Vote by Mail

Posted in Municipal Elections 2014


2014 Municipal Elections - Information to Voters

On October 27th, 2014 Municipal elections will be held in our municipality.  The elections are administered by the Municipal Clerk.

The deadline to file nominations with the Clerk is September 12th at 2:00pm

In this election you will be selecting the following representatives for the period December 1, 2014 to November 30, 2018.
Municipal Council
.....[one (1) to be elected]
Councillors....[four (4) to be elected]
School Board Trustees:
Sudbury Catholic District School Board - English Seoearate ...[one (1) to be elected]
Conseil Scolaire de district du Grand Nord de l'Ontario - French Public ...[one (1) to be elected]
Rainbow District School Board - English Public ...[one (1) to be elected]
Conseil Scolaire de district catholique du Nouvel-Ontario - French Catholic...[one (1) to be elected]

Before your can exercise your right to vote, your name must be on the Voters' List. How can you check? Its easy.  Check the website (add your name, correct or change information about yourself directly on that website) or check the list available at the Municipal Clerk's Office, in person or by phone. 
During normal business hours, up to and including Monday October 27th, 2014 you can apply to add your name, correct or change information about yourself on the Voters' List at the Municipal Clerk's Office.  You can add your name to the Voters' List by obtaining an Application to amend the Voters' List at the Clerks Office.  If your application is complete and the Clerk is satisfied that you are entitled to be an elector for the 2014 Municipal Election, the Clerk will endorse your application and return a copy of your application to you.  Your name will be added to the list and uyou will be eligible to cast your ballot.  If and when you attend the Clerk's Office to either add your name or to correct your information on the Voters' List please bring identification that shows your name, address and signature.

Can I Vote?
A person is entitled to be an elector at an election held in a local municipality if, on voting day, he or she
a) Resides in the local municipality or is the owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of such owner or tenant;
b) Is a Canadian Citizen;
c) Is a t least 18 years of old and;
d) Is not prohibited from voting under subsection 17 (3) or otherwise by law 2002 c. 17, 2002 c. Sched. D, s. 5 (2); 2005, c5, s46(1)
Who Cannot vote?
The following people are prohibited from voting:
1. A person who is serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institute.
2. A corporation.
3. A person acting as an executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity.
4. A person who was convicted of the corrupt practice described in subsection 90 (3). 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 convited. 1996,c.32, Sched., s. 17 (3); 2006, c.9 Sched H, s.4

On October 27th, 2014 eligible voters of the Corporation of the Municipality of Markstay-Warren will cast their ballot using the Vote by Mail voting method.  Ballots must be received by 8pm October 27, 2014.  Voters may choose to drop off their ballots at any post office or at the municipal office in markstay - 21 Main St South during regular office hours and on Election Day October 27, 2014 from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm.

What is Vote by Mail?
Vote by Mail is a method of conducting elections using the mail. It helps to eliminate the need for advance polls, or proxy voting. Essentially, every mailbox is transformed into a ballot box. When voting is as easy as mailing a letter, more people are likely to cast their ballots.

How does Vote by Mail work?
Data Fix  will print, address and mail kits to the voters on the Voters List. Once received, the voter completes the voter kit as per the instructions and deposits their completed kit in the mail. Canada Post then delivers the completed voter kits, including the cast ballots.

How does the voter cast his or her vote?
Step 1: The voter reads the instructions on the personalized sheet.
Step 2: The voter fills in the ballot, inserts it into the inner secrecy envelope and seals the envelope.
Step 3: The voter signs the voter declaration form.
Step 4:The voter inserts both the declaration form and the sealed inner secrecy envelope inside the yellow postage-paid return envelope and deposits it in the mail.

What about voters who inadvertently misplace their kit, or who are added to the Voters' List after the mailout?
These voters would be provided with a blank, or unaddressed voter kit. Typically, voters requring these kits would be required to present themselves at the election office, and sign a declaration stating that they are in receipt of an unaddressed (blank) kit.  proof of identity will also be required.

For further information regarding the above or any other election matters,  please contact the municipal office at (705) 853-4536.

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