2018 Municipal Election
Municipal Elections happen every four years in Ontario and the guidelines for the conduct of an election are set out in the Municipal Elections Act. The next regular Municipal Election to elect a Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councillors and School Board Trustees will be held on October 22, 2018. The next term of Council begins on December 1, 2018 and concludes in 2022.
A person is entitled to be an elector at an election held in a local municipality, if on voting day he or she is:
- a Canadian citizen;
- at least 18 years old;
- residing in the local municipality or an owner or tenant there, or the spouse of such owner or tenant; and
- not otherwise prohibited from voting.
ARE YOU ON THE VOTERS LIST?
All electors should ensure that their names and relevant information are correctly shown on the Voters List. You must be on the Voters List in order to Vote!
It is easy for you to find out if you are on the Voters' List. Between April and August 2018, municipal enumerations will be conducted by MPAC in order to prepare a Preliminary List of Electors for each municipality and school board during an election year. If you have moved since the last election or have not confirmed your citizenship through MPAC, you may not be on the list. The Township encourages all voters to participate in MPAC's 2018 Municipal Enumeration.
INTERNET & TELEPHONE VOTING
On April 5, 2017, Council approved the use of a Internet and Telephone voting methods for the 2018 Municipal Election. These voting methods will replace the Vote-By-Mail method which was used by the Township for the 2010 and 2014 Municipal Elections. By moving to Internet and Telephone voting methods, electors will have an opportunity to participate in an even more accessible, environmentally-friendly, and convenient method of voting.
Similar to the previous Vote-By-Mail elections, there will be no polling stations for the 2018 election. However, voting can be done from home or virtually anywhere else in the world with access to Internet or Telephone, and the use of a personal computer, mobile phone or tablet. Public Internet access is available in the Township at the Tavistock and Innerkip Library branches, during their regular hours of operation. As well, arrangements are being made for voting using the Internet or Telephone at the Township Office in Hickson.
The Township will be working with Intelivote Systems Inc. to provide for Internet and Telephone voting. Here are some common questions and answers to questions electors may have regarding Internet and Telephone voting:
Internet and Telephone Voting - Common Questions & Answers
"Voter Instruction Letters" will be mailed to eligible electors included on the Voters List near the beginning of October, 2018. Included in the letter will be voting instructions, as well as a unique Personal Identification Number (PIN). Voters using the Internet method will log on to the election website, enter their PIN, then proceed to mark their ballots electronically. Voters using the Telephone method will dial into a toll free number, enter their PIN, then proceed to follow a touch tone menu to enter their votes. The PIN contained in the Letter will be required in order to Vote!
Voting using the Internet or Telephone will be available up to approximately 1.5 weeks prior to the Election Day, and will be permitted up until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day itself (October 22, 2018).
The nomination period opens on May 1, 2018 and closes on Nomination Day, July 27, 2018. Nomination forms may be filed during the nomination period at a time when the Clerk's Office is open, and on Nomination Day between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
A Candidate for Municipal Office must, upon nomination, be a qualified municipal elector and fulfil all of the following requirements:
- live in the municipality, be an owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of an owner or tenant;
- be a Canadian citizen;
- be at least 18 years old on voting day;
- not legally prohibited from voting; and
- not disqualified by any legislation from holding Municipal office.
A new requirement under the Municipal Elections Act requires anyone wishing to run for office as a member of Council must submit signatures of 25 eligible voters supporting their nomination to run for office. The requirement to submit 25 signatures does not apply to candidates running for school board trustee positions.
If you are interested in running as a candidate in the Municipal Election, it is recommended you review the Ministry of Municipal Affairs’ 2016-2018 Candidates Guide which is scheduled to be completed and posted on the Ministry’s website by April 1, 2018.
More information related to the Municipal Election 2018 will be available closer to the opening of the Nomination period.
Bill 181, The Municipal Elections Moderniztion Act, 2016, came into effect June 9, 2016 and makes changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 for the 2018 municipal election. For an overview of theese changes visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs website or see the updated Municipal Election Act.