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Vote Wednesday October 24

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Election Calendar

 

 


July 26
First day to apply in-writing to vote by sealed envelope/personal security voting in writing

Sept 12 - Sept 18
Nomination Period

Sept 26
Apply to vote by sealed envelope/personal security voting in person

Oct 10
Advanced Polls at City Hall Main Foyer

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Q. When do municipal elections take place?

A. Manitoba municipal elections are held every four years. The general Election Day is always the fourth Wednesday in October. The next general municipal election will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. 

 

Q. Who is the Senior Election Official (SEO)?

A. The Senior Election Official (SEO) is the person appointed by the municipality to exercise general direction and supervision over the conduct of municipal elections. In the past, this person was called the Returning Officer. The SEO will be your primary contact person should you have any questions about municipal elections, such as voting place locations, alternative voting opportunities, nominations, questions about the voters list, etc.. The SEO for the City of Brandon and the Brandon School Division is Melanie Powers.

 

VOTERS

Q. Who is eligible to vote in a municipal election?

A. There are two types of voters that are qualified to vote in a municipal election.

 Resident Voters: In order to qualify as a resident voter, a person must be:

  • A Canadian citizen;
  • At least 18 years of age on Election Day; and
  • A resident of the local authority for at least six months on Election Day.

 

Persons with no fixed address may vote in a municipal election. If the person has no ordinary or "fixed" residence in the local authority, they are deemed to reside at the shelter, hostel or other similar institution that most frequently provides lodging, food or other social services.

 

Non-resident Voters: In order to qualify as a non-resident voter, a person must be:

  • A Canadian citizen;
  • At least 18 years of age on Election Day; and
  • A registered owner of land in the municipality for at least six months on Election Day.

 

If there are more than two non-resident property owners for a single property, a maximum of two can vote in a municipal election. In order to vote, each voter must obtain written consent from the majority of the registered property owners, and file this with the Senior Election Official.

In the case of ward elections, a voter must vote in the ward where they reside, even if they own property in more than one ward. If a property owner does not reside in the municipality, but owns property in more than one ward, the person must apply to the Senior Election Official to designate their voting ward. The voter must choose a ward before the voters list is closed to revisions, or the Senior Election Official will choose a ward on the voter’s behalf.

 

Q. I don’t live in the City of Brandon, but I own property - can I vote?

A. If you are a resident of Manitoba, own property in the municipality, and are otherwise qualified to vote, you may be able to vote in the municipal election as a non-resident property owner.

 

If you own property with other non-resident property owners, only two of you can vote. You must obtain written consent from the majority of the other property owners and file this with the Senior Election Official in order to vote.

 

Q. For school division elections, if I don’t reside in the school division, but own property - can I vote?

A. No, for school division elections, you must be a resident of the school division to be eligible to vote. Non-resident property voters may only vote in municipal elections. 

  

Q. I live in one ward and own property in another. Can I vote in both?

A. No, you may only vote once in an election within a municipality. If you live in one ward and own property in another ward, you must vote in the ward where you reside.

  

Q. I own property in two wards in the City of Brandon - Can I vote in both wards?

A. No, you may only vote once in an election within a municipality. If you own property in two wards, you must notify the Senior Election Official of the ward where you would like to vote. If you do not choose a ward at least six weeks before Election Day, the Senior Election Official will choose one for you. 

 

Q. I live in one municipality, and own property in another municipality. Can I vote in both municipal elections?

A. Yes, if you are qualified as a resident voter in one municipality, and are qualified as a non-resident property owner in another municipality, you can vote in both municipal elections.

  

Q. My property is registered in the name of a corporation. Am I qualified to vote as a non-resident owner in the municipal election where that property is located?

A. No, the owners of a corporation or a company do not quality to vote in a municipal election as non-resident owners. Unless you are a resident of that local authority, your property must be registered in your name and not in the name of a corporation before you qualify to vote.

  

Q. I am a member of a First Nation, living on reserve. Can I vote in a municipal election?

A. Persons residing within a First Nations reserve are not residents of any municipality, and are therefore not qualified to vote in a municipal election. First Nations reserves are excluded from municipal boundaries, as set out in the Municipal Status and Boundaries Regulation (567/88 R). However, if you reside on a First Nations reserve, but own property in a municipality, you are entitled to vote as a non-resident property owner.

 

ELECTION DAY 

Q. Do I need identification in order to vote?

A. A voter may be asked to produce identification before being given a ballot by the voting official if there are questions about the voter's eligibility. All voters should bring identification with them to the voting place, or when requesting a sealed envelope ballot in person. Even voters who request a sealed envelope ballot in writing must submit photocopies of their ID when applying to vote. Acceptable identification includes an official document issued by the federal, provincial or municipal government that contains the voter’s name, address and photograph or at least two documents that provide evidence satisfactory to the election official.

  

Q. Do I get time off work to vote in a local election?

A. No. Voting places are open from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. to provide enough time to vote. In addition, the law requires municipalities to provide at least one advance voting opportunity, as well as a sealed envelope voting opportunity. There are plenty of additional opportunities so that people who are unable to vote on general Election Day are still able to vote.

  

Q. If I am not on the voters list, can I still register to vote on Election Day?

A. Yes, any qualified voter who is not on the voters list can vote on Election Day. However, you will be asked to provide photo identification when registering to vote, so ensure you bring acceptable identification with you to the voting station. If you are not sure of the voting station you are to attend, contact your local municipal office.

  

Q. Am I allowed to look at the voters list?

A. A voter is only entitled to view his / her own personal information on the voters list to determine whether it is correct. Voters may contact their Senior Election Official to find out a good time to view their information, if interested. Only candidates, their official agents and election officials are entitled to view the full voters list, and the information on the voters list may be used for election purposes only.

  

Q. How will I know where to vote?

A. Notice will be given of the locations of voting places in the local newspaper. Keep your eye on the paper prior to Election Day, or phone your Senior Election Official.

  

If a voter accidentally spoils their ballot, can they request a replacement ballot?

Yes, if a voter accidentally spoils their ballot paper, it can be returned to the voting official and the person will be given another ballot. The returned ballot is immediately marked "spoiled" and is placed in a special envelope for spoiled ballots.

  

Q. Can I take someone into the voting compartment with me?

A. Yes. A voter with a physical disability or who has difficulty reading may ask the voting official to allow another person to help with marking his / her ballot. The "friend of the voter" must be at least 18 years of age, must not have assisted more than one other person, and must take an oath that he / she will preserve the secrecy of the vote. In addition, any election official may assist a voter that requires help marking his / her ballot.

  

Q. How can a visually impaired or blind person be assisted in marking their ballot?

A. A template should be available to assist a visually impaired voter in marking their ballot. The template allows the voter to mark the ballot by lining up the template circles over the ballot, and marking the appropriate circle for the candidate of their choice. The election official may be asked to assist the voter in getting to and from the voting compartment, but must leave the voting compartment while the voter marks the ballot (unless the voter requests further assistance from the election official).

In addition, the voter may wish for an election official or friend to accompany him / her to the voting compartment to assist in marking the ballot according to the voter’s wishes.

  

Q. How many voters may a person assist in marking their ballot?

A. Except for an election official, who may assist as many voters as required, a person may assist no more than two voters in marking their ballot.

  

Q. I have difficulty understanding the voting official because I am not fluent in the language being spoken. How can I be assisted in marking my ballot?

A. The Senior Election Official may appoint an interpreter to assist at voting places. If the Senior Election Official knows that there are a large number of voters who speak a language other than the one being used at the voting place, the Senior Election Official may decide to appoint an interpreter. If no interpreter is available, the voter may ask for the assistance of an election official when voting.

  

ALTERNATIVE VOTING OPPORTUNITIES

  

Q. I won’t be here on Election Day - how can I vote?

A. Local authorities are required to hold at least one advance voting opportunity between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and can choose to offer additional opportunities. The Senior Election Official will set a date for advance voting, which can be anywhere between the day when ballots are printed up until 48 hours before Election Day. The Senior Election Official must give public notice of the date and location so that voters are informed of the advance voting opportunity. Contact your Senior Election Official or local municipal office for more information. 

 

Advance Voting Opportunities in this election will be:

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, City Hall – Main Foyer
  • Thursday, October 18, 2018, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, City Hall – Main Foyer
  • Saturday, October 20, 2018, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, City Hall - Main Foyer

  

Q. Can I vote by mail?

A. Yes, interested voters should contact the Senior Election Official to obtain an application form. Voters may apply to the Senior Election Official to vote by sealed envelope either in person, by mail or by fax. Remember to apply early enough so that you can return the marked ballot to the Senior Election Official by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. 

 

If applying in person, be sure to bring appropriate ID with you. Ballots should be ready to pick up in person 28 days before Election Day.

 

If applying by mail or by fax, you will be required to submit a photocopy of identification with the application. Voters may apply up to three months before the election, and a sealed envelope ballot package will be sent to the voter when ballots are ready. If you apply more than twelve days before the election, the sealed envelope ballot package will be mailed to you. If less than twelve days remain between the day you apply and Election Day, the Senior Election Official will discuss with you the best delivery method to ensure the ballot reaches you in time to return it by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. 

 

The last day to apply to vote by sealed envelope is Friday, October 19, 2018, 5:00 pm.

  

Q. Can I vote through the Internet?

A. No, Internet voting is not available in Manitoba.

 

 

Brandon Votes
Brandon electors vote to elect their Mayor, Councillors, and Public or Separate School Board Trustees on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 for the 2018-2022 term of office.
Contact Info

410 - 9th Street
Brandon, MB R7A 6A2
P. 204. 729. 2236
brandonvotes@brandon.ca