Golden votes on Sept. 8

The 2012 byelection and referendum vote will be happening at the College of the Rockies on Sept. 8.

The 2012 byelection and referendum vote will be happening at the College of the Rockies on Sept. 8. Doors will open at 8 a.m. and voting will continue until 8 p.m.

Jon Wilsgard is the Manager of Corporate Administration for the Town of Golden and the Chief Election Officer for the byelection.

Leading up to the election day he has reminded residents that, “Everyone needs to remember to bring your ID. You have to prove who you are and where you live.”

He explained the two best IDs for people to use are a drivers license and BC Care Card because one proves who you are and where you live while the second also proves who you are with a signature.

He added passports are not typically accepted because they can be changed or renewed.

As part of the election this year is there will be a referendum held as well as the byelection.

“People need to be prepared because they will be issued two ballots. One for the byelection and one for the referendum,” he said

There is no preregistration happening for the election as the registration of all electors will take place at the time of voting. Voters will be required to make a declaration that they meet the following requirements. They must be 18 years of age or older; a Canadian citizen; a resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately preceding voting day; a resident or registered owner of property in the Town of Golden for at least 30 days immediately preceding voting day and not otherwise disqualified by law from voting.

The Town of Golden will be hosting an information session about the Bridge to Bridge project before the referendum on Sept. 8.

“On September 8, we are going to the public asking them if we are to borrow $1.3 million to leverage the federal and provincial infrastructure grant for diking,” said Mayor Christina Benty.

Copies of the Town’s Annual General Report will also be available.

Benty will be at the information session along with other Town staff, including Chief Administrative Officer, David Allen.

They will be there to answer questions, and clarify any misunderstandings.

“Staff’s job will be to provide technical expertise, not a political opinion,” said Benty.

The open house is scheduled for Thursday Sept. 6 at the Golden Civic Centre for much of the day.