Voter Information

General Voting Day for the 2022 General Local Election is Saturday, October 15, 2022

As the election approaches, details about where to vote, voter eligibility, and what voters can expect on voting day will be added below.

City of Fort St. John eligible voters will vote for:

Candidate Profile Guide

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.

Elector Registration

There is no need to pre-register to vote, as the registration of all electors for the election will take place at the time of voting.

Resident Electors

Resident electors must produce two (2) pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity. Electors must make a declaration stating that you meet the following requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  • Canadian citizen
  • a resident of BC for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the day of registration
  • a resident of the City of Fort St. John
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

Non-resident Property Electors

Non-resident property electors must produce two (2) pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity and proof that they are entitled to register concerning the property. Electors must make a declaration stating that you meet the following requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  • Canadian citizen
  • a resident of BC for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the day of registration
  • a registered owner of real property in the City of Fort St. John for at least 30 days before voting day
  • the only persons who are registered owners of the property, either as joint tenants or tenants in common, are individuals who are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust
  • if there is more than one individual who is the registered owner, only one individual may register and vote in relation to the real property, and the person doing so must have received the written consent of the majority of individuals registered as owners of the real property
  • not entitled to register as a resident elector
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

Acceptable Identification

Electors must provide two (2) pieces of identification to vote (at least one with 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

Mail ballot voting is available to ALL eligible voters. Anyone qualified to vote as either a resident, or as a non-resident property elector, may choose to vote by mail. 

Requesting a Mail Ballot Package

The City will be accepting mail ballot requests up to 4 pm on Thursday, October 13, 2022. 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
    • regular letter mail through Canada Post to a residential address
    • 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:

  1. Mail (10631 – 100 Street, Fort St. John, BC, V1J 3Z5)
  2. Telephone (250-787-8150)
  3. Fax (250-787-8181)
  4. Email (legislativeservices@fortstjohn.ca)

The City will send out mail ballot packages commencing on or about October 4, 2022. To be counted, the Chief Election Officer must receive your mail ballot no later than 8 pm on Saturday, October 15, 2022.

Curbside Voting

Curbside Voting will be offered on general voting day, Saturday, October 15, 2022, 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 if a recount is required. Final results will be available on the City's website after the polls are closed on Voting Day.