2018 Municipal Election - October 22, 2018
*This Four Year Term of Office starts December 1, 2018 - November 14, 2022.
-First day to file a nomination - Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.
-Nomination Day Filing (last day to file) - Friday, July 27, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(Nominations or withdrawal cannot be accepted after 2 p.m.)
-Third Party Advertisers registration opens - May 1, 2018
-Certification of Nomination Papers completed by the Clerk - Monday, July 30, 2018
-Acclamation after 4:00 p.m. - Monday, July 30, 2018
-Voter's List available to certified candidates - approx. Thursday, September 4, 2018
-Telephone/Internet Voting will begin on Tuesday, October 9, 2018
-Third Party Advertisers registration closes - October 19, 2018
-Municipal Election Day - Monday October 22, 2018
-The Municipal office will be open from 8:00 a.m.until 8:00 p.m. for anyone wishing to use a device/laptop. We will have areas set up for internet voting which will be located inside the entrance to the Muncipal office.
Instructional Video ** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4_pWco2c7M#action=share
The only difference in the intstructional video is that Hastings Highlands will also be voting for a DEPUTY MAYOR At Large, the same as for MAYOR and up to FIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS and a SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEE.
*Please see the sub heading under this tab titled "Telephone and Internet Voting" for more info.
Electors in Hastings Highlands will vote electronically in the 2018 Municipal Election, by internet or telephone. There will be no paper ballot.
Electors in Hastings Highlands will be voting for a MAYOR at large, a DEPUTY MAYOR at large, 5 COUNCIL MEMBERS at large and a SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEE.
A Voter Information Letter will be mailed directly to electors in the month of October, providing a voter with a PIN which allows individuals to vote 24 hours a day beginning Tuesday, October 9, 2018 until Monday, October 22, 2018 up until 8:00 p.m. from any telephone or any device connected to the internet.
If members of the public wish to come into the Municipal office to use a laptop or a device that is set up for Electronic Voting, they may do so during Municipal office hours:
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - Friday, October 12, 2018 from 8:00 A.M - 4:00 P.M.
Monday, October 15, 2018 from 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - Friday, October 19, 2018 from 8:00 A.M - 4:00 P.M.
Monday, October 22, 2018 Election Day from 8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Monday, October 22, 2018 OFFICE DOORS CLOSE AT 8:00 P.M.
If you are not registered on the Voter's List, please make every attempt to come into the Municipal Office to get registered well before Election Day.
Who Can Vote?
You can vote in Hastings Highlands' municipal election if you are:
- a Canadian Citizen; and
- at least 18 years old; and
- a resident in the Municipality of Hastings Highlands; or
- a non-resident of the Municipality of Hastings Highlands but you or your spouse own or rent property in the municipality; and
- are not prohibited from voting under any law.
You may only vote once in the Municipality of Hastings Highland's municipal election regardless of how many properties you own or rent in the municipality.
An owner or tenant of non-residential property, or his or her spouse, is not eligible to vote for School Board Trustee.
Who Cannot Vote?
You cannot vote if you are:
- a person serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution;
- a corporation; or
- a person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity; or
- a person convicted of a corrupt practice for an election held within four years of voting day.
There is a special rule for students who may be living away from home while they attend school. If you are a student and consider your "home" to be the place where you live when you are not attending school, which means you plan on returning there, then you are eligible to vote in both your "home" municipality and in the municipality where you currently live while attending school.
Who can vote in a school board election?
In order to vote in a school board election you must be 18 years of age or older, and a Canadian citizen. If you are a resident of the Municipality, you are eligible to vote for school board trustees. If you are the owner or tenant (or spouse of an owner of tenant) of residential property in the Municipality, you are eligible to vote for school trustees. You are only allowed to vote for the same school board once.
If you are eligible to vote in a municipality because you are the owner or tenant (or spouse of an owner or tenant) of a commercial property there, you are not eligible to vote for a school trustee.
There are four different kinds of school boards in Ontario:
English-language public school board
This is the default - unless you are qualified to vote for a separate or French board, you will vote for the English public school board in your area.
English language separate school board
You must be Roman Catholic, and you must be a separate school board supporter or the spouse of a separate school board supporter. If your spouse is a Roman Catholic and you are not, you are not eligible.
French language public school board
You must be a French language rights holder, and you must be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French language public school board.
French language separate school board
You must be a Roman Catholic and a French language rights holder, and you must be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French separate school board. If your spouse is a Roman Catholic and you are not, you are not eligible.
"Supporter" refers to which school board the school portion of your property taxes goes to. The default is the public school system. In order to be a separate school supporter you must direct your taxes to the separate school system. Contact the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (1-866-296-6722) for more information.
Please be advised of the Amendments to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996
• Term of Office:
Change the term of office for the 2018-2022 term of council to end on November 14, 2022.
• Contribution Limits:
Raise the limit for contributions to a single candidate or third party advertiser from $750 to $1200, consistent with the provincial limits.
• Self-funding Limit:
Impose a self-funding limit for municipal council candidates based on the number of electors voting for the office, to a maximum of $25,000 per candidate. The formula for calculating the limit would be $7500 + $0.20 per elector for head of council, and $5000 + $0.20 per elector for other council offices.
• Exemption to the 25 Signature Requirement for Nomination to Council:
Candidates in municipalities with fewer than 4,000 electors will be exempt from the
requirement to obtain 25 nomination endorsement signatures through a regulation.
Currently, The Municipallity of Hastings Highlands has approximately 8,800 electors
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