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Friday, August 19, 2022 at 2 p.m. 

  •  Nomination papers are available online, but must be submitted in person.

You can only start campaigning after you file your nomination papers.

The Township of Blandford Blenheim will post the names of candidates online once they have been reviewed and approved by the Clerk. You can view them on the Candidate page here

  • No. The Clerk is required to certify each nomination after it has been filed and before the close of nominations. The Clerk will verify the candidate’s name is on the Voters’ List and therefore an eligible elector.
  • It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure they meet all the qualifications and file proper nomination papers. Each candidate should contact the Township Office to ensure that their forms are in order. Since the Clerk may examine the nominations papers after the nomination period ends and may reject them, a candidate may find that their papers have been rejected and are too late to file additional information or provide proof to the Clerk of their qualifications.

Monday, October 24, 2022

  • In person at your designated polling station
  • Internet and telephone voting are also available
  • Details on the voting period (including advanced voting) will be mailed to you with your Voter Information Card.
You may vote in the election if you reside in the municipality or are the owner or tenant of land or your spouse is a property owner or tenant here. You must be a Canadian citizen and 18 years old or older on election day.

In accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 a person’s residence is “the permanent lodging place to which, whenever absent, he or she intends to return”. The following rules apply in determining a person’s residence:

  • A person may only have one residence at a time
  • The place where a person’s family resides is also his or her residence, unless he or she moves elsewhere with the intention of changing his or her permanent lodging place
  • If a person has no other permanent lodging place, the place where he or she occupies a room or part of a room as a regular lodger or to which he or she habitually returns.

It is the responsibility of each candidate to ensure they are qualified to seek the office for which they are being nominated. If you are unsure, seek legal advice immediately. You will also be required to swear an oath of qualification when filing your nomination.

You must be eligible to run for office at the time of nomination and throughout the election. If you are elected, you must maintain your eligibility during your time in office.

Campaign provisions have been clarified to allow candidates to access apartment buildings, condominiums, non-profit housing co-ops or gated communities from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. in order to campaign. Landlords and condominium corporations will not be allowed to prohibit tenants or owners from displaying campaign signs in their windows. Here are the excerpts from the legislation:

Access to residential premises

   88.1  No person who is in control of an apartment building, condominium building, non-profit housing cooperative or gated community may prevent a candidate or his or her representative from campaigning between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. at the doors to the apartments, units or houses, as the case may be.

Display of signs at residential premises

   88.2  (1)  No landlord or person acting on a landlord’s behalf may prohibit  a tenant from displaying signs in relation to an election on the premises to which the lease relates.

Same, condominium corporations

   (2)  No condominium corporation or any of its agents may prohibit the owner or tenant of a condominium unit from displaying signs in relation to an election on the premises of his or her unit.

Exception

   (3)  Despite subsections (1) and (2), a landlord, person, condominium corporation or agent may set reasonable conditions relating to the size or type of signs in relation to an election that may be displayed on the premises and may prohibit the display of signs in relation to an election in common areas of the building in which the premises are found.

Same

   (4)  Despite subsection (3), no landlord, person, condominium corporation or agent may prohibit the display of signs in relation to an election in common areas of the building if space in the building is being used as a voting place.

The legislation regarding the rights of candidates to enter apartment buildings, condominiums, and non-profits for the purposes of canvassing can also be found in the Condominium Act, 1998, S.O. 1998, Chapter 19Residential Tenancies Act , 2006, S.O. 2006, Chapter 17 and Co-operative Corporations Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter C.35

No, you must file your nomination papers in-person at the Township Office.

The Voters’ List will be available to candidates on September 1, 2022. On the written request of a certified candidate for an office, the Clerk shall provide him/her/them with the part of the Voters’ List that contains the names of the electors who are entitled to vote for that office.

All nominations forms must be filed in-person at the Township Office located at 47 Wilmot Street South, Drumbo ON, N0J 1G0. Candidates will be required to pay the nomination fee, provide identification, and swear an oath at our office.

Third Party Advertisers must register with the Clerk between May 2, 2022 and October 21, 2022.

We have a Notice of Withdrawal form that you will be required to complete at the Elections Office (Municipal Office). This must be done before the close of nominations on August 19, 2022 at 2 p.m.

  • Tuesday, May 1, 2022
  • Candidates that are running for School Board Trustee offices must contact the City of Woodstock Clerk

Candidates will sign a declaration swearing that you will destroy the Voters’ List in an acceptable manner. If you would like to return your list to the Clerk’s Office we will ensure the list is destroyed on your behalf.

You may vote in the election if you reside in the municipality or are the owner or tenant of land or your spouse is a property owner or tenant here. You must be a Canadian citizen and 18 years old or older on election day.
A registered Third Party Advertiser is an individual, corporation or trade union that has registered with the Municipal Clerk of the municipality where they want to advertise. If they want to advertise in more than one municipality, they have to register in each municipality they plan to advertise. 
Third Party Advertisers are required to register prior to incurring any expenses for the appearance of a third-party advertisement and must comply with requirements including filing a financial statement, spending and contribution limits. A list of registered third party advertisers will be available from the municipality. Candidates in the municipal election may not direct a Third Party Advertiser.

If a student in the Township of Blandford Blenheim meets the general eligibility requirements they are entitled to vote in the Township of Blandford Blenheim municipal election.

When you file your nomination papers there will be a section for you to write down your name as you want it to appear on the ballot. If you normally go by a different name than your legal first name, you may use that name provided the Clerk agrees. You do not have to provide all of your names under Given Name(s) on the form. Only provide the one(s) that you want to appear on the ballot.

Voters will vote in person on the advance vote date, or on Election Day, Monday October 24th, 2022. 
If unable to vote in person, a voter may assign a proxy to vote on their behalf. 

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