A referendum to obtain the assent of the electors must be held according to the rules and regulations set out in the Local Government Act for “Assent Voting”.  These rules provide for who may vote, when the vote is to occur, how the votes are to be counted, and a myriad of other aspects of the process (essentially the same way the legislation sets out the rules and regulations for voting in a municipal election).

If the timing is appropriate, a referenda question may be included in voting during a General Local Election due to the fact that they require much of the same preparation and cost as a municipal election.