Who and How to Vote?

ADVANCE VOTER REGISTRATION:

A municipal by-election for the Town of Comox will be held on Saturday, November 27, 2021. Is your name on the current list of electors? If you are not sure, you can find out at Comox Town Hall by calling 250.339.2202 or coming to Town Hall, 1809 Beaufort Avenue, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays).

Before you can vote in the Town of Comox municipal by-election, you must be registered to vote. Advance voter registration will be accepted at Comox Town Hall, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays), 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. until Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

The Town of Comox will be using the Provincial Voter’s List from Elections BC as the Town’s list of registered electors. If you are registered with Elections BC, you will automatically be placed on the Town Voter’s List. To confirm your voter registration information on the Provincial Voter’s List, or to add or update your registration information, visit Elections BC and select “REGISTER TO VOTE” or call 1 (800) 661-8683. If you are not on the Provincial Voter’s List and want to be listed on the Town Voter’s List, you must submit your application to register with the Town of Comox by Tuesday, October 5, 2021. With the exception of registrations on voting days, registrations will not be accepted between October 5 to November 27, 2021.

Register as a Resident Elector

Register as a Non-Resident Property Elector

Notices will be advertised in the newspaper advising the public of the deadlines for voter registration and nominations, as well as dates, times and locations of all voting opportunities.

MAIL BALLOT VOTING:

For this municipal by-election, ALL eligible electors have the opportunity to cast their vote by mail ballot. Requests for a mail ballot voting package can be made at Town Hall no later than 4:00 p.m. November 25, 2021, or at a voting location on voting days. Mail ballot voting packages can be requested by contacting Comox Town Hall at 250.339.2202.

Persons wishing to vote by mail must be registered to vote before submitting an application to vote by mail. Please ensure you are registered to vote prior to 4:30 pm on October 5, 2021 if you wish to apply to vote by mail.

Request a Mail Ballot Package

VOTING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Wednesday, November 17th – Advanced voting
    • 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Genoa Sail Building at Marina Park (127 Port Augusta Street)
  • Saturday, November 20th – Advanced voting
    • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Genoa Sail Building at Marina Park (127 Port Augusta Street)
  • Wednesday, November 24th – Advanced voting
    • 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Genoa Sail Building at Marina Park (127 Port Augusta Street)
  • Saturday, November 27th – General Voting Day
    • 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Comox Community Centre (1855 Noel Avenue)

RESIDENT ELECTOR QUALIFICATIONS:

In order to be registered as a Resident Elector, a person must meet all of the following requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • A Canadian citizen;
  • A resident of British Columbia as determined in accordance with section 67 of the Local Government Act for at least six months immediately preceding the day of registration;
  • A resident of the Town of Comox as determined in accordance with section 67 of the Local Government Act for at least thirty days prior to registration; and
  • Not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Resident electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity.

NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY ELECTOR QUALIFICATIONS:

In order to be registered as a Non-Resident Property Elector a person must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Not entitled to register as a resident elector;
  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • A Canadian citizen;
  • A resident of British Columbia as determined in accordance with section 67 of the Local Government Act for at least six months immediately preceding the day of registration;
  • A registered owner of the real property used for qualification at least 30 days immediately preceding the day of registration; and
  • Not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in the election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

A person may only register as a non-resident property owner in relation to one parcel of real property in the Town of Comox.

If more than one individual is a registered owner of the real property, then only one of those individuals is entitled to vote, with the written consent of a majority of registered owners that are on the title including the person requesting registration.

If a corporation is on title with other individuals, or if an individual on title is holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust, then none of the individuals are eligible to be registered as non-resident property electors.

In addition to advance registration, persons qualifying as Non-Resident Property Electors may register at the time of voting by completing the required non-resident property elector registration forms. Two documents that provide evidence of the applicant’s identity, at least one of which must contain the applicant’s signature must be provided when registering, along with the written consent of a majority of all registered owners if applicable. Valid proof of property ownership by way of a State of Title Certificate or Town of Comox 2021 Property Tax Notice is also required.

Non-resident property owners are strongly encouraged to register in advance due to the specific information required for a complete registration.

ACCEPTABLE IDENTIFICATION:

Electors must provide two (2) pieces of identification to vote and one must have a signature. A list of acceptable identification is as follows:

• BC Driver’s Licence
• BC Identification Card issued by the Motor Vehicle Branch
• Owner’s Certificate of insurance and vehicle licence issued by ICBC
• BC Care Card or BC Gold Care Card
• A Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form SDES8
• A Social Insurance Card issued by Human Resources Development Canada
• A Citizenship Card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
• A real property tax notice
• A credit or debit card
• Utility bill issued for the supply of electricity, natural gas, water, telephone or cable services
• Firearms Acquisition Card
• Or provide evidence satisfactory to the Election Official

Driver’s Licence and Medical Services Plan that are on one card is considered one piece of ID.

LIST OF REGISTERED ELECTORS:

Beginning Tuesday, October 12, 2021, until Friday, November 26, 2021, a copy of the list of registered electors (voter’s list) will be available for public inspection at Comox Town Hall, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays). The list will also be available at the voting location during voting hours. Prior to inspecting the list, a person must sign a statement that they will not inspect the list or use the information except for the purposes of Part 3 – Electors and Elections of the Local Government Act. An elector may request that the Chief Election Officer omit from or obscure on the list of electors, their address or other information of the elector. Submit your written request to the Chief or Deputy Chief Election Officer before October 5, 2021.

OBJECTION TO REGISTRATION OF AN ELECTOR:

An objection to the registration of a person whose name appears on the list of registered electors may be made in accordance with the Local Government Act before 4:00 p.m., Friday, October 22, 2022.

An objection must be in writing, may only be made by a person entitled to be registered as an elector of the Town of Comox, and can only be made on the basis that the person whose name appears has died or is not qualified to be registered as an elector of the Town of Comox.

CURBSIDE VOTING:

Curbside Voting will be offered on General Voting Day (Saturday, November 27, 2021) for those voters who come to the voting place to vote but are unable to enter the voting place because of a physical disability or impaired mobility. Voters can also request a mail ballot voting package if they are unable to enter the voting place.

COUNTING THE BALLOTS:

Voters mark a paper ballot that is processed through an electronic vote tabulator that counts the voters cast for each candidate. Election results are generated by the electronic vote tabulators and the paper ballots are retained in the event that a recount is required. Final results will be available on the Town’s website after the polls are closed on General Voting Day.


For further information, please contact the Chief or Deputy Chief Election Officer by calling 250.339.2202 or email elections@comox.ca.

Shelly Russwurm, Chief Election Officer

Lia Pesklevits, Deputy Chief Election Officer