Municipal Elections

City of Fernie Notice of Election

Your vote impacts the Election outcome and thereby shapes your community. Elected Officials make decisions which directly affect your everyday life: from the parks and recreation facilities where you play with your family, to the trails and roads you use on your daily commute to where you work and socialize.

Voters in Fernie will vote for:

  • 1 Mayor
  • 6 Councillors
  • 1 School Trustee (Acclaimed) 

Candiates

 MAYOR – One (1) to be elected 

Surname

Usual Names

Address

GIULIANO

QUALIZZA

SWITZER

Mary

Ange

Sharon

Fernie, BC

1122 12 Avenue, Fernie, BC

1392 12 Avenue, Fernie, BC

 COUNCILLOR – Six (6) to be elected 

Surname

Usual Names

Address

BARNES

HAMILTON

IDDON

KALLIES

KELLY

MCISAAC

Greg

Kyle

Phil

Steve

Tracey

Kevin

27 Mt. Trinity Avenue, Fernie, BC

Fernie, BC

14 Mt. Proctor Avenue, Fernie, BC

195 Ridgemont Lane, Fernie, BC

Fernie, BC

Fernie, BC

MCSKIMMING

Dan

Fernie, BC

NEWLAND

NIXON

PREST

Scott

Troy

Yvonne Marie

Fernie, BC

791 5 Avenue, Fernie, BC

Fernie, BC

PULSIFER

Morgan

101 2 Avenue, Fernie, BC

WARSHAWSKY

Joe

1122 9 Avenue, Fernie, BC

VOTING DATES AND LOCATIONS

GENERAL VOTING will be open to qualified electors of the City of Fernie on:

Saturday, October 20, 2018
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Senior Citizens Drop in Centre (562 3rd Avenue, Fernie BC)

ADVANCE VOTING will be available to qualified electors as follows:

Wednesday October 10, 2018 and Wednesday October 17, 2018
8:00 am - 8:00 pm 
Senior Citizens Drop in Centre (562 3rd Avenue, Fernie BC)

Friday, October 19, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rocky Mountain Village (55 Cokato Road, Fernie BC)

A SPECIAL VOTING OPPORTUNITY will be available to qualified electors who are admitted patients or facility residents only:

Friday, October 19, 2018
Elk Valley Hospital, 9:00 to 9:30 am, 1501 5th Avenue, Fernie BC
Trinity Lodge, 10:00 to 11:00 am, 1101 5th Avenue, Fernie BC
Tom Uphill Manor, 11:30 am to 12:30 PM, 1301 4th Avenue, Fernie BC

ELECTOR REGISTRATION

There is no need to pre-register to vote, as the registration of all electors for this election will take place at the time of voting. You will be required to make a declaration that you meet the following requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  • Canadian citizen
  • resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately preceding the day of registration
  • resident of OR registered owner of real property in the City of Fernie for at least 30 days immediately preceding the day of registration, and
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

 Resident electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity.

Non-resident property electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity, proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property, and, if there is more than one owner of the property, written consent from the majority of the property owners.

MAIL BALLOT VOTING 

Qualified electors may vote by mail if they:

  •  have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity, OR
  • expect to be absent from the City of Fernie on general voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities.

 REQUESTING A MAIL BALLOT PACKAGE:

Before 4 pm on October 18, 2018 you must submit the following information to the Chief Election Officer’s office in Fernie by email (chiefelectionofficer@fernie.ca), mail (Fernie City Hall, Box 190, Fernie, BC V0B 1M0), telephone (250-423-2255), or fax (250-423-3034):

1.  Full name,

2.  Residential address,

3.  Address of the property in relation to which you are voting (for non-resident property electors),

4.  Method of delivery of your mail ballot package:

(a) pick up at City Hall in Fernie, OR

(b) regular lettermail through Canada Post to residential address, OR

(c) regular lettermail through Canada Post to an alternate address that you provide when requesting the ballot package,

5.  To ensure you receive the correct registration application form in your package, you must indicate whether you are going to be registering as a resident or non-resident property elector.

Mail ballot packages will be sent out commencing on or about October 1, 2018.To be counted, the Chief Election Officer must receive your mail ballot no later than 8 pm on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

City of Fernie Declaration of Election by Acclamation:

I, Kevin Allen, Chief Election Officer for the Corporation of the City of Fernie, do hereby declare, pursuant to Section 76 of the Local Government Act, the following candidate elected by acclamation:

Office of School Trustee

Frank Lento, Fernie, School District No. 5 (Southeast Kootenay), Trustee Electoral Area 1 

Given under my hand at Fernie, British Columbia, this 24th day of September 2014.

Kevin Allen
Chief Election Officer

More information on the General Elections here

Who is Eligible to Vote?

You can vote in the City of Fernie Municipal Election if:

  •  You are a Canadian citizen *
  •  Have lived in BC for at least six months
  •  Have lived in Fernie for at least thirty days
  •  Are 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  •   Are not disqualified by law from voting

All Fernie residents who meet these requirements can vote.  It does not matter if you rent or own your home.  If you own property in Fernie but live somewhere else in BC, you can also vote in the Fernie elections.  This is called being a “non-resident property elector”.  As such, you can vote if you meet the following criteria:

  •   Are a Canadian citizen*
  •   Have lived in BC for at least six months
  •   Have owned real estate in Fernie, registered in your name, for at least thirty days
  •   Are 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  •   Are not disqualified by law from voting

Non-resident property electors can vote only once, regardless of the number of properties they own. If there is more than one registered owner of a property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the other owners, register as a "non-resident property elector"

*Landed immigrants who are not yet Canadian citizens are not permitted to vote in civic elections.

Voting Process

To vote in a local government election in Fernie, all you must do is go to a voting location on Election Day, between 8 am and 8 pm and present two pieces of Identification, at least one with your signature and one with your address, to the registration clerk, your name will be recorded, and you can cast your ballot. On the ballot, do not vote for more candidates than there are candidates to be elected; however, you may vote for less than are required.

A complete guide to voting in BC, visit Voter's Guide to Local Elections in B.C. 2018

City of Fernie Chief Election Officer:

Hours (City Hall):
Wednesday-Thursday
10 AM - 4 PM
Kevin Allen
250-423-2255
chiefelectionofficer@fernie.ca