Information for Voters

Who can vote?
What are the identification requirements to register to vote?
What identification should I bring?
Can I vote in View Royal if I live elsewhere but own property in View Royal?
Can I vote by mail ballot?
Do I qualify as a non-resident property elector?
Am I voting for trustees in School District 61 or School District 62?
Elections contact information

Who can vote?

You can vote in the Town of View Royal election if you live within the Town of View Royal or you are a non-resident property elector (you own property in View Royal but live elsewhere in B.C.).

You must:

  • be 18 years of age or older on general voting day, October 20, 2018 (born on or before October 20, 2000);
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • have been a resident of B.C. for at least 6 months immediately before the day you register to vote;
  • have lived in View Royal, or have owned real property registered in your name in View Royal, for at least 30 days immediately before the day you register to vote; and
  • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

What are the identification requirements to register to vote?

Voter registration will take place at the time of voting. You will be required to make a declaration that you meet the voter requirements (listed above) as well as produce proper identification as follows:

  • For resident electors: Two (2) pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity.

  • For non-resident property electors: Two (2) pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity, must declare that they are entitled to register in relation to the property, and, if applicable, provide written consent from a majority of the other property owners on title appointing the registrant to be the sole voter.

What identification should I bring?

The following are examples of acceptable identification documents:

*BC Drivers License *Old Age Security Identification Card
*BC Identification Card (BCID) *Canadian Forces Identification
*BC Services Card *Property Tax Notice from the Town of View Royal
*Birth Certificate *Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits
*Certificate of Indian Status as Issued by the Government of Canada *BC Government Cheque
*Canadian Passport *Income Tax Assessment Notice
*Social Insurance Card *Canada Child Tax Benefit Statement
*Canadian Citizenship Card *Bank/credit card statement issued by a Canadian bank or credit union
*Utility Bill *Student card issued by the University of Victoria, Camosun College or Royal Roads University
*Library Card issued by the Greater Victoria Public Library  

Can I vote in View Royal if I live elsewhere but own property in View Royal?

Yes.  People who are not residents of the Town of View Royal may vote if they own property in the Town of View Royal and qualify as a non-resident property elector.

Can I vote by mail ballot?

You may vote by mail ballot if:

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

Click here for more information about voting by mail ballot.

Do I qualify as a non-resident property elector?

To vote as a non-resident property elector, you must meet all of these requirements:

  • You are not entitled to register as a resident elector in the Town of View Royal;
  • You are not registered as a non-resident property elector in relation to any other parcel of property in the Town of View Royal;
  • You are a Canadian citizen;
  • You have been a resident in BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration;
  • You are 18 years or older, or you will be turning 18 on or before the by-election (September 23, 2017);
  • You are not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or are otherwise disqualified by law;
  • You have been a registered owner of property in the Town of View Royal for at least 30 days immediately preceding the day of registration;
  • The only persons who are registered owners of the property are individuals who are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or other trust; and
  • You have received the written consent of the majority of registered owners for the property, authorizing you to be registered as the non-resident property elector for this property (if applicable).

A non-resident property elector may also register at the time of voting.  All of the above qualifications and identification requirements must be met.  Proof of ownership may be established by presenting a 2018 Land Title Certificate or a 2018 Assessment of Property Tax Notice.

Am I voting for trustees in School District 61 or School District 62?

The majority of View Royal residents will vote for trustees in School District 61.

The School District No. 62 catchment includes 13 addresses in the McKenzie Lake area west of Pike Lake.  These addresses are located on Bate, Barker, Herbate, Thanet and Westoby Roads. If you require specific addresses, please contact School District No. 62.

Elections Contact Information

  • Chief Election Officer, Ken Schaalje - 250-652-6884
  • Deputy Chief Election Officer, Elena Bolster - 250-479-6800, info@viewroyal.ca