Voting DATES and TIMES vary by Community (see below:  Notice of Election by Voting)

The Chief Election Officer as appointed by the Board of Education is responsible for conducting local trustee elections. In British Columbia, the School Act mandates that trustee elections be held every four years on the third Saturday in October. In advance of Election Day, the Chief Election Officer advertises in the local newspapers, naming the candidates that are running and outlining how qualified citizens can vote.

A by-election is called when a vacancy occurs on the Board.  Zone 7, (West of Williams Lake:  Cariboo Regional District Areas J & part of K that lies within the boundaries of SD27)

Contact Information:

Chief Election Officer:  Mr. Kevin Futcher
Deputy Chief Election Officer: Ms. Connee Newberry

School District No. 27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin)
350 N. 2nd Avenue, Williams Lake, BC  V2G 1Z9
8:30 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)
P: 250-398-3833
E: connee.newberry@sd27.bc.ca

SCHOOL BOARD OFFICE HOURS
Regular Hours:  Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed 12:00-1:00)
When School is NOT in session – including summer:  Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 3:30 (closed 12:00 – 12:30)

CLOSED to the PUBLIC:
Christmas Break:  December 19 to December 30, 2016
(Available by appointment only between Dec 19-23:  call 250-398-3833)
Spring Break/NIS Days:  March 20 – March 31, 2017
Summer:  mid-July to mid-August

Public Notices
1. When is the next Trustee General Election?

Saturday, 21 January 2017, the electors of School District No. 27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) will vote to elect one trustee, for the remainder of the four year term commencing December 2014.  Voting dates and times vary by community – see Notice of Election by Voting

2. Where and When Can I Vote?

For the official 2017 Trustee By-Election Zone 7 of Where and When to vote click here.

General Voting – By-Election Day – Zone 7:

Saturday, 21 January 2017, between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm.  Click here for voting locations:  Notice of Election by Voting

NOTE:  Voting locations and times vary from community to community.

Advance Voting Opportunities:

For Advance Voting Opportunities locations and times, click here:  Notice of Election by Voting

NOTE:  Voting locations and times vary from community to community.

3. Do I qualify to vote?

In order to vote as a resident elector, a person must be all of the following:

  • a Canadian citizen [1];
  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • a resident of BC for at least six (6) months immediately before the time of voting;
  • a resident of the trustee electoral area for at least 30 days immediately before the time of voting; and
  • not disqualified by law from voting by the School Act or any other enactment or law.

All residents who meet these requirements can vote. It does not matter whether you rent or own your home. If you own property within School District boundaries but live somewhere else in BC, you can also vote in trustee elections. This is called being a “non-resident property elector.” As such, a person can vote, as long as the following are met:

  • a Canadian citizen;
  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • a resident of BC for at least six (6) months immediately before the time of voting;
  • a registered owner of real property in the trustee electoral area, for at least thirty (30) days immediately before the time of voting; and
  • not be a resident elector in any other trustee electoral area in the District.

Non-resident property electors can vote only once, regardless of the number of properties they own. If there is more than one registered owner of a property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the other owners, register as a non-resident property elector. If you have any questions about registering and voting as a “non-resident property elector,” contact the Chief Election Officer at 250-398-3833.

[1] Landed immigrants who are not yet Canadian citizens are not permitted to vote in trustee elections.

4. How do I register to vote?
5. Do I need identification to vote?

Yes Resident Electors must produce two (2) valid pieces of identification in order to prove both identity and residency in the Trustee Electoral Zone, one of which must have a signature. Valid ID include:

  • BC Driver’s License
  • Williams Lake Tax Notice
  • ICBC Vehicle Insurance Documents
  • Social Insurance Card
  • BC Identification Card
  • Credit Card
  • BC CareCard or Gold CareCard
  • Utility Bill
  • Citizenship Card

Non-Resident Electors must produce two (2) valid pieces of identification in order to prove identity, one of which must have a signature, as well as proof of ownership of property in the Trustee Electoral Zone. If there are other owners of the property in question, you must also have written consent from the majority of all the owners stating that you are the one owner who is designated as the Non-Resident (Property) Elector for that property. Non-resident property electors can vote only once, regardless of the number of properties they own. ***Property registered in company/corporation names do not qualify under the Local Government Act to vote in this municipal election.

6. What do I need to know if I am interested in running for office?

You do not have to be a resident of or own property within the boundaries of the School District to run for Trustee; however, you must meet the following criteria (Section 66 of the Local Government Act):

  • Canadian citizen (landed immigrants who are not yet Canadian citizens are not qualified);
  • Will be 18 years of age or older on November 15, 2014;
  • Resident of BC for at least the last 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and
  • Not disqualified by the School Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in BC or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office.
7. Nomination Information and Candidates

(Sections 66 to 73 of the Local Government Act). Candidates must be nominated by a minimum of two qualified electors to run for Trustee. Nomination packages will be available as of 22 November 2016 from the School District Administration Office, 350 Second Ave. North, Williams Lake, BC.

(Sections 66 to 73 of the Local Government Act). Nominations for all trustee zones must be filed with the Chief Election Officer or the Deputy Chief Election Officer at the School District Administration Office, 350 N. 2nd Avenue, Williams Lake, BC and will only be accepted between 9:00 am on Tuesday, 06 December 2016 and 4:00 pm on Friday, 16 December 2016.  A nomination deposit is not required.

Public Notice of Nomination and Nomination Package Information

Nomination Papers Filed:
The following nomination documents for the 2017 School trustee by-eletion are available for public inspection at the links below and at the School Board Office, 350 North 2nd Avenue, Williams Lake, BC  between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.  These documents are the express purpose of school trustee by-election activities and the information must not be used for any other purpose.

8. Additional Nomination Information for Zones 3 and 6

NOT APPLICABLE FOR THE 2017 Trustee By-Election

Special Nomination and Voting Information for Zone 3 (District of 100 Mile House) and Zone 6 (City of Williams Lake) In accordance with the School Act, the District of 100 Mile House and the City of Williams Lake are responsible for the conducting of the Trustee Election in the aforementioned zones. Refer to the appropriate website and advertising for these zones. Please note: candidates filing nomination papers for these zones must do so at the School Board Office.

9. Nominated Candidates Forms and DECLARATION OF CANDIDATES

Papers of Candidates

Pursuant to School District Bylaw No. 2707 and Section 89 (8) of the Local Government Act, nomination documents will be available on the School District website from the close of filing until 24 February 2017. A person who inspects or otherwise accesses nomination documents must not use the information included in them except for the purposes of the Local Government Act. Trustee Zone boundaries are defined according to formal metes and bounds descriptions (particulars available on request).

10. Campaign financing (major revisions this election year).

As of 29 May 2014, Elections BC oversees the campaign financing and third party advertising rule for local elections under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. Refer to Election BC’s website for details. All candidates in the 2014 General Local Elections must file disclosure statements with Elections BC by 4:30 pm on Friday, 13 February 2015. These statements will be published online and be accessible through the Financial Reports and Political Contributions system. IMPORTANT: Candidates must be familiar with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act and its requirements. For a copy of the legislation, refer to the BC Laws website. For detailed instructions regarding the campaign financing disclosure process and third party sponsors, refer to Elections BC’s Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC and Third Party Sponsor Guide to Local Elections in BC. Both guides, and other important information, are available on the Elections BC website.

11. Term of Office

If you are elected to local office, you will be expected to serve the remainder of the four-year term that began on 09 December 2014 at the Inaugural Meeting of the Board of Education.

12. Time commitment

Please be aware that holding office can be time consuming. In addition to attending regular meetings, you may be asked to sit on special committees, boards or commissions that also require significant time. You might consider talking to someone currently in local office to find out how much time you will be expected to commit. A typical school trustee in BC could expect a weekly time commitment between 10-20 hours.

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