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Next Local By-Election
Saturday, April 20, 2024

There will be a local By-election for the City of Merritt on Saturday, April 20, 2024. By-elections in B.C. are held between general local elections to fill a vacancy. As of July 2023, the City has a vacancy for one City Councillor. By-elections differ from General Local Elections that are held every four years. The term for the current City Council (elected October 2022) ends in November 2026.  The upcoming By-Election will elect One (1) City Councillor with the term ending in November 2026.

Are you interested in serving in Public Office?

A candidate information package will be available on this webpage and at City Hall starting Wednesday, February 28, 2024.

Submissions will be accepted at City Hall during regular office hours Tuesday to Friday, from

Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at 9:00 am, to Friday, March 15, 2024 at 4:00 pm (excluding statutory holidays and weekends).

Submissions must be accepted and signed off in person by the Chief or Deputy Chief Elections Officer. While the Elections Officer will most likely be available during opening hours, candidates are also invited to book appointments by calling Linda Brick, Director of Corporate Services, at 250.378.8634 to ensure availability.

Candidate Information

All candidates in local general and by-elections must abide by the campaign financing and election advertising rules under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, which include campaign period expense limits, contribution limits, election advertising rules and disclosure rules. Elections BC administers these registration rules and can provide more detailed information.  The information below outlines Candidate requirements, as they pertain to the City of Merritt. Click the following the expand the information.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE

A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a member of the City of Merritt Council if they meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day (April 20, 2024);
  • Canadian citizen;
  • Resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and,
  • Not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in BC or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding the office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

CAMPAIGN PERIOD | CANDIDATE + THIRD-PARTY ADVERTISING EXPENSE LIMITS

In accordance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, for the 2024 By-election, the following expense limits apply in the City of Merritt by-election area during the campaign period March 23, 2024 to April 20, 2024 for:

APPLIES TO

COUNCILLOR

Candidates                                $5,398.52
Third-Party Advertising Sponsors                                   $809.84

For further information on campaign period expense limits and third-party advertising limits, contact Elections BC:
1.800.661.8683
Email: electoral.finance@elections.bc.ca
Website: elections.bc.ca

LIST OF REGISTERED ELECTORS

Beginning Tuesday, March 5, 2024 until the close of general voting for the by-election on Saturday, April 20, 2024, a copy of the list of registered electors will be available for public inspection during regular office hours at the City of Merritt Municipal Hall, 2185 Voght Street from 8:00 am to 5:45 pm, Tuesday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.

Before 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.

OBJECTION TO REGISTRATION OF AN ELECTOR

Any objection to the registration of a person whose name appears on the list of registered electors must be made in writing by a person eligible to be registered as an elector and submitted to the Chief Election Officer before 4:00 pm on Friday, March 15, 2024.

Objections can only be made on the basis that the person whose name appears on the list of electors is deceased or is not qualified to be registered as an elector of the City of Merritt.

REQUEST TO OMIT OR OBSCURE PERSONAL INFORMATION

An elector may request that their address or other information about them be omitted from, or obscured on, the list of electors. Upon request, the Chief Election Officer will amend the list, which is available to the public and candidates. Submit your written request to the Chief Election Officer before February 27, 2024.

SIGNAGE RULES

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.

The City of Merritt also has a Signs Bylaw.

SUBMIT NOMINATIONS

Submit Nominations

For those wishing to run for office in the April 20, 2024 City of Merritt By-election, a Nomination Pack will be available at City Hall during regular office hours or online on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.  Submissions will be accepted from 9:00 am, Tuesday, March 5, 2024, to 4:00 pm Friday, March 15, 2024 (excluding statutory holidays and weekends).

City of Merritt Municipal Hall
PO Box 189, 2185 Voght Street, Merritt, BC V1K 1B8
or by email to: info@merritt.ca*
by 4:00PM, Friday, March 15, 2024

*Note that originals of emailed nomination documents must be received by the Chief Election Officer by 4 pm, Friday, March 22, 2024

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT: Candidates should call 250.378.8634 to make an appointment with the Chief Election Officer to submit your nomination papers.

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For other questions, contact the City’s Chief Elections Officer: Linda Brick  |   linda.brick@merritt.ca   |   250.378.8634
or Deputy Chief Election Officer: Twyla Slonski   |  twyla.slonski@merritt.ca    |   250.378.4224
info@merritt.ca

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Voter Information

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.

VOTER | ELECTOR QUALIFICATIONS

Are you eligible to vote in the April By-Election for Councillor?

RESIDENT ELECTORS:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day (April 20, 2024);
  • Canadian citizen;
  • Resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration;
  • Resident of the City of Merritt; and,
  • Not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY ELECTORS

Are you eligible to vote in the April By-Election for Councillor?

NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY ELECTORS:

  • Not entitled to register as a resident elector of the City of Merritt;
  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • Canadian citizen;
  • Resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration;
  • Registered owner of real property in the City of Merritt for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration;
  • Not holding the property in trust for a corporation or any other trust; and,
  • Not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

If there is more than one registered owner of the property, you must be the owner who has the written consent of the majority of owners to register as the non-resident property elector (only one permitted per property).

A Non-resident Property Elector may only vote once in the City of Merritt, regardless of the number of properties that they may own.

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.

Non-resident Registration and Consent forms are available at the Municipal Hall. 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.

Non-resident property owners are strongly encouraged to register in advance due to the specific information required for a complete registration. Please contact the Chief Election Officer for detailed information.

ADVANCE ELECTOR REGISTRATION

Is your name on the current list of electors? Voters listed on the Elections BC Voters List as Merritt residents do not need to re-register. Visit elections.bc.ca to check or update your registration, or to register as a new voter in BC. Advance elector registrations will be accepted at the City of Merritt Municipal Hall until 4:00 pm, Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Except for new registrations in conjunction with voting, elector registrations will not be accepted during the period of February 28, 2024, to April 21, 2024.

Electors wishing to register for the first time must do so at time of voting and produce two pieces of identification that provide evidence of the applicant’s identity and place of residence, one of which must include the applicant’s signature or alternately, provide two pieces of identification verifying identity in addition to making a solemn declaration as to the applicant’s place of residence. Visit merritt.ca for a complete list of acceptable identification. Additional documentation (evidence of ownership) is required to register as a Non-resident Property Elector.

MAIL BALLOT VOTING

Mail ballot voting will be available to voters. In order to receive a mail ballot package you must first complete a Mail Ballot Application available online at merritt.ca or in person at the City of Merritt Municipal Hall. If you are not able to pick up a mail ballot package, please have your application to the Chief Election Officer by March 26, 2024 to allow sufficient time for a package to be mailed.

Mail ballot packages will be sent out on or about March 28, 2024. To be counted, mail ballots must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8:00 pm on Saturday, April 20, 2024.

CITY OF MERRITT BY-ELECTION  | SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2024

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City of Merritt Municipal Hall
PO Box 189, 2185 Voght Street, Merritt, BC V1K 1B8
E: info@merritt.ca
Chief Elections Officer: Linda Brick  |   linda.brick@merritt.ca   |   250.378.8634
Deputy Chief Election Officer: Twyla Slonski   |  twyla.slonski@merritt.ca    |   250.378.4224

 

QUICK REFERENCE  |  KEY DATES:*

  • Omit or Obscure Personal Information Deadline: Tuesday, February 27, 2024
  • Advance Elector Registration: Tuesday, February 27, 2024
  • Nomination Information Package Availability: Wednesday, February 28, 2024 (link to be provided)
  • List of Registered Electors Availability: starting Tuesday, March 5, 2024
  • Objection to Registration of Registered Elector deadline: Friday, March 15, 2024
  • Originals of Emailed Nomination Submissions: Friday, March 15, 2024
  • Nomination Package Submission Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2024
  • Mail ballot voting deadline: Tuesday, March 26, 2024
  • By-Election: Saturday, April 20, 2024
*Reference the previous content for details around these dates.

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