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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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