Who Can Vote

Qualifications Of Electors

To vote in a local government election, a person must meet the following requirements:

  • be a resident elector or non-resident property elector at the time of voting;
  • not be disqualified by the Local Government Act or other Act; and
  • be registered as an elector of the jurisdiction.

A person is disqualified as an elector if that person falls under any of the following:

  • are under sentence for an indictable offence, and are not in custody or in prison;
  • is involuntarily confined to a psychiatric or other institution as a result of being acquitted of or found not criminally responsible for an offence under the Criminal code on account of mental disorder; or
  • been found guilty of an elections offence, such as double voting or buying votes, and are prohibited from holding office.

***** The corporate vote was eliminated in 1993 *****

Qualification of Resident Electors 

To qualify as a resident elector a person must meet all the following criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older on or before general voting day;
  • Canadian citizen;
  • Resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before general election day;
  • Resident of the jurisdiction for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
  • Not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other Act from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Criteria for Determining Residency

To determine residency for a resident elector the criteria are as follows:

  • Person is a resident of the area where the person lives and to which, whenever absent, the person intends to return;
  • Person may only be a resident of one area at a time for the purpose of voting in a local government election;
  • Person does not change their area of residence until they have a new area of residence;
  • Person does not cease to be a resident of an area by leaving the area for temporary purposes only.

If a person establishes residency in a new area which is away from their usual area of residence for the purpose of attending an educational institution in the new area, the person may choose to vote in either area, but not in both.

Qualification of Non-Resident Property Electors 

The qualifications for non-resident property electors are:

  • 18 years of age or older on or before general voting day;
  • Canadian citizen;
  • Resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before general election day;
  • Registered owner of “real property” (real property being land with or without improvements) in the jurisdiction for at least 30 days immediately before general election day;
  • Must not be eligible to register as a resident elector in the jurisdiction;
  • Must only register in relation to one piece of property; and
  • If more than one person owns the property, only one owner may register and that person must have the written consent of a majority of the other owners.

***** Non-Resident Electors “Certificate” was eliminated in 2008 *****

ID Required to Register at Time of Voting

If you are not currently on the List of Electors, you will be required to produce to the election official at least 2 documents that provide evidence of the applicant's identity and place of residence (at least one of which must contain the applicant's signature) or at least 2 documents that provide evidence of the applicant's identity (at least one of which must contain the applicant's signature) and make a solemn declaration as to the applicant's place of residence.

You will be required to make a declaration that you meet the following requirements:

  • You are 18 years of age or older
  • You are a Canadian Citizen
  • You have been a resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately preceding the day or registration
  • You have been a resident of the City of penticton for at least 30 days immediately preceding the day of registration
  • You are not otherwise disqualified by law from voting

You will also be required to provide your birth date or the last 6 digits of your social insurance number.