Where to vote, etc.

  • Nov. 14, 2008 6:00 a.m.

Local elections will be held in every islands community Saturday (Nov. 15), with a total of 40 candidates running for 21 positions. (For information about what the candidates stand for, see the special supplement included in this Observer.) Here’s a quick guide to where islanders can vote and who can they vote for.. If you live in Masset: you can vote for municipal councillors and North Area school trustee. Vote at the Howard Phillips Community Hall.. If you live in Old Massett: you can vote for Area D regional district director at the Haida Health Centre.. If you live in the Tow Hill Road area: you can vote for Area D director and North Area school trustee. Vote at the Howard Phillips Community Hall in Masset.. If you live in Port Clements: you can vote for mayor, councillors and Central Area school trustee. The poll is at the community hall. If you live just outside of Port, you can vote here for Area D director and Central Area school trustee.. If you live in Tlell: you can vote for Area D director and Central Area school trustee at the Tlell Firehall.. If you live in Miller Creek or Skidegate: you can vote for Area D director at the Skidegate Homemakers Building.. If you live in Queen Charlotte: you can vote for municipal councillors at the community hall.. If you live on Graham Island, but not in any of the above-mentioned communities: you can vote for Area D director at any poll location – Old Massett, Masset, Port, Tlell or Skidegate. You can also vote for school trustee but must make sure you vote at the correct poll. The North area (voting in Masset) extends to just south of the regional district landfill and includes the Bluejacket subdivision, Nadu Road, and the northern portion of Kumdis Island. The Central area (voting in Port Clements or Tlell) extends from just south of the landfill site to about half a kilometre south of Miller Creek enterprises.. If you live in Sandspit: you can vote for Moresby Island Management Committee members at the community office. All polls are open from 8 am until 8 pm, and all voters will need prove their identity with two pieces of ID. Voters must have lived in BC for at least the past six months and the jurisdiction in which they are voting for at least the past 30 days. Voters must be at least 18 years old, except in Sandspit, where they must be at least 19 due to a quirk in the management committee bylaw. It is also possible to vote if you own property in a jurisdiction where you do not live. Property owners need to have a certificate in order to vote, which can be obtained from the appropriate municipal office beforehand or on voting day. There is a form to fill out and if more than one person owns the property the voter must prove they have the other owners’ permission. Election results will be posted as soon as possible Saturday night at www.qciobserver.com.

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