Election Date Referendum Q&A

Election Date Referendum Q&A Video

1) Why are we holding a referendum on Council election dates?

In 2016 and 2017, the Electoral Commission held more than 30 community and family meetings, as well as online engagement sessions, to hear from membership what changes they wanted for Squamish Nation governance, including changes to Council and the voting process. This feedback was included in a new Election and Referendum Law that was approved by membership on December 6, 2018.

One of the changes suggested by membership during the Electoral Commission engagement was to the timing of Council elections. The Electoral Commission decided further engagement with membership was needed, which is why we are holding a second referendum.

2) What options do I have to vote in this referendum?

Squamish Nation members 18 years of age and older have the choice to vote online, in-person, or by mail in this referendum:

VOTE ONLINE

Members can vote online from March 26, 2021 to April 10, 2021 at 8 p.m.

To register to vote online, visit: www.onefeather.ca/nations/squamish

You will be required to provide your status number, date of birth, email address, and phone number.

If you have any issues or require support with voting online, please contact:

Phone: 1-250-384-8200 or 1-855-923-3006 (Toll-free)
Email: support@onefeather.ca

VOTE IN PERSON

Members can vote in-person on April 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Locations: Totem Hall and Chief Joe Mathias Centre

All in-person voting will be conducted in accordance with current COVID-19 personal health and safety guidelines issued by the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer, including requirements for physical distancing and wearing masks that cover the nose and mouth. Your cooperation to ensure the safety of our voting staff, voters, and Elders is appreciated.

VOTE BY MAIL

All members eighteen (18) years of age or older off-reserve should have received their ballot package in the mail to their address on file.

On-reserve members and those who haven’t received their package can request a mail-in ballot by contacting OneFeather Support:

Phone: 1-250-384-8200 or 1-855-923-3006 (Toll-free)
Email: support@onefeather.ca

Please state that your enquiry is regarding the Squamish Nation’s referendum and be prepared to provide your name, status number or birth date, and contact information.

3) How were the two dates that are being voted on in the referendum chosen?

Earlier this year, the Electoral Commission asked members to complete an online survey to choose two dates for future Council elections that should be voted on in the referendum.

Based on the survey results, the two election dates that members are voting on in the referendum are:
• September 26, 2021, and on the last Sunday of September every four years after that; and
• April 24, 2022, and on the last Sunday of April every four years after that.

4) How many votes are needed to choose the date for upcoming and future elections?

The date for upcoming and future elections must be approved by 60 per cent of eligible voters who vote in the referendum.

For example, if 4,000 members voted in the referendum, the option with at least 2,400 votes would win.

If neither option gets the 60 per cent approval threshold, then the current date (the first Sunday in December every four years) will remain the general voting day for Council elections.

5) Will choosing a new election date shorten or lengthen the current Council’s term?

Yes, the term of the current Council may change, if that is what the eligible voters decide:

• If eligible voters select September 26, 2021 as the next Council election date, the current Council’s term would end in early October 2021, rather than January 2022.

• If eligible voters select April 24, 2022, as the next Council election date, the current Council’s term would end in early May 2022, rather than January 2022.

If neither option gets the 60 per cent approval threshold, then the current Council’s term will end in early January 2022.

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