuals who move to British Columbia after this date will not be qualified as electors on the last day of the nomination period, and therefore will not be qualified to run for office.

    Local Government Act s.66(1)(c)

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May, 2014
Tuesday, May 13 - Elector Residency Deadline

  • Last day to meet six month B.C. residency requirement for electors registering on general voting day.

    A person must have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately before he or she registers as an elector. Individuals who move to British Columbia after this date will not be qualified as electors on general voting day, which is the last opportunity to register as an elector.

    Individuals who move to British Columbia shortly before this date may not be able to register or vote at an advance voting opportunity, depending on the precise dates of the move and the advance voting opportunity date.

    Local Government Act s.50(1)(c) and 51(1)(d)

 

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August, 2014
Tuesday, August 5 - Election Bylaw Deadline

  • Last day to adopt election bylaw or bylaw amendment as necessary, if new bylaw or amendment is necessary.

    An election bylaw is one that deals with any matter authorized under Part 3 of the Local Government Act, including use of the provincial voter's list, use of voting machines, advance voting opportunities, and regulation of election signs.

    Changes or new provisions that are adopted after this date do not apply to the 2014 general local election.

    Local Government Act s.39(1)


Sunday, August 24 - Start of Period for Notice of End of Advance Elector Registration

  • First day for giving notice that advance elector registration will close on September 23.

    Note that advance elector registration is only available if the local government uses a list of registered electors.

    Local Government Act s.56(5)

 

Sunday, August 31- Start of Period for Notice of Nominations

  • First day for giving notice of the nomination period.

    At least two notices must be published in the period from August 31 to September 23.

    Local Government Act s.70(1)

Sunday, August 31 - Start of Period for Notice of List of Registered Electors

  • First day for giving notice that:
    • a copy of the list of registered electors will be available for public inspection at the local government offices starting September 30 until the end of general voting;
    • an elector may request that his or her personal information be omitted from or obscured on the list; and,
    • an objection to the registration of a person as an elector may be made between September 30 and 4:00 p.m. local time on October 10.

At least two notices must be published in the period from August 31 to September 23.

Note: the list of electors, and the opportunity to object to registration of an elector, are only available if the local government uses a list of registered electors.

Local Government Act s.62

 

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September, 2014

Tuesday, September 16 - End of Period for Notice of Close of Advance Elector Registration

  • Last day for notice of the closed period for advance elector registration.

    At least two notices must be published in the period from August 24 to September 16.

    Note: advance elector registration is only available if the local government uses a list of registered electors.

    Local Government Act s.56(5)

Tuesday, September 23 - End of Period for Notice of Nominations

  • Last day for giving notice of the nomination period.

    At least two notices must be published in the period from August 31 to September 23.

    Local Government Act s.70(1)

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Tuesday, September 23 - End of Period for Notice of List of Registered Electors

  • Last day for giving notice that:
    • a copy of the list of registered electors will be available for public inspection at the local government offices until the end of general voting;
    • an elector may request that his or her personal information be omitted from or obscured on the list; and,
    • an objection to the registration of a person as an elector may be made between September 30 and 4:00 p.m. local time on October 10.

At least two notices must be published in the period from August 31 to September 23.

Local Government Act s.62(8) - s.64(2)


Note: the list of electors, and the opportunity to object to registration of an elector, are only available if the local government uses a list of registered electors.


Tuesday, September 23 - Last Day for Advance Elector Registration

  • Advance elector registration closes.

    Individuals wishing to register as an elector for the 2014 general local elections after this date must do so at the time of voting.

    Note: some local governments do not provide advance registration – all electors in those jurisdictions register on the day of voting.

    Local Government Act s.56(4)

Tuesday, September 23 - Last Day for Withdrawal of Non-resident Property Elector Consent

  • Last day for withdrawing consent for non-resident property elector.

    A registered owner who has consented to the registration of another registered owner of a property as a non-resident property elector in relation to the shared property may withdraw the consent by delivering a written withdrawal to the municipality or regional district.

    If the number of individuals who have given consent falls below a majority of the registered owners on or before this date, the person registered as the non-resident property elector in relation to the property, ceases to be entitled to be registered and vote in the 2014 general local election. If this occurs after September 23, the person registered ceases to be entitled to be registered and vote after the 2014 general local election.

    Local Government Act s.51(8)

Wednesday, September 24 - Adoption of Provincial Voters List

  • Provincial list of voters becomes local government list of resident electors, if applicable. Last day for automatic inclusion on the Provincial voters list.

    A local government can choose to use the Provincial voters list, its own list of registered electors, or to dispense with a list altogether and hold same day voter registration. The choice must be contained in an election bylaw adopted no later than August 5 in order to apply to the 2014 general local election.

    Local Government Act s.59

Tuesday, September 30 - Start of Nomination Period and Challenge Period

  • Nomination period begins at 9:00 a.m. local time.

Nominations are effective upon delivery to the local chief election officer or a person designated by the local chief election officer. Nominations are available for public inspection from the time of delivery, and may be challenged from the time of delivery until October 14.

Local Government Act s.69(1)

  • A challenge to a nomination may be made at anytime between the delivery of the nomination and 4:00 p.m. local time on October 14.

    Local Government Act s.73.2(2)

Tuesday, September 30 – Start of Inspection of List of Registered Electors and Start of Objections to Elector Registration

  • List of electors available for public inspection at the local government offices from September 30 through the close of general voting day on November 15.

    The list of electors, and the opportunity to object to registration of an elector, are only available if the local government uses a list of registered electors to record advance elector registrations. Public inspection of the list of registered electors does not include entitlement to a copy of the list.

Local Government Act s.62

  • Period for objections to elector registration begins. An objection to the registration of a person as an elector may be made between September 30 and October 10.

Local Government Act s.64(2)

Tuesday, September 30 – Start of Election Proceedings Period

  • The period that begins on the 46th day before general voting day and ends at the close of voting on general voting day.

    Election proceedings period expenses for candidates, electoral organizations and third party advertising sponsors must be disclosed in the prescribed manner under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act s.10(2), 15 and 46-49


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October, 2014

Tuesday, October 7 - Start of Period for Notice of Advance Voting

  • First day to give notice of required advance voting which must be held on November 5.

    At least two notices must be published in the period from October 7 to October 29 the required advance voting opportunity on November 5.

    At least two notices must also be published with respect to other advance voting opportunities between 30 and six days before the voting opportunity.

    Local Government Act s.97(6)

Friday, October 10 - End of Nomination Period

  • Nomination period ends at 4:00 p.m. local time.

Nomination documents may be delivered by hand, by mail or other delivery service or by facsimile or email transmission with originals to follow.

If the original nomination documents delivered by facsimile transmission or email are not received by the local chief election officer by the end of office hours on October 17, the person nominated is deemed to have withdrawn from being a candidate in the election.

Local Government Act s.69(1) & 73(5)

  • Following the end of nomination period, all nominees are declared candidates.

    If there are fewer candidates than positions to be elected, the nomination period is extended to October 14 at 4:00 p.m. local time, at which time all subsequent nominees are also declared candidates. Notice of the extension of nominations must be published if reasonably possible.

    Local Government Act s.74

Friday, October 10 - End of Objections to Elector Registrations

  • Period of objections to elector registrations ends at 4:00 p.m. local time.

    Note: the list of electors, and the opportunity to object to registration of an elector, are only available if the local government uses a list of registered electors to record advance elector registrations.

    Local Government Act s.64(2)

Tuesday, October 14 – End of Extended Nomination Period

  • If the nominations period was extended, the deadline for challenge of nominations is also extended, to 4:00 p.m. local time on October 17.

Local Government Act s.74(2)

 

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Tuesday, October 14 - End of Nomination Challenge Period

  • Period to challenge a nomination with the court ends at 4:00 p.m. local time.

Local Government Act s.73.2(2)


Wednesday, October 15 - Elector Local Residency/Ownership Deadline

  • Last day to move or buy property to qualify as an elector.

    A person must have been a resident of a jurisdiction for at least 30 days immediately before he or she registers as a resident elector.

    A person must have been an owner of property within a jurisdiction for at least 30 days immediately before he or she registers as a non-resident property elector with that local government.

    Individuals who move or buy property after this date will not be qualified as electors as of general voting day (November 15), which is the last opportunity to register as an elector.

    Individuals who move or buy property shortly before this date may not be able to register or vote at an advance voting opportunity, depending on the precise dates of the move and the advance voting opportunity.

    Local Government Act s.50(1)(d) & s.51(1)(e)

Thursday, October 16 - Start of Period for Notice of Election

  • First day to publish notice of election. At least two notices must be published in the period from October 16 to November 8 for the general voting opportunity on November 15.

    Local Government Act s.77(1).

Friday, October 17 - Finalization of Candidates

  • Deadline is 4:00 p.m. local time:
    • court decision on challenge of nomination. If a nomination is challenged, the court can:
      • confirm the person as a candidate or declare that the person is no longer a candidate;
      • declare that the person is or is not entitled to have the usual name indicated in the nomination documents used on the ballot;
      • declare that the election organization named in the nomination documents is or is not entitled to have its endorsement included on the ballot.

Local Government Act s.73.2(9) and s.73.7(8);

    • withdrawal of candidates. A candidate cannot withdraw after 4:00 p.m. local time on this date unless it is approved by the Minister responsible for the Local Government Act.

Local Government Act s.80(1) & s.80(2);

    • withdrawal of elector organization endorsement. An elector organization can withdraw its endorsement or a candidate can withdraw the request to have an elector organization endorsement appear on the ballot by delivering signed documents to the local chief election officer.

Local Government Act s.73.6;

    • deadline for receiving originals of faxed or emailed nomination documents at end of office hours.

      Local Government Act s.73.5

Monday, October 20 - Declaration of Election by Voting or Acclamation

  • Declaration of election by voting or acclamation, as applicable, at 4:00 p.m. local time.

    If there are more candidates for an office than there are to be elected for the office, the local chief election officer must declare that an election by voting is to be held. If there are fewer candidates, the local chief election officer must declare the candidate or candidates elected by acclamation.

    Local Government Act s.76


Wednesday, October 29 - End of Period for Notice of Required Advance Voting

  • Last day to give notice of required advance voting which must be held on November 5.

    At least two notices must be published in the period from October 7 to October 29 for the required advance voting opportunity on November 5.

    Local Government Act s.97(6)

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November, 2014

Wednesday, November 5 - REQUIRED ADVANCE VOTING OPPORTUNITY

  • Required Advance Voting Opportunity from 8:00 a.m. local time to 8:00 p.m. local time in all jurisdictions.

    An elector can vote at an advance voting opportunity even if they will be present in the jurisdiction on general voting day (November 15).

    Local Government Act s.97(2)

Saturday, November 8 - End of Period for Notice of Election

  • Last day to publish notice of election.

    Local Government Act s.77(1)

    At least two notices must be published in the period from October 16 to November 8 for the general voting opportunity on November 15.

Saturday, November 15 - GENERAL VOTING DAY

  • General Voting Day from 8:00 a.m. local time to 8:00 p.m. local time in all jurisdictions.

    Local Government Act s.36

  • Mail ballots must be received by the local chief election officer by 8:00 p.m. to be counted. Late mail ballots are not considered, regardless of postmark or other proof of effort to deliver by this date.

    Local Government Act s.100(9)

  • The local chief election officer may announce the preliminary election results prior to the declaration of the official election results. The declaration of official results must occur by 4:00 p.m. local time on November 19.

    Local Government Act s.134

  • Public inspection of list of electors ends at 8:00 p.m. local time.

    The list of electors is only available if the local government uses a list of registered electors to record advance elector registrations. Public inspection of the list of registered electors does not include entitlement to a copy of the list.

    Local Government Act s.62(3) & (10)

Monday, November 17 - Start of Advance Registration for Next Election

  • Advance elector registration re-opens for a local government that chooses to use a list of registered electors.

    Local Government Act s.56(4)

Wednesday, November 19 - Last Day for Declaration of Official Election Results

  • Deadline to declare official election results is 4:00 p.m. local time.

    The loal chief election officer may make the declaration of official election results at any time in the period between the close of general voting and this time and date.

    Local Government Act s.136(1)

Wednesday, November 19 – Start of Period to Apply for Judicial Recount

  • First day for applications for judicial recount, if official election results declared on the last possible day.

    The time period during which an application may be made is limited to the time between the declaration of official election results and November 24.

    Local Government Act s.138(3)

Wednesday, November 19 - Start of Public Inspection of Voting Day Materials

  • First day to inspect voting day documents, if official election results declared on the last possible day.

    Records and other documents generated on voting day materials are available for public inspection from the time of the declaration of the official election results until 30 days after that date. If the official results are declared on the last possible day, these materials are available from November 19 to December 19.

    Public inspection of these documents does not include entitlement to obtain copies. Before inspecting materials, a person must sign a statement that they will not inspect the materials except for the purposes of the Act.

    Local Government Act s.150(3) & (5.2)

Wednesday, November 19 - Deadline for Election by Acclamation Results

  • Last day to report results of an election by acclamation.

    The chief election officer must submit a report of the election results to the local government within 30 days after the declaration of official election results by acclamation.

    Local Government Act s.148(1)

Monday, November 24 - End of Period to Apply for Judicial Recount

  • Last day for applications for judicial recount.

    The time period during which an application may be made is limited to the time between the declaration of official election results and nine days after the close of general voting.

    Local Government Act s.138(3)

Tuesday, November 25 - Start Period to Make Oath of Office

  • First day a candidate elected by voting may make oath of office.

    If an application for a judicial recount of an election is made, a candidate declared elected in the election is not entitled to make the oath of office until the recount has been completed and the candidate's election has been confirmed, unless permitted by the Provincial court. The court may authorize a candidate who has been declared elected to make the oath of office if the court is satisfied that the candidate's election will not be affected by the results of the judicial recount.

    Local Government Act s.137(1)

Friday, November 28 - Deadline for Completion of Judicial Recount

  • Deadline for completing judicial recounts.

    Local Government Act s.139(1)

Saturday, November 29 - Runoff Election

  • First day to hold runoff election if no bylaw in place to break a tie vote by lot.

If at the completion of a judicial recount the results of the election cannot be declared because there is an equality of valid votes for two or more candidates, a runoff election must be held unless the local government adopted a bylaw before August 5 that allows the results to be decided by lot.

 

Local Government Act s.141 & 142


December, 2014
Monday, December 1 - Start of Period to Hold First Council Meeting

  • First possible day to take office at first regular council meeting, as established in the Procedure Bylaw.  

Council must hold its first meeting in the first 10 days of December following a general local election.

Community Charter s.124(2)(g)

 

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Wednesday, December 10 - End of Period to Hold First Council Meeting

  • Last possible day that council can hold its first regular meeting following the general local election.

Council must hold its first meeting in the first 10 days of December following a general local election.

Community Charter s.124(2)(g)


Friday, December 19 - End of Public Inspection of Voting Day Materials

  • Last day to inspect voting day documents, if official election results declared on last possible day.

Records and other documents generated on voting day materials are available for public inspection from the time of the declaration of the official election results until 30 days after that date. If the official results are declared on the last possible day, these materials are available from November 19 to December 19.


Public inspection of these documents does not include entitlement to obtain copies. Before inspecting materials, a person must sign a statement that they will not inspect the materials except for the purposes of the Act.

Local Government Act s.150(3)


Friday, December 19 - End of Period for Application to the Supreme Court

  • Last day for an application to the Supreme Court to invalidate an election or determine the right of a candidate to take office.

    An application may be made to the Supreme Court by a candidate, the local chief election officer, or at least four electors.

    Local Government Act s.143(3)

  • Last day for submitting report of results of election by voting to the local government if the declaration of the official election results by voting was made on the last possible day (November 19). The local chief election officer must submit a report of the election results to the local government within 30 days after the declaration of official election results for an election by voting.

Local Government Act s.148(1)

 

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January, 2015

Monday, January 5 - End of Period to Make Oath of Office

  • Last day person elected to a regional district board by acclamation or by voting to make oath of office if the declaration of the official election results by voting was made on the last possible day (November 19).

    Local Government Act s.210(1)

  • Last day person elected to a council by acclamation or by voting to make oath of office if the declaration of the official election results by voting was made on the last possible day (November 19). The oath may be taken any time between the declaration of official election results and January 5.

    Community Charter s.120(1)(a)

Thursday, January 15 - Start of Period to Destroy Election Material

  • First possible day to destroy certain election materials if the declaration of the official election results by voting was made on the last possible day (November 19).

Certain election materials such as ballots, must be destroyed as soon as possible after eight weeks after the declaration of the official election results.

Local Government Act s.150(6)


Saturday, January 17 - End of Period for Runoff Election

  • Last possible day for runoff election if judicial recount completed on November 28, 2014.

If at the completion of a judicial recount the results of the election cannot be declared because there is an equality of valid votes for two or more candidates, a runoff election must be held unless the local government adopted a bylaw before August 5, 2014 that allows the results to be decided by lot.

Local Government Act s.142

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February, 2015

Friday, February 13 - End Period to File Disclosure Statement with Elections BC

  • Deadline to file campaign financing disclosure statements by candidates, elector organizations and third party sponsors.

    A disclosure statement is required to be filed with Elections BC even if the candidate received no campaign contributions, incurred no election expenses, was acclaimed, died, withdrew from the election, or was declared by a court to no longer be a candidate.

    Local Elections Campaign Finacing Act s.47(1), s.56 & s.90

Saturday, February 14 - Start of Period for Late Filing of Disclosure Statement with Elections BC

  • All outstanding disclosure statements (candidate, elector organization, third party sponsor) are subject to a $500 late filing fee if they are filed starting on this date.

  • Late filing is allowed until March 16 if accompanied by the late filing fee.  

    Local Elections Campaign Financing Act s.47(2), s.56 & s.90

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March, 2015
Monday, March 16 - End of Period for Late Filing of Disclosure Statement with Elections BC

  • Last day for candidates, elector organization and third party sponsors to file late disclosure statements along with a $500 late filing fee to Elections BC.

A candidate, elector organization or third party sponsor may apply to the Supreme Court in advance of this date for relief from the obligation to file. Unless relief is granted, penalties are imposed.

Local Local Elections Campaign Financing Act s.47(2) & s.56



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