Elector Organizations & Endorsements

An elector organization is an organization that endorses or intends to endorse a candidate, or candidates, in general local elections and that files endorsement documents with the local Chief Election Officer. Elector organizations may be referred to as "civic political parties".

Elector Organizations

An elector organization must have a membership of at least 50 eligible electors (resident and/or non-resident property electors) at the time it submits endorsement documents to the local Chief Election Officer, and the organization must not be disqualified from endorsing a candidate under the Local Government Act, Local Elections Campaign Financing Act or any other Act.

Elector organizations do not have to formally incorporate as a company or a society.

Endorsement

An elector organization may endorse candidates on the ballot by allowing its name, abbreviation or acronym to appear on the ballot beside the candidate’s name and/or promote the candidate’s election platform or the organization’s viewpoints during its election campaign.

A candidate must consent to being endorsed by an elector organization by signing the endorsement documents submitted by the elector organization to the local Chief Election Officer.

Elector organizations must submit all required information in writing to the local Chief Election Officer before the end of the nomination period in a general local election or by-election. The endorsement documents must include: 

  • The elector organization’s name and any abbreviations, acronyms and other names used by the organization
  • Contact information
  • The full name of the endorsed candidate and the candidate’s consent to the endorsement

In addition, the elector organization must submit: 

  • Contact information for its financial agent
  • Responsible principal officials, including the authorized principal official
  • The name of the candidate it has endorsed

Elector Organization Election Campaigns

An elector organization election campaign is generally a connected series of actions designed to elect a candidate or a group of candidates to a municipal council, regional district board, Islands Trust local trust committee, specified parks board or board of education.

Typically, an election campaign involves elector organizations and/or candidates communicating with the electorate through:

  • Public appearances and speeches
  • Advertisements on television, radio, the Internet, in newspapers and magazines
  • Social media (for example, Facebook and Twitter)
  • Brochures, signs, posters, billboards
  • Mail inserts and newsletters
  • Bumper stickers, buttons and displays and/or exhibitions

There are specific rules under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act about election advertising that elector organizations must following during the campaign period.

Campaign Financing

Campaign financing and election advertising rules apply to elector organizations.

Every elector organization must appoint a financial agent to ensure the election campaign complies with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. Campaign-related transactions must be recorded and disclosed to Elections BC for each election area in which the elector organization endorsed a candidate or ran an election campaign.

Third Party Advertising

Third party advertising is election advertising undertaken by an individual or organization independently from a candidate or elector organization campaign during the campaign period.

Third party advertising includes advertising for or against a candidate or elector organization and advertising on an issue with which a candidate or elector organization is associated—such as funding for a local recreation centre or preserving parkland.

Third party sponsors must register with Elections BC and are subject to campaign financing disclosure requirements under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.

Local Elections Legislation