The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) will hold the next General Local Election on October 20, 2018.
General Voting Day will be held at the Whistler Conference Centre from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The election will fill the positions of Mayor, six Councillors and two school trustees.
Information for voters
Voters can confirm eligibility to vote in just a few clicks using the online voter guide. The online tool simplifies the voting process and helps users determine if they are eligible to vote and the available voting options and dates. The online voter guide is available at whistler.ca/voter-information.
In order to vote in the Whistler municipal election you must either live within the RMOW, or own property in the RMOW, but live elsewhere in British Columbia. You must be a Canadian citizen to vote.
Voters are reminded that in addition to General Voting Day on Saturday, October 20, 2018, there are two Advance Voting Days and Mail Ballot Voting options. Advance Voting is available at Whistler Public Library on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 and at Municipal Hall on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Mail ballot information and application forms will be available online from August 20, 2018. The only electors who may be permitted to vote by mail ballot are:
- persons who have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity, and
- persons who expect to be absent from the municipality on General Voting Day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities.
The RMOW uses the Provincial Voters List for its list of resident electors. Visit the Elections BC website to register. If you own property in Whistler, but live elsewhere in B.C., you may visit Municipal Hall during regular business hours or call 604-932-5535 to confirm whether you are already on the Non-Resident Property Electors list.
Information for candidates
Candidate nomination package information is available now and can be accessed online at whistler.ca/candidates or in person from the Municipal Hall customer service desk during regular business hours. Nominations will be accepted for a ten day period, beginning at 9 a.m. on September 4, 2018 and ending at 4 p.m. on September 14, 2018.
The nomination period is the only time that the Chief Election Officer, or designate, is permitted to accept nomination papers. The Chief Election Officer is available by appointment to review and discuss questions related to the election process and nomination packages. Appointments are encouraged and can be scheduled by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting Municipal Hall at 604-932-5535 and asking to speak to the Chief Election Officer.
A person is qualified to be nominated, elected and to hold office as a member of local government if they meet all of the following criteria:
- Canadian citizen;
- 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day – October 20, 2018;
- resident of British Columbia for at least six 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 B.C. or from being nominated for, being elected to or holding the office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.
Further polling day details and information for voters and candidates is available at whistler.ca/elections