Election 2018


2018 MUNICIPAL ELECTION

VOTE BY TELEPHONE AND INTERNET

VOTING DAY IS OCTOBER 22, 2018

 

Vote ANYwhere, ANYtime during the voting period, by telephone or an electronic device

- Cast your vote without leaving your house
- Avoid lineups
- It's convenient and easy


OCTOBER 15th at 9 am to OCTOBER 22nd at 8 pm

Eligible electors may also attend the Voter Help Centre to vote.  The Voter Help Centre will be open during the voting period on the following dates and times: 
- October 15, 2018 to October 19, 2018 between the hours of 9:00 a.m.
  and 4:00 p.m.
- October 20, 2018 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
- October 22, 2018 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

The following three (3) guides are available from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs:

The Candidate's Guide
The Registered Third Party Advertiser's Guide
The Voter's Guide


At its regular meeting held on March 20, 2017, Council adopted By-law No. 9 of 2017, being a by-law to authorize the use of the internet and telephone voting methods for the 2018 Municipal Election to be held on Monday, October 22, 2018.  The deadline to pass by-laws authorizing the use of alternative voting, such as by mail or by internet, and vote counting equipment was May 1, 2017. 

The Township of Adelaide Metcalfe utilized the telephone and internet alternative voting method during the 2014 Election.

The telephone and internet voting system allows voters to vote over a period of several days.  This alternative voting method offers more convenience and accessibility as it gives the voter access to the voting system from home or from virtually anywhere in the world, through the use of a personal computer, mobile phone or tablet.

Media Release - December 2017


NOMINATIONS FOR CANDIDATES

Nominations for the following offices can be filed from May 1, 2018 to Nomination Day, being July 27, 2018.

  • Mayor - 1 to be elected
  • Deputy Mayor - 1 to be elected
  • Councillor - 3 to be elected
  • Trustee, Thames Valley District School Board - 2 to be elected
  • Trustee, London District Catholic School Board - 1 to be elected
  • Trustee, Conseil Scolaire Viamonde - 1 to be elected
  • Trustee, Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence - 1 to be elected

The term of office is a four-year period commencing on December 1, 2018 and ending on November 14, 2022.


2018 Municipal Elections Candidate Information Sessions

Thinking about running for your local council? Candidate information sessions are available to those considering running for the 2018 municipal elections.

A presentation from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs organized by local clerks of Middlesex County on April 5, 2018 highlighted what candidates should know about the Municipal Elections Act, including campaign finances, and highlighted the roles and responsibilities of council and council members.

Click here to view the PowerPoint Presentation as presented by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

Remember, the next municipal election will be held Monday, October 22, 2018. Candidates will be able to file nomination papers from Tuesday, May 1, 2018 up until 2 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018.

Voting for the 2018 municipal elections will once again be conducted through telephone and internet voting in Adelaide Metcalfe, Lucan Biddulph, Middlesex Centre, North Middlesex, Southwest Middlesex and Thames Centre.


Filing Fees

Candidates must pay a filing fee when they submit their Nomination Papers.  The fees are as follows:

Head of Council:   $200.00

All other Offices:   $100.00

Nomination filing fees are refundable if the nomination is withdrawn.  Candidates are also entitled to a refund of the filing fee if they submit their campaign financial statement by the deadline.

Withdrawal of Nomination

A candidate who wishes to withdraw his or her nomination must notify the Clerk in writing before 2:00 p.m. on July 27, 2018.


Are You Interested in Running in the 2018 Municipal Election?

AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) is offering training for those interested.

Click here for more information.  Cost is $75.00 (HST included)


Campaign Finance

A candidate does not have to open a bank account if they do not raise or spend money.

The Clerk provides all candidates with estimated and final spending limits.

Contributions by corporations and trade unions to candidates are prohibited in municipal elections however corporations and trade unions can be third party advertisers and make contributions to third party advertisers.  The same contribution rules will apply to third party advertiser campaigns as to candidates.

Anonymous and cash contributions cannot exceed $25.00.  Contributions over $25.00 must be made in a way that links the contributor's name and account with the payment.  Candidates must inform contributors of contribution limits.

If goods sold to raise funds are sold for $25.00 or less, that amount is considered campaign income, not a contribution.  Donations under $25.00 received at fundraising events are not contributions.

Third Party Advertising

The Municipal Elections Act now includes a framework for third party advertising. The framework will come into effect on April 1, 2018, so that the rules will be in place for the 2018 municipal election. A third party advertisement is a message in any medium (billboard, newspaper, radio, etc.) that supports or opposes a candidate.

Individuals, corporations and unions may register as third party advertisers.  Third Party advertisers will need to register with the municipality where they want to advertise.  If they want to advertise in more than one municipality, they will have to register with each municipality.  Registration begins on the first day for filing nominations (May 1, 2018) and ends on the Friday before voting day (October 19, 2018).  There is no registration fee.

Third parties may advertise in support of or in opposition to any candidate being elected by voters in the municipality and are required to identify themselves and provide mandatory information on all advertising.

Third party advertisers are required to follow the same campaign finance rules as candidates.

Candidates and third party advertisers are required to identify themselves on campaign advertisements and signs, so that it is clear who is responsible for each sign and advertisement that appears or is broadcast.

Further information and registration packages will be made available prior to May 1, 2018.

Financial Filings

Candidates for office are required to submit financial details of their campaign.  Candidates are entitled to a refund of the filing fee if they submit their campaign financial statement by the deadline.  A candidate who misses the filing deadline may file within a 30-day grace period, provided a $500 late filing fee is paid to the municipality.   A candidate may submit a financial statement to correct an error up until the filing deadline.  

The Clerk is required to make public a report of which candidates filed financial statements and which did not.


ARE YOU ELIGIBLE TO VOTE?

To be eligible to vote in the Municipal Election, a person must be:

- a Canadian Citizen;
- at least 18 years of age on Voting Day;
- a resident in the Municipality, or the owner or tenant of property in the Municipality, or
  the spouse of such owner or tenant; and
- not prohibited by law from voting.

The Municipal Elections Act has been changed to remove the requirement for voters to show identification with their signature.

Acceptable documents for Voter Identification

PROHIBITED FROM VOTING (section 17(3) of the Municipal Elections Act):

- a person who is serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution;
- a corporation;
- a person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity;
- a person who was convicted of the corrupt practice of bribery, if voting day in the current
  election is less   than five years after voting day in the election in respect of which he or
  she was convicted.


Eligible to vote? Visit voterlookup.ca to confirm you’re on the list to vote. Have your say. Log on today.  Click on the logo above to be directed to voterlookup.ca

Through voterlookup.ca, Township of Adelaide Metcalfe residents can find out whether they’re on the list to vote. Eligible electors can also update their information, add a name to an address, or change their school support.

voterlookup.ca is easy to use. To log in, all you need is your property address or assessment roll number and your full name and date of birth.


ACCESSIBLE ELECTIONS - We Want To Hear From You!

We welcome your feedback as to how we may improve accessibility for our voters and candidates with disabilities.

The Township of Adelaide Metcalfe has an Accessibility Policy in place.  The 2018 Municipal Election for Adelaide Metcalfe will be conducted with having regard to the policies as established.

The telephone and internet voting methods provides accessibility as an elector who is able to access the voting system from home or from virtually anywhere in the world, through the use of a personal computer, mobile phone or tablet.

The Voter Help Centre will be accessible to electors and candidates with disabilities.

Election Officials will be available for assistance at the Voter Help Centre during the voting period.


More information will follow in the coming months, if you have any comments or questions you'd like to share, please contact the undersigned:

Jennifer Turk, Clerk
Township of Adelaide Metcalfe
2340 Egremont Drive
Strathroy, ON  N7G 3H6
jturk@adelaidemetcalfe.on.ca This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Phone:  519-247-3687

RESOURCES

Municipal Elections Act, 1996

Ontario Regulation 303/13

Municipal Act, 2001

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