Voter Information

Voter eligibility for local government elections, by-elections, referendums and alternative approval processes is determined by Elections BC.  The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives Canadian citizens the right to vote. The Village of Pemberton uses voting day registration, which means eligible voters are simply required to prove who they are at the time of voting to participate (see "Registering to Vote" below).

Voter Eligibility - Who Can Vote?

Elections BC is the custodian of that right on behalf of B.C. voters. You are eligible to vote in the Village of Pemberton as a Resident Elector if you:

  • are 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • have lived in British Columbia for at least six months immediately before you register to vote;
  • have lived in the Village of Pemberton for at least 30 days immediately before you register to vote; and
  • are not disqualified by the Local Government Act, or any other Act, or the Courts from voting in a local election.

You do not need to own property to vote as a Resident Elector.

Landed immigrants and corporations are not eligible to vote.

Assistance with Voting and Curbside Voting at the Voting Place

If you are unable to mark, read or translate your ballot, an election official, friend or relative may assist you, after making a solemn declaration to not influence you and to keep your vote secret.

If you can travel to the voting place (Village Office or Pemberton Community Centre), but find it difficult to get out of your car and into the building, you may request 'curb side' voting and election officials will bring your ballot to you! Send someone into the Voting Place, or call 604-894-6135 to request 'curb side voting' when you arrive to vote.

Mark the ballot by placing an (X) next to the name of the candidate you wish to vote for. If you spoil your ballot inadvertently, ask an election official for a new ballot. After marking your ballot, fold the ballot and place it in the ballot boxes which will be located in the Voting Place.

Non-Resident Voter Elector Information

You are eligible to vote in the Village of Pemberton as a Non-Resident Property Elector if you are not eligible to register as a Resident Elector and you:

  • are 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • have lived in British Columbia for at least six months immediately before you register to vote;
  • have owned property in the Village of Pemberton for at least 30 days immediately before you register to vote; and
  • are not disqualified by the Local Government Act , or any other Act, or the Courts from voting in a local election.

You may only register in relation to one piece of property. If more than one person owns the property, only one of the owners may register and that person must have the written consent of the majority of the owners. If you own the property with a corporation, none of the owners of the property are eligible to vote. In accordance with the Local Government Act, the only persons who are registered owners, either as joint tenants or tenants in common, are individuals who are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust.

How do you know if you are a resident of, or if the property you own is within the boundaries of, the Village of Pemberton?

Many area residents have a Village of Pemberton postal address but are actually located within an electoral area of the Squamish Lillooet Regional District (SLRD).  One test is, to whom do you pay your property taxes, the Village or the Province of BC? You can also check the Village of Pemberton Boundary Map and the Village of Pemberton Street Names List, or call the Village Office to confirm. If you are a SRLD resident, you will not be eligible to vote in the Village of Pemberton 2015 By-Election.

Registering to Vote

Voting Day Registration

Registration of all electors for voting will take place at time of voting.  You will be required to make a declaration that you meet the following requirements:

  • are 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • have lived in British Columbia for at least six months immediately before you register to vote;
  • have lived in the Village of Pemberton for at least 30 days immediately before you register to vote; and
  • are not disqualified by the Local Government Act, or any other Act, or the Courts from voting in a local election

To register, you must bring at least two documents that prove who you are (BC Driver's Licence, BC ID, Care Card, SIN card, Citizenship Card, bank credit or debit card) and where you live (telephone, hydro, or gas bill, property tax document); one of these documents must contain your signature. The acceptable classes of documents that election officials may accept as evidence to identify electors are established by the Province in Local Government Elections Regulation 380/93, Section 3 Click here to view these regulations.

Non-Resident Property Electors must also bring evidence of ownership (recent Land Title Certificate) and a Consent form signed by a majority of owners. Contact staff at the Village Office for the required forms in advance of voting day.  Please note, forms will be available at the time of voter registration but will only be accepted if signed by a majority of owners, unsigned or incomplete forms will not be accepted.

For more information, view the Voters Guide to Local Elections in BC

General Municipal Election Contacts

Chief Election Officer
Sheena Fraser, Corporate Officer
Office Hours Telephone: 604-894-6135 ext 228
Email Sheena