WHAT AM I REALLY VOTING FOR?
Municipal governments are the closest government to the people, they are often misconstrued as they are generally made up of friends, neighbors or colleagues, but municipal government is very important for our communities. This form of government is given a broad range of powers from the Provincial Government and those elected to the council are required to follow those guidelines, but also set the course for future planning within the communities.
Municipal governments have the responsibility to understand the needs and wants of the residents and then provide, maintain, or increase services and programs within the communities. They provide governance in the way of new policies or programs. They determine the best use of local funds and what the future of the local communities should look like.
WHERE OR HOW CAN I VOTE?
Polling stations will be open from 8 am to 8 pm on Wednesday, October 26th, 2022 for all those within the RM of mountain to cast their votes.
If you are unable to attend the polling station on that date, there will be an advance poll held prior to election date (date and location TBD).
For those that are not able to attend a polling station in person, they are encouraged to contact the SEO as soon as possible and sign up for mail in ballots. Ballots will be prepared after the close of nominations, and will be mailed out to all those who wish to vote through this avenue. Ballots MUST be returned by 8 pm October 26th, 2022 in order to be counted.
The voters lists are now being prepared for the 2022 General Municipal Election, and changes can be made up until September 20th, 2022. To ensure that your name is on the list, please contact the SEO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are concerned about personal information being obtained through the voters list, please contact the SEO to have your name obscured from the voter’s list. A personal security certificate will be issued to you in order to allow you to vote but protect your personal information that is regularly displayed on the voters list.
WHAT IF I OWN LAND IN MULTIPLE WARDS? CAN I VOTE IN EACH?
You are only able to cast one vote for a Council Member and one vote for a Reeve during the general municipal election. If you own land in multiple wards, but live in one ward you MUST vote in the ward you reside in.
If you are a non-resident and own land in multiple wards, please contact the SEO to inform them which ward you wish to vote for. If you do not inform the SEO of the voters list you wish to be on, you will be assigned one by the SEO.
MULTIPLE NON-RESIDENT VOTERS
If you are a non-resident and have more than two persons on title to your land, only two title holders are able to vote in the election. It is the responsibility of these title holders to appoint two persons to be added to the voters list.
A letter will be sent out to all non-resident voters to ensure they are aware of this requirement.