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GENERAL VOTING

There will be two voting opportunities on general voting day:  The Municipal Hall (1903 Mt. Newton Cross Road) and the Central Saanich Cultural Centre (1209 Clarke Road).  Voting hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.


QUALIFICATIONS TO VOTE

At the time of registration, a resident elector must:

- Produce two pieces of identification (one with the residential address and one with the elector’s signature).
- Be at least 18 years of age on Saturday, November 15, 2008.
- Be a Canadian citizen.
- Have resided in BC for at least six months prior to registration.
- Have resided in the District of Central Saanich for 30 days prior to registration.

A person is disqualified as an elector if:

- He/she has not completed a sentence for an indictable offence, unless that person is released on probation or parole and is not in custody.
- He/she 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 a mental disorder.
- He/she has been found guilty of an election-related offence.
- Non-Resident Property Elector

A non-resident property elector (NRPE) must meet the same requirements as a resident elector except that instead of being a resident of the District for 30 days prior to registration, the person must be the registered owner of real property in the District for at least 30 days prior to registration.  A property elector may not register as both a resident elector and a NRPE.  A person may only register as a NRPE in relation to only one parcel of real property in the District.  If more than one individual is registered as an owner, only one of them may register as a NRPE for that property.  To register, that person must present written consent of the majority of registered owners.

For certainty, corporations are not entitled to register as NRPE.  If there are multiple owners of a single property, and one or more of those owners is a corporation, then all the owners of the property are ineligible to register as a NPRE.


ADVANCED VOTING

Two advance voting opportunities will be available on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, and Wednesday, November 12, 2008, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Both of these advance voting opportunities will be held at the Municipal Hall.

In order to vote at an advance voting opportunity, the elector must sign a statement declaring:

- The elector expects to be absent from the District on general voting day.
- The elector, for reasons of conscience, will be unable to vote on general voting day.
- The elector will be unable to attend the voting places on general voting day for reasons beyond his/her control.
- The elector has a physical disability or is a person whose mobility is impaired.
- The elector is a candidate or candidate representative.
- The elector is an election official.


MAIL BALLOT VOTING

Mail ballot voting is available for the 2008 local government election.  In order to qualify for mail ballot voting, the elector must provide that they:

- have a physical disability, illness, or injury that affects his or her ability to vote at another voting opportunity; or,
- expect to be absent from the District on general voting day (November 15, 2008) and at the times of all advance voting opportunities (November 5 & 12, 2008).

An elector must apply in writing by providing their name and address to the Chief Election Officer between 8:30 a.m. on October 29, 2008, and 4:00 p.m. on November 13, 2008.  The Chief Election Officer will then provide a mail ballot package containing all the ballots, forms, envelopes and other documents required under the Local Government Act. 

An elector’s mail ballot must be mailed or delivered to the Chief Election Officer at the address specified on the outer envelope provided in the mail ballot package by the close of voting on general voting day (8:00 p.m. on November 15, 2008) in order to be counted for the election.


MOBILE VOTING

Mobile voting will be available for the 2008 local government election. The following four hospitals and care facilities will have special voting opportunities:

- Brentwood House;
- Island View Place;
- Legion Manner; and,
- Saanich Peninsula Hospital.

The date and time will be established closure to general voting day (November 15, 2008) and will be provided to each of the care facilities well in advance of the special voting opportunity.

The only electors who may vote at one of the four special voting opportunities are electors who have been admitted as patients.


CHIEF ELECTIONS OFFICER

If you have any further questions please visit http://www.centralsaanich.ca/hall/Departments/Administration/election.htm or contact the Chief Elections Officer:

Sara C. Ribeiro
(250) 544-4202
Sara.Ribeiro@csaanich.ca