The Oak Bay Community Association is working ahead of the curve planning an all-candidates meeting for Oct. 6.
Candidates and residents will meet in the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre at Oak Bay High. University of Victoria political sciences professor and Oak Bay resident Michael Prince is set to moderate.
Saturday, Oct. 15 is general local elections day across the province and Oak Bay residents will choose a mayor, city councillors, school trustees and/or Capital Regional District (CRD) directors. Advance voting is Oct. 5 and 12.
Oak Bay uses the provincial voters list and those who voted in the most recent provincial or federal election are likely already on the list. Those unsure can call 250-598-3311 or visit municipal hall.
Anyone 18 and older on Oct. 15, who has lived in B.C. for at least six months is eligible to vote.
Now through Aug. 23, residents can register to vote at municipal hall, 2167 Oak Bay Ave.
Oak Bay introduced mail-in voting this year. Previously, mail ballot voting was limited to those who were going to be away on voting days or who were physically unable to vote at a polling station. Eligible voters need to request a mail ballot package, set to come out closer to the election on Oct. 15. To be counted, ballots must be returned by the end of general voting day.
To run as a candidate for mayor or councillor in Oak Bay, an individual must be nominated by at least two people who are qualified electors in the municipality. These individuals may be resident electors or non-resident property electors.
Download the nomination package at oakbay.ca or pick up a printed copy at municipal hall. The nomination period is Tuesday, Aug. 30 to Friday, Sept. 9.
On general voting day Oct. 15, polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Visit oakbay.ca/municipal-hall/municipal-elections for details on voting, running for office or volunteering for the coming municipal election.
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