Municipal

Elections

Municipal Elections 2018

This fall, Municipality of Centre Hastings voters will elect a 2018-2022 municipal Council and School Board Trustees.  Please click the link for key dates and information for potential candidates and residents: 2018 Municipal Election Information

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2018 Municipal Election

Candidates Information

Nominations

Nominations may be filed in person with the Municipal Clerk or designate starting on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 until Thursday, July 26, 2018 during regular business hours (Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) and on Friday July 27, 2018 (Nomination Day) between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. using the prescribed forms.

Nomination papers will not be accepted after the deadline.

In accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, nominations must be filed using the prescribed forms, accompanied by the prescribed nomination filing fee and nominations for an office on a council must be endorsed by at least 25 persons.  The filing fee is $200.00 for the office of Mayor and $100.00 for all other offices.  The filing fee is payable by cash, debit, certified cheque or money order.

A nomination must be signed by the candidate and may be filed in person or by an agent at the Office of the Municipal Clerk for the Municipality of Centre Hastings. If a nomination for a candidate is filed by an agent, a letter must be submitted at the time of filing which authorizes the agent to file on behalf of the candidate. The letter must be signed by the candidate, and commissioned or notarized by a person authorized under the Commissioners for Taking Affidavits Act or Notaries Act. In addition to this letter, an agent must also provide a copy of the candidate’s ID to be retained on file.

At the time of filing, a Consent to Release Personal Information form and a Declaration of Candidates Qualifications form must be completed and signed by candidate and submitted.

Nominations will be accepted for the following offices:

Office Number to be Elected
Mayor One
Deputy Mayor One
Councillor Three

Nomination Endorsements (New for 2018)

Nominations must be endorsed by at least 25 qualified persons. A qualified person is someone who is eligible to vote in an election for an office within the municipality if a regular election was held on the day the person endorses the nomination. Nominations filed without the required endorsement signatures will not be accepted.

Candidate Qualifications

A person is qualified to be elected or hold office, who, as of the day they file their nomination is:

  • Resides in the local municipality, or is the owner or tenant of land in the local municipality, or the spouse of such a person
  • A Canadian Citizen
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Is not prohibited from voting as noted or otherwise, by law

Withdrawal of Nomination

If a candidate wishes to withdraw completely, the candidate must file a written withdrawal of their candidacy, by no later than 2:00 p.m. on July 27, 2018 (Nomination Day) in the Clerk’s Office.

Any withdrawals sent by mail, email or fax are not permitted, as it must be filed in the Clerk’s Office.

Campaign Period

The campaign period begins once a candidate has filed their nominations and ends on December 31, 2018.

No person who proposes to be a candidate may solicit or accept contributions for election purposes or incur campaign expenses until a nomination paper has been filed with the Municipal Clerk.

Upon filing, the candidate will receive the Estimated Maximum Campaign Expenses established by the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 and calculated by the Municipal Clerk.

Campaign Finance Contributions

Contributions to candidates by corporations and trade unions (including the contribution of goods and services) are prohibited in accordance with changes to the Municipal Elections Act for 2018. The maximum contribution that an individual may make to a candidate is $1,200. A contributor shall not contribute more than $5,000 to two or more candidates for office on the same council.

 School Board

 Candidates for school board offices are encouraged to contact the Director of Education of the respective school board or the Clerk responsible for the election of these positions.  Contact information is enclosed.

Voting Process

Centre Hastings will be utilizing internet and telephone voting for the 2018 Municipal Election.  Information on the specifics of Centre Hastings’ voting process is provided in a comprehensive policy and procedure manual aimed at making the election process consistent, compliant, reliable and transparent.

Key Dates

The attached list of key dates for the 2018 Municipal Election provides helpful information about the election process.  This is not a complete list and the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 should be referred to.

Resources

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH)

  • Municipal Election page on their website at http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page219.aspx
  • The Candidates’ Guide prepared by MMAH provides general information on the nomination and election process.

Municipal Elections Act

Please click on the links below to download the attachments:

 Nomination Paper Form 1

Endorsement of Nomination Form 2

CH Release of Personal information

Declaration of Qualifications Candidates

Key Dates

School Board Contact Information

 

 

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Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) are holding an online course for people who want to run for council. Click the link below for more details on the course, and how to register:

So You Want to Run for Council?