Elections

Local government elections in British Columbia are held every four years. District of Sooke residents can vote for one Mayor, six Councillors, and three school district trustees for four-year terms on Saturday, October 15, 2022. Vote by mail and advance voting opportunities will be available.

The nomination period for candidates is Wednesday, August 30 at 9:00 a.m. to Friday, September 9 at 4:00 p.m.

Elections Office Contact

Chief Election Officer, Sarah Temple
Email: stemple@sooke.ca
Phone: (250) 642-1616
Deputy Chief Election Officer, Carolyn Mushata
Email: cmushata@sooke.ca
Phone: (250) 642-1607

What You Need to Know

Voter Information

Register to Vote

The District uses Election BC’s provincial voters list as the official list of registered electors for its local government election.

You can use Election BC’s online voter registration system to register to vote or update your information until July 13, 2022. Any changes to the Provincial Voter’s List after July 13th may not be reflected in the list used on voting days. Voters may be required to register again on site.

From July 13th to August 23, 2022, voters may register  at the District of Sooke Municipal Hall at 2205 Otter Point Road.

Non-resident electors may register to vote by contacting the Chief Election Officer. Day-of registration for non-resident voters is possible, however if there are multiple property owners, additional paperwork is required to be signed by all owners.

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can register now to be automatically added to the voters list when you turn 18.


Key Dates for Voters

  • Thursday, April 14 – Last day to meet 6-month British Columbia residency requirement before General Voting Day (October 15)
  • Tuesday, August 2 – First day to request omission of personal information from the Voters List
  • Tuesday, August 23 – Last day to request omission of personal information from the Voters List
  • Wednesday, September 14 – Last day to meet 30-day District property ownership requirement for non-resident property electors before General Voting Day
  • Wednesday, October 5 – Advance voting opportunity
  • Wednesday, October 12 – Advance voting opportunity
  • Saturday, October 15 – General voting day and declaration of unofficial results
  • Wednesday, October 19 at 4:00 p.m. – Declaration of official results

Ways to Vote

Your vote is important. Here are the options for making voting easy and convenient:

Vote on general voting day

General voting day is Saturday, October 15, 2022 at:

  • Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Road
  • Open 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Vote in advance

There are two days of advance voting at Council Chambers, 2225 Otter Point Road, Sooke BC:

  • Wednesday, October 5, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 12, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Vote by mail

Any voter can apply to vote by mail.

Ballots will be available beginning on October 5, 2022 and must be returned to the Chief Election Officer before end of voting on October 15. Additional information on voting by mail will be made available on this page. Please contact the Chief Election Officer for more information.

Curbside voting

If you can travel to a voting place but find it difficult to get into the building, an election official will bring you a ballot. Curbside voting will be available at all voting places.


Voter Identification

To register to vote as a resident elector at the time of voting you will need two of the following identification documents showing residency and identity and one must contain a signature.

  • BC Driver’s Licence*
  • BC Identification Card
  • BC Services Card*
  • ICBC Registration
  • Citizenship Card
  • Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • property tax notice
  • credit card or debit card
  • utility bill

*if you have a combined BC Driver’s Licence and Service Card, it counts as only one piece of identification.

To register as a non-resident property elector at the time of voting you will need proof of property ownership and identification:

  • property tax notice/certificate
  • property assessment notice from BC Assessment
  • State of Title Certificate
  • Title Search
  • Certificate of Indefeasible Title
  • If applicable, written consent of a majority of the registered owners on title
  • Two pieces of identification as listed above for resident electors
Candidate Information

Key Dates for Candidates

  • Tuesday, March 8 – Last day to meet 6-month BC residency requirement for candidates submitting nominations on September 9
  • *Tentative* August 11 – Candidate Information meeting
  • Tuesday, August 30 at 9 a.m. – Nomination period starts
  • Friday, September 9 at 4 p.m. – Nomination period ends
  • Friday, September 16 – Last day to withdraw as a candidate
  • Saturday, September 17 – Election campaign period starts
  • Saturday, October 15 – General voting day and declaration of unofficial results
  • Wednesday, October 19 – Declaration of official results
  • Friday, January 18, 2023 – Deadline to file campaign financing disclosure statements to Elections BC

Candidate Eligibility

All candidates must be nominated by 2 eligible electors and declared a candidate by the Chief Election Officer.

Candidate Resources

Election sign regulations

Election signs are defined as “a temporary sign promoting a candidate or political party for election to public office.” Election signs do not require a permit; however, the sign must be removed within three days after the election. Election signs placed along Highway 14 are subject to additional restrictions, see: www.gov.bc.ca/electionsigns.

Read the District of Sooke Sign Regulation Bylaw >>


General Information

Election Work Opportunities

Interested in an employment opportunity for the 2022 election?

Please email the Chief Election Officer at stemple@sooke.ca


Election Administration

Municipal Responsibilities

The District is responsible for conducting its own local election. The District also conducts school trustee elections on behalf of the Sooke District 62 Board.

Council appoints a Chief Election Officer to ensure the process is run in accordance with the Local Government Act and the General Local Elections Regulation Bylaw.

Provincial Responsibilities

Elections BC is responsible for managing campaign financing disclosure requirements and maintains the voter list for voter registration and information updates.


Resources


Election Results

The last general election was held on October 20, 2018, to elect the mayor, council and school trustees.