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Columbia River Pipeline/Pedestrian Bridge Loan Authorization Bylaw Referendum - Frequently Asked Questions

When will the referendum be held?

General voting day is scheduled for Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 Are there any advance voting opportunities?

Yes, there will be two opportunities for advance voting - Wednesday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 20, 2014 -from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  

Where do I vote?

General and advance voting will be held in the McIntyre Room at the Trail Memorial Centre, 1051 Victoria Street, Trail from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day. 

Who can vote?

You are qualified to vote as a "resident elector" in the City of Trail if you meet all of the following criteria:

* Canadian citizen;

* 18 years of age or older on general voting day;

* Resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately preceding voting day;

* Resident of the City of Trail for at least 30 days immediately preceding voting day; and

* Not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other Act from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law. 

I own property in the City of Trail but live elsewhere - can I vote?

Yes, as a Non-Resident Property Elector; however, the following conditions apply:

* Canadian citizen;

* 18 years of age or older on general voting day;

* Resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately preceding voting day;

* Registered owner of real property in the City of Trail for at least 30 days immediately preceding voting day;

* Not entitled to register as a resident elector in the City of Trail; and

* If more than one person owns the property, only one owner may register and vote as a non-resident property elector in relation to that property.  Further, the individual registering must have the written consent of the majority of the owners. 

IF YOU QUALIFY AS A NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY ELECTOR, YOU MUST OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE TO REGISTER TO VOTE.  The certificate may be obtained at TrailCity Hall during the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, or during voting hours when voting proceedings are being conducted for advance voting or general voting.  ALL APPLICANTS MUST PROVIDE PROOF SATISFACTORY TO THE CHIEF ELECTION OFFICER THEY ARE ENTITLED TO BE REGISTERED AS A NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY ELECTOR, PREFERABLY A COPY OF THE TITLE FOR THE PROPERTY. 

I am a business owner in the community but live elsewhere - can I vote?

No, corporations and business entities do not have the right to vote.  However, if the business owns property in a personal name rather than a company name, you may vote.  Should this be the case, rules and regulations pertaining to Non-Resident Property Electors would apply. 

Am I on the List of Electors?

The City of Trail will be utilizing the Provincial Voters' List.  If you would like to confirm whether your name appears on this list, please contact Michelle McIsaac, Chief Election Officer, at Trail City Hall during regular office hours at (250) 364-0800 or by email to Michelle McIsaac

For those eligible electors not on the current Provincial List of Voters, registrations will be accepted on voting days.  Please note, two pieces of identification, at least one of which must include the applicant’s signature, must be presented to register as a resident elector.

What if I’m eligible to vote but can’t attend any of the voting opportunities?

Mail ballot voting will be available for qualified electors who are unable to attend a voting place to cast their 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

* expect to be absent from the municipality on general voting day and the days of the advance voting opportunities. 

How do I request a mail ballot package?

If you are eligible to vote by mail, you can apply for a mail ballot package by submitting the following information to the Chief Election Officer:

1. Full name

2. Residential address

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

4. Method of delivery of mail ballot package:

(a) pick up Trail City Hall, OR

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

(c) regular letter mail through Canada Post to an alternate address that you provide when requesting the ballot package.   

Applications for mail ballot packages will be accepted from Wednesday, July 30 until Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. 

The City of Trail will send out mail ballot packages commencing on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.  To be counted, your mail ballot must be returned and received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2014. 

What can I expect on voting day?

On voting day, electors will be asked if they consent to the adoption of a bylaw that would allow the City of Trail to borrow up to $4.916 million over 25 years to construct, in joint venture with the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, a pipeline/pedestrian bridge crossing the Columbia River.  The City’s contribution to the project funds the addition of a pedestrian walkway, water main line and fibre optic conduit to the structure. 

The question on the ballot will read as follows:

“Are you in favour of the City of Trail enacting Bylaw No. 2775 authorizing construction and borrowing of $4,916,000 so that the sewer pipe bridge proposed by the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary can also include a pedestrian walkway, water main line and fibre optic conduit?” 

The City of Trail will be utilizing automated voting machines for the referendum.  To mark the ballot, you fill in the oval beside the answer of your choice.  After marking your choice, you will feed the ballot into the vote tabulating machine. 

If an elector accidentally spoils a ballot, the vote tabulating unit will immediately eject the ballot and provide an explanation as to why it was rejected.  This will allow the elector to receive another ballot and to mark their choice again. 

The vote tabulating machines will scan each ballot inserted, and at the end of voting, the units will generate a tally of the results. 

Additional Questions?

Please contact the Chief Election Officer, Michelle McIsaac, at Trail City Hall at (250) 364-0800 or by email to Michelle McIsaac with any questions you may have.

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