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Local Government Elections

Next Election - Saturday, October 20, 2018

Advanced polls will be held, Wednesday, October 10th from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Wednesday, October 17th from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Starting in 2014, municipal elections in B.C. are held every four years.  They are conducted according to the rules and regulations set out in the Local Government Act, which covers local government elections throughout B.C., and the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.

The Town of Ladysmith uses electronic voting machines to count ballots. You still mark a paper ballot by hand, but the vote counting is done electronically. As we no longer carry out a manual count of each and every vote, the vote tally can be calculated within minutes of the close of polls. The paper ballots are kept in case a recount, whether electronic or manual, is required.

Who can run for office in Ladysmith?

You may run for any local government office if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • are at least 18 years old on election day;
  • have lived in British Columbia for at least six months (i.e., you moved here on or before May 13, 2014); and
  • have not been disqualified from voting in this election.

You do not have to live or own property in Ladysmith to run for office here.

You may not run for local government office if you:

  • are a judge of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal;
  • are an employee or salaried officer of the Town of Ladysmith (unless you have taken a leave of absence to run for office and agree to resign if elected);
  • are under sentence for an indictable offence and are in custody or in prison;
  • have been found guilty of an elections offence, such as double voting or  buying votes, and are prohibited from holding office; or
  • have been disqualified from this election for failing to:
    • file a disclosure statement in a previous election;
    • make an oath of office; or
    • attend meetings.

For more information about running for office, click on this link for a Local Elections Candidates Guide produced by the Province of BC -- BC Government Candidate Guide, Thinking of Running for Local Office video series, or pick up a copy at City Hall.

For information about the new rules for campaign financing under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, click here.

Where can I learn more about local government?

For information about local government elections in B.C., click here

For information about local governments in B.C., click here

Where can I get more information about local government elections?

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions or need more information:

Corporate Officer:  Joanna Winter, 250.245.6417, jwinter@ladysmith.ca

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