Voter Information

On Saturday, May 15, 2021, a by-election will be held to fill one (1) Councillor position. Learn about Key Dates for the 2021 Municipal By-election.

Candidate Profile Guide

This guide allows you to learn more about the candidates who are running for the one Councillor position. Each candidate was provided with the opportunity to submit a short bio and photo; the profiles will not be edited in any way. View the submitted Nomination Documents.

Top 5 Reasons to Vote

  1. Your local government manages the services you use every day!
  2. You have the ability to influence how city services are delivered by actively participating in your local government.
  3. Your good voting habits will influence youth in your household to become future voters. Speak with your kids about the election and why you vote.
  4. Voting is quick and easy - this is Fort St. John, not a big metropolis. 
  5. City Council is an extension of YOU and functions better with the participation of its citizens.

Voting Opportunities

Advance Voting (Open to all qualified electors)

  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021
    • 8 am - 8 pm | Pomeroy Sport Centre (9324 - 96 Street)
  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021
    • 8 am - 8 pm | Pomeroy Sport Centre (9324 - 96 Street)

Special Voting Opportunities (Available only to qualified electors who are patients, residents, or staff of the voting location)

  • Thursday, May 13, 2021
    • 10 - 11:30 am | Peace Villa Care Centre (8407 - 112 Avenue)
    • 2:30 - 3:30 pm | Peace Lutheran Apartments (9812 - 108 Avenue)
    • 4 - 5 pm | Heritage Manor (9819 - 107 Avenue)
  • Saturday, May 15, 2021
    • 1:30 - 3 pm | Fort St. John Hospital (8407 - 112 Avenue)

General Voting Day (Open to all qualified electors)

  • Saturday, May 15, 2021
    • 8 am - 8 pm | Pomeroy Sport Centre (9324 - 96 Street)

COVID-19 Safety Measures

The City of Fort St. John is committed to ensuring a safe By-election during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following public health, Elections BC and WorkSafe BC orders and guidelines, the 2021 Municipal By-election COVID-19 Safety Plan [PDF - 373 KB] ensures the safety of voters, candidates and election staff throughout the By-election.

  • All voting opportunities will have protective measures in place, including physical distancing, capacity limits, hand sanitizing stations, plexiglass protective barriers, election officials wearing personal protective equipment, and frequent cleaning of voting stations and frequently touched surfaces. 
  • As is required by the Provincial Emergency Program Act Face Covering (COVID-19) Order, masks are required in public settings, including the voting location, except for those who are exempt.
  • You will be asked to sanitize your hands before and after voting. 
  • Pens will be provided for voting and will be sanitized in between use. You may choose to use your own pen.
  • You will personally feed your marked ballot into an electronic voting machine.
  • Please do your part to vote safely. Follow election officials’ instructions and signage in the voting place to maintain physical distancing.
  • If you are ill or self-isolating, do not visit a voting place - request a mail ballot.

Elector Registration

There is no need to pre-register to vote as the registration of all electors for this by-election will take place at the time of voting. Electors must make a declaration stating 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 (November 14, 2020)
  • resident of OR registered owner of real property in the City of Fort St. John for at least 30 days immediately preceding the day of registration (April 14, 2021), 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.

Acceptable Identification

Electors must provide two (2) pieces of identification to vote and one must have a signature. A list of acceptable identification is as follows:

• BC Driver’s Licence
• BC Identification Card issued by the Motor Vehicle Branch
• Owner’s Certificate of insurance and vehicle licence issued by ICBC
• BC Care Card or BC Gold Care Card
• A Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form SDES8
• A Social Insurance Card issued by Human Resources Development Canada
• A Citizenship Card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
• A real property tax notice
• A credit or debit card
• Utility bill issued for the supply of electricity, natural gas, water, telephone or cable services
• Firearms Acquisition Card
• Or provide evidence satisfactory to the Election Official

Driver’s Licence and Medical Services Plan that are on one card is considered one piece of ID.

Mail Ballot Voting

Due to COVID-19, all qualified electors may vote by mail for this By-Election in accordance with Ministerial Order No. 151.

Requesting a Mail Ballot Package

The City will be accepting mail ballot requests up to 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 13, 2021. The following information must be submitted to City Hall:

  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:
    • pick up at City Hall’s office, OR
    • regular letter mail through Canada Post to residential address, OR
    • regular letter mail through Canada Post to an alternate address that you provide when requesting the ballot package,
  5. If you are a non-resident property owner please indicate this information as part of your request. A non-resident property owner application will be included in the package.

This information can be submitted by: mail (10631 – 100 Street, Fort St. John, BC, V1J 3Z5), telephone (250-787-8150), fax (250-787-8181) or email (legislativeservices@fortstjohn.ca) to receive a mail ballot.

The City will send out mail ballot packages commencing on or about April 30, 2021. To be counted, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8:00 pm on Saturday, May 15, 2021.

Curbside Voting

Curbside Voting will be offered on general voting day (Saturday, May 15, 2021) for those electors who come to the voting place to vote but are unable to enter the voting place because of a physical disability or impaired mobility. 

Counting the Ballots

Voters mark a paper ballot that is processed through an electronic vote tabulator that counts the votes cast for each candidate. Election results are generated by the electronic vote tabulators and the paper ballots are retained in the event that a recount is required. Final results will be available on the City's website after the polls are closed on Voting Day.