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​​​​​​​Elections Q&A​​

Why have I heard so much about changes to this municipal election?

The Municipal Elections Modernization Act which passed in 2016 implemented many changes and revisions to the Municipal Elections Act which had not been significantly reviewed since its adoption in 1996.

Who can vote?

In order to qualify as an eligible elector, you must:

  • Reside in the Township of Oro-Medonte, or are the owner or tenant of land, or the spouse of such owner or tenant;
  • Be a Canadian citizen;
  • Be 18 years of age (as of Election Day) or older; and
  • Not prohibited from voting as outlined in s. 7(3) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 or otherwise by law. 

How do I register to vote in the Municipal Election?

Once the preliminary list of electors (PLE) is available, there will be a public notice to review, correct or add your name to the voters' list.

What is VoterLookup.ca?

The preliminary list of electors (PLE) that is used to formulate the voters' list is compiled and provided to municipalities by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). You can check if you are an elector at your current property or update your information at the link below:

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Why do I have to wait until May to file my nomination?

This is new for the 2018 municipal elections.

The nomination period has been shortened.  Previously, the nomination period ran from January 1 to the second Friday of September in the year of an election.  The nomination period for 2018 is from May 1 to July 27, 2018.

As a resident, how much can I donate to one candidate? Can I donate to multiple candidates?

An individual may contribute up to $1,200 to one candidate. You may donate to more than one candidate, however, total contributions to multiple candidates from one individual cannot exceed $5,000.

Does a candidate have to live in the ward they run for office in?

No. An eligible candidate for the Township of Oro-Medonte can run for office for either Mayor, Deputy Mayor, or for Councillor in any one of the five (5) wards.

When can election signs be posted?

 Municipal elections signs may be posted starting on September 15, 2018 as per By-law 2018-033​​​.
 
Why have I been asked to sign an endorsement?
 
This is new for the 2018 municipal elections.

As part of the nomination filing package of a candidate for council, they must include twenty-five (25) written endorsements of nomination for their position. A person endorsing a nomination must be an eligible voter in Oro-Medonte on the day to which the endorsement is made.

The Endorsement of Nomination forms are deemed to be public information, and may be made available to a requester. ​ ​

Can anyone use the Township logo in their campaign material?

 No, the Township's logo is protected, and the Township asserts copyright over its use.

 What is a Third Party Advertiser?

This is new for the 2018 municipal elections.

A third party advertiser (TPA) is any individual, corporation or trade union that advertise to support or oppose a candidate or a question on the ballot for the municipal election. A registered third party is subject to many of the requirements as that of a candidate including filing registration papers, expense limits, financial statements, and are subject to the municipal election sign by-law. No election advertising outside of a candidate or registered third party is permitted.

An example of a registered third party would include but is not limited to a business operating within the municipality.

Where can I find more information?

Municipal Elections are governed by the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.  You can view the Act on the Province of Ontario website. - LINK 

What is the Joint Compliance Audit Committee?

The Compliance Audit Committee is mandated by the Municipal Elections Act to review campaign finances of candidates and registered third party advertisers to ensure financial obligations within the Municipal Elections Act have been met.

For the 2018-2022 Term the Township of Oro-Medonte is participating in a Joint Compliance Audit Committee with other municipalities within the County of Simcoe.

How can I vote?

By telephone and internet from October 12 – 22, 2018.

By traditional paper ballot in Advance Polls only.

Can I view documents filed by a candidate or a TPA?

Yes.  All documents filed with the Clerk as part of a candidate's nomination or a TPA's registration are deemed to be public information, this includes the candidate's endorsement forms.

If an individual wishes to view this documentation, it is available to view in person during regular office hours of the clerk's office. Copies may be made in accordance with the Township's Fees & Charges By-law 2018-044 at the cost is $0.75/per page.

​After the close of the Nomination Period on July 27, 2018, this documentation will be made publicly available on the Township's website as soon as reasonably possible. ​