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 VOTE BY TELEPHONE AND INTERNET
2018 MUNICIPAL ELECTION

VOTING DAY IS OCTOBER 22, 2018

 The easiest way to have your say!

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

At its regular meeting held on February 6, 2017, the Council adopted By-law No. 13-2017, being a by-law to authorize the use of the internet and telephone voting methods for the 2018 Municipal Election to be held on 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 Municipality utilized the telephone and internet alternative voting method during the 2014 Election.

The telepone and internet voting system allows voters to vote over a period of several days.  This alternative voting method offer 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.

 

PRESS RELEASE - DECEMBER 21, 2017


TELEPHONE AND INTERNET VOTING

Election Policies and Procedures for the 2018 Municipal Election

INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES

Nominations

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

• Mayor - 1 to be elected - At Large
• Deputy Mayor - 1 to be elected - At Large
• Councillor - 1 to be elected in each of Wards 1, 2 and 3

The term of office for Members of Council is a four-year period commencing on December 3, 2018 and ending on November 14, 2022.

Getting Nominated

In accordance to the Municipal Elections Act, each candidate is required to submit signatures of 25 voters supporting their nomination.  Each supporter must sign a declaration stating their eligibility to vote in the municipality.  Nomination Papers and Signature Forms will be available on or after May 1, 2018.

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Nomination filing fees are refundable if the nomination is withdrawn.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.

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 to candidates from unions and corporations are prohibited in municipal elections but unions and corporations may participate as third party advertisers and contribute 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.

Thiird Party Advertising

Individuals, corporations and unions may register to be third party advertisers.  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.

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. 

 

INFORMATION FOR VOTERS

AM I 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 respresentative 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.


ARE YOU ON THE VOTER'S LIST?

All electors should ensure that their names and relevant information are correctly shown on the Voter’s List.

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (http://www.mpac.on.ca/) (MPAC) maintains the Voter's List for all Ontario municipalities.  MPAC makes revisions based on information they receive about owner or occupant for properties located within Thames Centre.

Before each municipal election MPAC provides the Municipality with a Preliminary Voter's List based on information obtained through its enumeration list.

Anyone on the preliminary Voters' List will receive a Voter Information Notice mailed by Southwest Middlesex well in advance of the election.


Adding or Removing Occupants

Adding or removing occupants from your property is your responsibility and can be easily completed and is most effective if completed at the earliest opportunity

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you may need to update occupancy status and/or school board support information for your property:

  • Did you move from a home you owned to a rental property?
  • Have your adult children permanently left home?
  • Do you have new tenants?

Notifying MPAC of occupancy changes will help to make our 2018 Voter's List more accurate which will save you time and make voting a smooth and easy process.

Voter LookUp is a program provided by MPAC and is anticipated to be available to the public in early 2018.  This is a simple way to add or remove property occupants and to update school board support information.

You may also contact MPAC through their Customer Contact Centre as follows:

London Ontario Assessment Office
Westmount Shopping Centre
Upper Level, Unit 252
785 Wonderland Road South
London  ON  N6K 1M6

or you may call them at 1-866-296-6722, use the online contact form, or live chat option through their website (http://www.mpac.on.ca/).

Please have your 19-digit roll number available.  Your roll number can be found on your Property Assessment Notice or municipal tax bill.

 

WARD MAP

Ward Map Of The Municipality of Thames Centre

By-law No. 93-2005 for Ward descriptions


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

The internet/telephone voting methods provides accessibility as an elector 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.

Comment can be shared by contacting the Clerk at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
or by Phone:  519-268-7334

RESOURCES

Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

Ontario Regulation 303/13

Municipal Act, 2001.

MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW....

 

If you have any questions regarding the 2018 Municipal Election, please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned.

Margaret Alexander, Clerk
Municipality of Thames Centre
4305 Hamilton Road
Dorchester, ON N0L 1G3
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Phone: 519-268-7334

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 2014 MUNICIPAL ELECTION

 

FINAL SUMMARY OF 2014 ELECTION RESULTS

Certifed Results for the Thames Valley District School Board and the London and District Catholic School Board

Official Statement of Votes for the Conseil Scolaire Viamonde and Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Mike Bontje

Jennifer Coghlin

Crispin Colvin

Kelly Elliott

Paul Hunter

Ed Lee

Jim Maudsley

Harold McCutcheon

Gary McMillan

Marcel Meyer

Chris Patterson

Angelo Suffoletta

Alison Warwick