Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I register to vote?
You are already registered to vote if your name is on the list of registered electors (voters list). The Town of Creston uses the Provincial Voters list. You will not be required to show identification in order to receive a ballot when your name appears on the list of registered electors. If you are unsure if you are on the Provincial Voters list, contact Town of Creston election staff to check. Alternately, you may register at at the advance and general voting opportunities. You must provide two separate pieces of identification (the BC Services Card when combined with a Driver’s Licence is considered one piece of identification) that proves your identity and where you live – one piece of identification must include your signature.
Q: How do non-resident property owners register to vote?
You may register to vote with the Town of Creston, if you own property within the municipality during advance registration, or at the time of voting. You must provide two separate pieces of identification (the BC Services Card when combined with a Driver’s Licence is considered one piece of identification) that proves your identity and where you live – one piece of identification must include your signature. You must also provide the address or legal description and the title (or other proof of ownership) for the property you own. You must also demonstrate that you have the written consent of the majority of all owners to vote as the non-resident property elector when you own a property with another person(s).
Q: I live in one jurisdiction and attend school in a different one – can I vote in both places?
No. You can only vote in one jurisdiction when you live away from your usual place of residence to attend an educational institution. You may choose to vote either where you attend school or your usual place of residence.
Q: I live in one jurisdiction and work for extended periods of time in a different one – can I vote in both places?
No. You can only vote in one jurisdiction when you live away from your usual place of residence and work for extended periods of time in another jurisdiction. You must vote in the jurisdiction where you maintain your usual place of residence.
Q: Who cannot vote in local elections?
You cannot vote in local elections (as either a resident or non-resident property elector) when you have been convicted and sentenced for an indictable offense, have been found guilty of an election offence, such as intimidation or vote-buying; or, do not otherwise meet voter eligibility.
Q: I own a property in a jurisdiction with someone else, and neither of lives on the property can both of us vote?
No. Only one non-resident property elector may vote per property. When you own a property with another person, the majority of owners must designate, in writing, that that one owner is authorized to vote as the non-resident property elector for that property. No one is eligible to vote in relation to property owned through or in conjunction with a corporation.
Q: I own a property in a jurisdiction with someone else and that person is living in the house – can both of us vote?
Yes. The person living in the house may vote as a resident elector because they live within the jurisdiction. You are also eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector when you have owned the property for at least 30 days, immediately before registering to vote.
Q: I own a company – do I get an extra vote in a local election?
No. There is no corporate of business vote in local elections. Voting rights are granted to citizens based on residency and property ownership. You cannot vote on behalf of a corporation, or as a non-resident property elector based on a property owned wholly or in part by a corporation.
Have other questions?
- For general questions about the Town of Creston Municipal Election contact Town of Creston Election Staff by email at email@example.com or by phone at 250 428-2214 (210).
- For questions about legislation contact Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Governance and Structure Branch by email at LGgovernance@gov.bc.ca or by phone at 250 387-4020
- For questions about election advertising, third part sponsors and campaign financing disclosure contact Elections BC by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-800-661-8683