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Elections

Voting Dates and Times

General Local Election - Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Merritt Civic Centre from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Advance Voting - Wednesday, October 10, 2018 and Wednesday, October 17, 2018 in the community room at City Hall from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Special Voting -  October 18, 2018.  Special opportunities will be set up for residents and patients of the following facilities:

  • The Florentine (9:00am to 11:00am)
  • Nicola Meadows (11:30am to 1:30pm)
  • Gillis House (2:00pm to 4:00pm)
  • Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre (TBD)

Candidates Running for Office in the 2018 General Local Election

Mayor

  • Linda A. Brown
  • Neil Menard
  • Susan Roline

Council

  • Catherine Belliveau
  • Mike Bhangu
  • Kurt Christopherson
  • Adam Etchart
  • Travis Fehr
  • Tony Luck
  • Elijah Mack
  • Emma Martin
  • Ginny Prowal
  • Suzanne Saumure
  • Melvina White

Each candidate has provided a candidate profile to let citizens know who they are, what they stand for, and to provide contact information.

The following three candidates have been elected by acclamation as School Trustees to the Board of School District No. 58 (Nicola - Similkameen):

  • John Chenoweth
  • Brian Jepsen
  • Gordon Swan

Voter Eligibility

In order to be eligible to vote in the City of Merritt as a resident or non-resident property elector, a person must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older before registering to vote;
  • Be a Canadian citizen;
  • Have been a resident of B. C. for at least six months before registering to vote;
  • Have either lived or owned property in the City of Merritt for at least 30 days before they register to vote, and
  • Not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, or by law from voting in a local election

Voting rights are granted to citizens based on residency or property ownership. There is no corporate or business vote in local elections.

The City of Merritt uses same day voter registration.  As such, all electors, whether resident or non-resident are required to bring 2 pieces of identification (at least 1 with a signature) on the day of voting. Examples include a driver’s license, passport, SIN, care card, property tax notice, utility bill, or a credit card.

Non-Resident Property Electors

When a person lives elsewhere but owns property in the City of Merritt, they may vote in the City of Merritt on the following conditions and as long as they meet the voter eligibility requirements:

  • If a person owns a property with one or more other individuals, only one person is eligible to vote as the non-resident property elector for that property. The owner entitled to vote must be designated, in writing, by the majority of the property owners.  Click here for a copy of a Non-Resident Property Elector Consent Form.
  • In addition to the consent form and 2 pieces of identification, non-resident property electors must also bring proof of ownership of property (such as property tax notice, assessment notice or certificate of title) and a non-resident property elector registration form.  
  • A person 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.

General Local Election Information

Qualified Electors of the City of Merritt will elect the following positions for the four (4) year term ending in October 2022:
• (1) Mayor
• (6) Councillors

The City's election is conducted under the legislation provided through the Province of British Columbia. For more information on the legislation, proceedings or voter’s guide in various languages, please go to:  https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/local-governments/governa...

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has also published guidelines for posting election signs on highway rights-of-way.  The guidelines are outlined on the MOTI website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/transportation-infrast....

Contact Information

If you, as a member of the public or as a candidate, have any questions about the upcoming election, please feel free to contact the following individuals:

Sean Smith
Chief Election Officer
City of Merritt
ssmith@merritt.ca
250-378-8634

Carole Fraser
Deputy Chief Election Officer
City of Merritt
cfraser@merritt.ca
250-378-8614