Who can vote in the General Local and School Trustee Elections?
In order to vote in the upcoming election in Pitt Meadows, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be 18 years of age or older on general voting day [October 15, 2022];
- You must be a Canadian citizen;
- You must be a resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before voting or registering to vote;
- You must be a resident of Pitt Meadows (for any length of time); and
- You cannot be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.
How do you register to vote?
The City of Pitt Meadows uses the Provincial Voters List as our List of Resident Electors. Register with Elections BC by August 15 to ensure you’re on the list in time for the election by visiting: https://elections.bc.ca/voting/register-to-vote/ or https://elections.bc.ca/docs/forms/200A.pdf.
NOTE: If you think you might already be on the provincial voters list, but you’re not sure, follow the link above to register. The website will check your information and let you know if you’re already on the list.
Same Day Registration
If you miss the deadline to register in advance of the election, you will be able to register when you arrive to vote at an advance poll or on General Voting Day [“GVD”].
To register at the time of voting, please bring at least two documents that prove your identity and place of residence, with at least one of them showing your signature. Examples of acceptable documents include:
- BC Drivers Licence;
- BC Identification Card;
- BC Care Card or BC Gold Care Card;
- BC Services Card with or without a photo;
- Vehicle insurance papers;
- Social Insurance Number Card;
- Citizenship Card;
- Property tax notice;
- Credit card or debit card;
- Birth certificate;
- Valid Canadian passport;
- Nexus Card;
- Firearms Licence; and
- Utility bill.
NOTE: If the Drivers Licence and the Care Card are combined, then this document only counts as 1 piece of identification and the elector will have to provide another piece of identification.
NOTE: No identification is required if a person is already registered.
Do you own property but do not live in Pitt Meadows?
You might qualify to vote in the election as a non-resident property elector if:
- You are 18 years of age or older on October 15, 2022;
- You are a Canadian citizen;
- You are a resident of BC for at least six months prior to voting or registering to vote;
- You do not live in Pitt Meadows, but you own real property in Pitt Meadows for at least 30 days prior to voting or registering to vote; and
- You are not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.
How to register as a non-resident property elector [“NRPE”]
Complete the Application form below with consideration of the following restrictions:
- A person can register only in relation to one parcel of real property in a municipality, or a school district, even if the person owns more than one parcel in that area.
- If, based on land title records, more than one individual owns the property, only one owner can register and that person must have the written consent of a majority of the individual owners (The majority includes the person registering to vote). Written consent can be withdrawn by a property owner by delivering a written withdrawal.
- 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.
NOTE: NRPE’s are not eligible to vote in the School Trustee election.
Upon completion of these forms, please submit by email to email@example.com.
Mail Ballot Voting Information
The Local Government Act was amended in June 2021 to expand mail ballot voting opportunities to all registered electors who prefer this method of voting. This can be a great option for voters who do not want to attend a public polling station or who, for other reasons, find it easier to vote from home.
Requesting a mail ballot package
Between July 15, 2022 and 12:00 p.m. on GVD, the City of Pitt Meadows will take applications/requests for mail ballot packages. You can request a mail ballot package in the following ways:
- Come to City Hall during normal office hours [July 15 onward] and fill out the required form;
- Complete the PDF Application [coming soon], print and deliver to City Hall;
- Complete the online submission form [coming soon].
NOTE: As part of the mail ballot application process, you will need to provide one piece of identification that proves your identity and place of residence.
Distribution of mail ballot packages
Starting the week of September 26, 2022, mail ballot packages will be distributed to approved applicants. Mail ballot packages may be distributed to the elector in any of the following ways:
- sending the mail ballot package by Canada Post*;
- sending the mail ballot package by courier at the expense of the applicant;
- having the mail ballot package picked up by the elector from City Hall; or
- having the mail ballot package picked up by a person authorized by the elector.
NOTE: The last day which the City will distribute a mail ballot package via Canada Post is October 3, 2022. This is to ensure adequate time for return postage.
If the mail ballot package is being picked up by a person authorized by the elector, the individual upon arrival at City Hall will be required to:
- show identification to prove their identity; and
- fill out and sign a Form 11-3 [Declaration of Person Obtaining MB on behalf of an Elector].