- 2018 Municipal Election -

2018 Municipal Election Notice and Information

Municipal Elections are held every four (4) years on the fourth Monday in October. The next election will take place on October 22, 2018.

The term of all offices to which the Municipal Elections Act applies is four years, beginning on December 1st in the year of a regular election.

The Council for the Corporation of the Township of Sioux Narrows – Nestor Falls consists of five members; Mayor, 2 Councillors at Large, 1 Councillor for Ward 1 and 1 Councillor for Ward 2.

Term

December 1, 2018 to November 14, 2022.

Voting Method

The Township of Sioux Narrows – Nestor Falls has used a mail-in-ballot since the 2000 Municipal and School Board Election. Council determines the method of voting and may consider other voting methods for future elections.

Council has adopted By-Law Number 447 for alternative voting method – Voting By Mail, for the 2018 Municipal and School Board Election. Ranked ballots will not be implemented in 2018.

Vote-by-Mail eliminates polling stations, advance polls and proxy voting. It transforms every mailbox into a ballot box. Voting is as easy as mailing a letter. Vote-by-Mail kits will be provided to every person who qualifies to be an elector (see Elector information below).

Municipal Elections Act

Bill 181 was introduced to make changes to the Municipal Elections Act.  The changes reflect recommendations from the public, municipal councils and municipal staff.  Some of the changes are as follows:

Filing of Nominations: May 1st, 2018 (formerly the first business day in January)

Nomination Day: July 27th, 2018 (formerly the 2nd Friday in September)

Nomination and Eligibility: Anyone wishing to run for office on Council in the 2018 Election must file a Nomination Paper with the Clerk of the Municipality commencing May 1st, 2018 and the deadline to submit nomination papers is on Nomination Day by 2:00PM, Friday, July 27th, 2018. A filing fee in cash, certified cheque or money order is required with the submission of your Nomination Paper.

If you are interested in running as a candidate in the Municipal Election, it is recommended you review the Ministry of Municipal Affairs’ Candidates Guide.  You can view or download this document from the link far below or visit the Ministry’s website (links to website also posted far below).

Nomination Filing Form and Filing Fee

A nomination form can be viewed and printed from the link below.  You may also obtain one from the municipal office.

The filing fee for Mayor is $200 and for Councillor is $100.  The fee may only be paid by cash or money order (personal cheques are not acceptable).

Township of Sioux Narrows – Nestor Falls Elections are held for the following Offices:

Mayor

Councillor at Large (two elected)

Councillor Ward 1 (one elected by Ward 1 electors)

Councillor Ward 2 (one elected by Ward 2 electors)

English Public Ward 1

English Public Ward 2

English Separate Ward 1

English Separate Ward 2

French Public

French Separate

Who Can Run for Municipal Council

An individual may run for municipal office if they are eligible to vote in the election and fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • A Canadian citizen; and,
  • At least 18 years old; and,
  • A resident of the municipality, a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the municipality or the spouse of such non-resident owner or tenant; and,
  • Is not legally prohibited from voting; and,
  • Is not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office.

Sioux Narrows – Nestor Falls has two wards.  A candidate can run in any ward – one does not have to live in a particular ward in order to be a ward’s councillor.  However, if a candidate runs in a ward where there do not live, they will not be able to vote for their self. Having a campaign office or a business in a ward where one would not otherwise be eligible to vote does not make one eligible to vote in that ward.

Campaign Information

During the nomination process, candidates will be asked to consent to the Clerk releasing the following campaign information in publications, online, etc.:

  • phone number;
  • mailing address; and,
  • email address.

If the candidate does not consent to providing any information, only their name will be provided.  Information may be personal or campaign specific, however only one number or address will be provided for each Candidate and no additional material, such as pictures, biographies or platforms will be provided.

Campaign Finance

Candidates are responsible for keeping records of the financial activities related to their campaign.

Candidates should review the campaign financial statement (Form 4) that is required to be filed.  There is a link to the document far below.

Bank Account

Candidates must open a bank account exclusively for their campaign if they accept any contributions of money (including contributions from one’s self or spouse) or incur any expenses. If a candidate does not spend any money and does not receive any contributions of money, they do not have to open a campaign bank account.

Candidates cannot use their personal bank account for campaign finances, even if they are planning a very small campaign.

All contributions – including contributions made from one’s self – must be deposited into the campaign bank account. All expenses must be paid for from the campaign account.

The nomination fee is considered to be a personal expense, not a campaign expense.

Electors

Who Can Vote In A Municipal Election

We receive an unusual number of inquiries about voter eligibility that concerns Citizenship.

You CANNOT vote in a Municipal Election unless you are a CANADIAN CITIZEN and ALSO meet the age, ownership, tenancy and spouse provisions.

Simply owning property does not qualify you to vote; unless you are a Canadian Citizen, are 18 or older and own/rent property, the spouse of an owner/renter.

Also, Landed Immigrants, or Permanent Residents, are not considered Canadian Citizens.

If you receive a ballot kit and you do not meet these qualifications, you must contact the Municipal Office so that we may make arrangements to remove your name from the voters’ list. Also, you must destroy the ballot kit or return, unused, the ballot kit to us with a clear notation that you are not eligible to vote and the reason why.

When completing a ballot you are required to sign a declaration stating that first and foremost you are a Canadian Citizen. If you complete the ballot, sign and return it, and you are indeed NOT a Canadian Citizen, you are making a false declaration.  This is an offense, and punishable by law.

Please remember, a person is entitled to be an elector at an election held in a local municipality, if on voting day he or she meets all of the following:

  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • at least 18 years old; and
  • residing in the local municipality or an owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of such owner or tenant; and
  • not otherwise prohibited from voting.

Ineligible Voters

In addition to not meeting the qualifications to vote (see above), the following also cannot vote in a municipal election:

  • a person serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution;
  • a corporation; or
  • a person convicted of a corrupt practice for an election held within four years of voting day.

Voters’ List

To vote in a municipal council or school board election, you need to be on the voters’ list as an elector.

Find out if you’re on the list to vote for municipal council and school board elections at voterlookup.ca.

You can add yourself, change personal information, change your school support for electoral purposes and add other electors under your address.

 

Candidate and elector information (documents):

2018 Voters’ guide for Ontario municipal council and school board elections

2018 Candidates’ guide for Ontario municipal council and school board elections

2018 Guide for third party advertisers Ontario municipal council and school board elections

2018 Vote by Mail Procedural Manual

Candidate Nomination Form 1

2018 Withdrawal of Nomination Form

2018 Candidate Consent Campaign Information Release Form

2018 Candidate Campaign Spending Limits

Candidate Financial Statement Form 4

Council Procedural By-Law

Code of Conduct for Members of Council and Local Board Members

2018 Sioux Narrows – Nestor Falls Candidate Guide – Full Package

 

Candidate and elector information (website links):

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Municipal Elections Information Page

Find out if you’re on the list to vote for municipal council and school board elections at voterlookup.ca

Ontario Municipal Elections Act

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