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									                                                                                          August 2011


                                  2011 ELECTION GUIDE
Elections for Mayor and six (6) Councillors for the City of Merritt will take place on Saturday
November 19, 2011

For those who may be considering running in the upcoming election, it is important to acknowledge
the time commitment that is required by elected officials. Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of
each month for their regularly scheduled Council meeting. As well, Council usually meets on the 3rd
Tuesday of each month for informal Committee of the Whole meetings. Councillors also serve on
various committees that meet on a regular basis on other evenings of the week. Weekends are
usually spent reading Council Agenda packages which consist of staff reports and correspondence
from other government agencies and the public.

Prospective candidates should give serious consideration to the huge time commitment that is
expected when holding elected office. It is recommended that prospective candidates speak to a
current or former member of Council to discover just how much of their time and energy Council
members devote to the community.


 IMPORTANT                              COMMON ELECTION QUESTIONS
  ELECTION               Who may run?
   DATES                 You may run for elected office if you:
                          are a Canadian citizen;
   August 26:             are at least 18 years old on November 19, 2011;
   Nomination             have lived in British Columbia since April 12, 2011 or longer;
 Packages will be         have not been disqualified from voting in an election.
                          residency or land ownership within the City of Merritt is not a requirement for
  available from
                           candidates
    City Hall
                         Who may nominate?
  October 4 to
 October 14th:           Candidates must be nominated by two City of Merritt electors (either resident or
Nomination Period        non-resident).

                         Who may vote?
   October 19:
   First Day for         Persons who live in the City of Merritt (owners and tenants) may vote as a
displaying Election      “resident elector” if they:
       Signs              are a Canadian citizen;
                          are at least 18 years old on November 19, 2011;
  Wed. Nov 9&             have lived in British Columbia since May 17, 2011 or longer;
  Wed. Nov 16:            have lived in the City of Merritt since October 19, 2011 or longer;
 Advance Voting           have not been disqualified from voting in an election.
     Days                Persons who own property in the City of Merritt but live elsewhere may vote as a
                         “non-resident elector” provided they:
                          are a Canadian citizen;
    Saturday              are at least 18 years old on November 19, 2011;
  November 19:            have lived in British Columbia since May 17, 2011 or longer;
                          have been an owner of property within Merritt since October 19, 2011 or longer;
     General              do not live within the City of Merritt;
     Voting               only register in relation to one (1) piece of property;
      Day                 and, if more than one (1) person owns the property, only one (1)owner may
                         register and that person must have the written consent of a majority of the others
                         owners.

                              VOTER REGISTRATION - IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED
                            In order to vote, all electors must register and provide 2 pieces of
                                          identification AT THE TIME OF VOTING.

								
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