Elections & Assent Voting

Local government elections in British Columbia are currently held every 4 years. This includes elections for mayors, councillors, regional district electoral area directors and school trustees. 

Residents, as well as persons that own property within the jurisdiction of the local government but do not reside there, may be eligible to vote provided eligibility requirements of the Local Government Act are met.

By-elections may be held if the office of a director becomes vacant.

In addition to elections and by-elections, the Regional District may also hold an assent vote (referendum) to obtain the assent of the electors on a proposed service or other matter.

Read the CRD’s election bylaw for more information on election procedures.

Current Assent Votes (Referendums)

North Cariboo Airport Service Referendum

An assent vote for a proposed North Cariboo Airport Service for eligible voters in Electoral Areas A, B, C and I will take place in conjunction with the general local elections on Oct. 20, 2018. Even though there is an acclamation in Areas C and I, the airport referendum will still take place in those areas. Voting locations, scrutineer applications, bylaw details, mail ballots (as they become available) and more information about the project are available on our Airports page.

2018 Local Elections

The next general local elections in B.C. will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. 

Search through our FAQ drop-down below to find answers to your questions and our interactive map to search which electoral area you live in.

Election Results

After the polls close at 8 p.m. on Oct. 20, election results and results from the North Cariboo Airport Service assent vote will be posted at www.bc.localelections.ca/results. Results will be posted as they become available following the official counts.

2018-General-Elections Frequently Asked Questions

Electoral Area C - John Massier

Electoral Area D - Steve Forseth

Electoral Area G - Al Richmond

Electoral Area H - Margo Wagner

Electoral Area I - Jim Glassford

Contact the candidates directly or watch local news sources to learn about their campaign platforms. Contact information for all candidates is available at www.bc.localelections.ca.

ADVANCE VOTING will be available at the locations listed below on Wednesday, October 10th and Monday, October 15th, 2018 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Cariboo Regional District Library Program Room
101 – 410 Kinchant Street, Quesnel, BC

Cariboo Regional District Board Room
Suite D, 180 North Third Avenue, Williams Lake, BC

South Cariboo Recreation Centre
175B Wrangler Way, 100 Mile House, BC

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 area in which the vote is taking place 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 are asked to bring 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification should prove both residency and identity.

Non-resident property electors are also asked to bring 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 a majority of the property owners

You can vote if you have owned property for the last 30 days in the Cariboo Regional District, but live elsewhere in BC. You must also be a Canadian citizen, be at least 18 years old, and have lived in BC for at least the last six months.

PLEASE NOTE: There is only one vote per property for non-resident property electors.

If more than one person owns the property, the signatures of a majority of the owners are required. You must bring a completed non-resident property owner form with you to vote. Download the form here.

Contact the Chief or Deputy Chief Election Officer prior to voting day for more details.

Use our interactive map below to determine which Electoral Area or Municipality your property falls within. To use the search function (magnifying glass) in the top right hand corner of the map, simply type your address in the search bar and search. The pop-up will tell you which Electoral Area or Municipality you are in.

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 jurisdiction on general voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities; OR
  • live within the voting jurisdiction but more than 90 kilometres from the closest polling station at which they are entitled to vote.


Before 4 pm on October 18, 2018 you must submit the following information to the Cariboo Regional District office by mail (Suite D, 180 North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake, BC, V2G 2A4), telephone (250-392-3351 or 1-800-665-1636), fax (250-392-2812) or email (mailbox@cariboord.ca):

(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 CRD 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, and

(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.


The CRD will send out mail ballot packages commencing on or about October 5, 2018.  To be counted, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8 pm on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Qualified electors in Electoral Areas A, B, C and I can vote in the upcoming North Cariboo Airport Service referendum. Voting stations will be available in all electoral areas. Visit www.cariboord.ca/airports for more details.


After the polls close at 8 p.m. on Oct. 20, election results and results from the North Cariboo Airport Service assent vote will be posted at www.bc.localelections.ca/results.

Contact us:

Alice Johnston, Chief Election Officer
Lore Schick, Deputy Chief Election Officer
(250) 392-3351 or 1-800-665-1636

Helpful Links

For more election resources, please visit the provincial government website.

For information about campaign financing, election advertising and third party sponsor rules, contact Elections BC.

Running for Office

Elected officials are entrusted with making decisions that directly affect the daily lives of residents, families, local business owners and many others in the local community. If you’re thinking of running for local office, part of the decision-making process may include considering the role you will play, how best you can serve your community, and the impact you will have as an elected official.   

The videos (in the sidebar or below on mobile) provide candidates with general information about what to can expect before, during and following general local elections in B.C.”

Additional election information can be found at elections.bc.ca or the provincial government website.

Overview of BC General Local Elections 2018

Participants in BC General Local Elections 2018

Candidate Nominations in B.C. General Local Elections 2018

Voting and Taking office in B.C. General Local Elections

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