2021 By-Election Mail Ballot Voting Information

1. WHO CAN VOTE BY MAIL? 

On Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, the City of Nelson will hold the general local by-election for a vacant Councillor seat. 

All eligible electors are permitted and encouraged to vote by mail due to COVID-19. 

*** Completed applications must be received by City Election staff no later than 4pm on March 10, 2021 to receive a mail ballot ***

*** Completed mail ballots must be received at City Hall (whether by post or in-person) by 4:00pm PST on Friday, March 26th, 2021***

 OR 

***You can drop off your mail ballot in-person on General Voting Day on Saturday, March 27th, 2021 by 8:00pm PST at the Prestige Lakeside Resort at 701 Lakeside Drive.***

2. WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE? 

You are allowed to vote if you are registered as: 

  • a resident elector (i.e., you live in the City of Nelson), OR
  • a non-resident property elector (i.e. you live elsewhere in BC but own property in the City of Nelson).

Qualifying as an Elector:

Resident Electors must meet all of the following conditions:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the by-election; 
  • a Canadian citizen; 
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; 
  • a resident of the City of Nelson for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

Non-Resident Property Electors must meet all of the following conditions:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the by-election;
  • a Canadian citizen; 
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; 
  • a registered owner of real property in the City of Nelson for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration;
  • not entitled to register as a resident elector;
  • the only persons who are registered owners of the real property are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust; 
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law; and
  • if there is more than one registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector.

3. HOW DO YOU REGISTER TO VOTE?

If you are not already registered to vote and would like to vote by mail ballot, you will be able to register by completing a Declaration of Identity Form included in the mail ballot package. If you are not sure if you are registered or not, you can contact the City Election Staff to find out. 

4. HOW DO YOU REQUEST A MAIL BALLOT PACKAGE?

To vote by mail ballot, you must request a mail ballot package by completing the Application and submitting a signed copy to the City's Election Staff by following the instruction on the form. Applications must be received no later than 4pm on March 10, 2021.