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Elections

General Local Election – The next General Local Election will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2022

It is anticipated that a candidate information package will be available in June, 2022.

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

At the next General Local Election, Qualified Electors of the City of Merritt will elect the following positions for the four (4) year term ending in October 2026:

• (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