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***The 2018 General Local Election Determination of Official Election Results has been released as at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2018. You can view the results HERE.***

Local government elections for mayors and councillors in British Columbia are held every four years on the third Saturday in October. The next local government elections will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

**View the official Notice of Election By Voting, Declaration of Candidates, Declaration of Election By Acclamation and Declaration of Election By Voting documents by clicking on the links in the Official Documents callout box on the right hand side of this page.

The Ethics of Elected Office
Elected officials are entrusted with significant decision-making authority. Mayors and councillors have great deal of influence over, and responsibility for, the services and programs that citizens receive.
Elected officials must conduct themselves in an open, transparent and accountable manner and avoid situations that may bring their integrity or the integrity of the council into question.

Term of Office
If you are elected to Local Government office, you are expected to serve a full four year term. This term will officially begin on November 6, 2018.
 
Election Administration
Each local government (municipality or regional district) is responsible for conducting its own general local election.
 
Elections BC is responsible for managing campaign financing disclosure requirements, investigations, and enforcing the campaign financing and third-party advertising provisions set out in the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. Elections BC's role also extends to by-elections and assent voting held by local election authorities outside of the general local election cycle.

2018 Key Dates
January 1 to September 21: Election period
July 27: Nomination packages available
September 4 to September 14: Nomination period
September 21: Last day to withdraw from being a candidate
September 22 to October 20: Campaign period
October 10: Advance voting opportunity
October 20: General Voting Day
October 24: Declaration of official results
 
Candidate Information
The Government of British Columbia, Local Government Branch, provides the following information:
“Elections are the most direct way for the public to directly influence their local government. During the election process, candidates generally outline their platforms and objectives if they were to be elected. By choosing the candidates with the ideals and qualities that are most acceptable to the electors, citizens can directly influence the type of community where they reside or own property."

See the Guide to Supporting a Candidate for Local Government Elections in B.C. for additional information about how to support candidates in local government elections.

The Candidate's Guide to Local Government Elections in B.C. provides detailed information for those considering running for elected office in B.C. Candidates are also required to file financial disclosure statements when they file nomination packages, annually while in office and upon leaving elected office.”

Summary of qualifications for the office of mayor and councillors. You must:
• be 18 years of age or older on general voting day (October 20, 2018);
• be a Canadian citizen;
• have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately prior to filing nomination documents (prior to March 14, 2018);
• not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

You do not have to reside in the jurisdiction in which you are running for public office.

Generally, local elections candidates must be nominated by eligible electors and declared a candidate by the local Chief Election Officer.

Elections BC helps local elections candidates and their financial agents understand the rules under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. Among other requirements, local elections candidates must:
• Open a separate campaign account and use it for all financial transactions. If you have difficulty opening a campaign account at a savings institution, click here for a letter you can take to the institution that explains the legislated requirement.
• File a disclosure statement with Elections BC within 90 days after General Voting Day.
For more information about the rules, read the Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in B.C. or visit the Local Elections FAQs page on the Elections BC website.
 
Elections BC tools for local elections candidates and their financial agents:
• Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in B.C.
• Local Elections Financial Agent Site
• Disclosure Statement Completion Guide for Local Elections Candidates
• Local elections candidate disclosure statement forms
• Financial Agent Appointment Update.

Campaign Financing Disclosures for candidates in the 2018 general local election will be available on the Elections BC website.

Council Remuneration
The Mayor's Remuneration is approximately $21,000 per year, and the Councillor's remuneration is $11,000 per year. 

Voter Information
The Government of British Columbia, Local Government Branch, provides the following voter information:
“In most provinces, the eligibility for voting in local government elections is limited to residents only. In British Columbia, residents can vote, as can persons that own property in a local government jurisdiction, even if they do not reside there. Further information about voter eligibility can be found in the Voter's Guide to Local Government Elections in B.C. (available in multiple languages).”

Who can vote?
You can vote in the Town of Golden election for mayor and councillors if you are a resident of the Town of Golden (“resident elector”), or own property in the Town of Golden even if you don’t reside in the Town of Golden (“non-resident property elector”).
 
Requirements for resident electors. You must be:
• age 18 or older on the day of registration or on general voting day for the election;
• Canadian citizen;
• resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration
• resident of the Town of Golden for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
• not disqualified from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.
Requirements for non-resident property electors. You must be:
• age 18 or older on the day of registration, or on general voting day for the election;
• Canadian citizen;
• resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration;
• registered owner of real property in the Town of Golden for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration;
• persons who are registered owners of the real property, either as joint tenants or tenants in common; and not disqualified from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.
A person may register as a non-resident property elector only in relation to one parcel of real property in a municipality or electoral area.

**You must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with signature) and a special Non-Resident Property Elector Registration Form and (if applicable) a Multiple Owner Consent Form to election officials at the voting place. Having this form completed prior to arriving at the voting place will significantly streamline your voting process. These forms are available at Town Hall or by clicking the following links:
Non-Resident Property Elector Registration Form
Multiple Owner Consent Form


Identification:
To register to vote as a resident elector at the time of voting you will need two of the following identification documents showing residency and identity, and one must contain a signature:
• BC Driver’s Licence*
• BC identification Card
• BC Services Card*
• ICBC Registration
• Citizenship Card
• Social Insurance Number (SIN)
• tax notice
• credit card or debit card
• utility bill
*If you have a combined BC Driver’s Licence and Service Card, it counts as only one piece of identification.
To register as a non-resident property elector at the time of voting you will need proof of property ownership and identification:
• property tax notice/certificate
• property assessment notice from BC Assessment
• State of Title Certificate
• Title Search
• Certificate of Indefeasible Title
• if applicable, written consent of a majority of the registered owners on title
• two pieces of identification as listed above for resident electors

“The majority of ballots cast by eligible electors determines the successful candidate for a given office. For municipalities, eligible electors choose from a list of candidates to fill the councillor positions. The electors also choose from a separate list of candidates to fill the position of mayor. In regional districts, a candidate is elected from each electoral area to the regional board. Together the electoral area directors and appointed municipal directors from the municipalities within the regional district then form the board.  In instances where there are only as many candidates as there are positions available in the local government, no election is necessary as the candidates are automatically declared elected by acclamation.”

Past Election Results
Town of Golden past election results

Contacts
Elections BC
(250) 387-5305 or 1-855-952-0280
e-mail: lecf@elections.bc.ca
website: http://elections.bc.ca/

Town of Golden Election Information

Viv Thoss, Chief Election Officer
Election.Chief@golden.ca
250-344-2271 ext. 224

Jon Wilsgard, Deputy Election Officer
Election.Deputy@golden.ca


Note: Information on this election web page is provided for ease of reference. It is not intended to provide complete and comprehensive election information and is not a substitution for the rules and regulations regarding general local elections in the Local Government Act, Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, or any other applicable statute.