Municipal General Election
Any persons interested in running for the 2023 Ward Two By-Election should keep the following dates in mind:
July 20th, 2023 - August 1st, 2023 - Persons interested in running must register with the municipal office, and then be nominated by at least two persons from the Ward Two voters list.
July 26th, 27th, 28th, and August 1st, 2023 - The municipal office will accept completed nomination papers.
August 3rd, 2023 - If more than one candidate is nominated, a declaration of a by-election is called.
August 30th, 2023 - Advance Poll
September 6th, 2023 - By-Election Date
The Province of Manitoba has created a Guidebook for any persons interested in running in the Election, that information along with other generic information in regards to voting and the election can be found here: https://www.gov.mb.ca/mr/mfas/print,elections.html or AMM – Association of Manitoba Municipalities | 2022 Municipal Elections Resource Hub.
If you have any other questions in regards to running for the election we encourage you to contact the Municipal Office and we would be happy to answer your questions.
There are also a variety of resources, documents, videos or presentations that help persons to understand what local government involves and what you should understand if you are interested in such. The following is a link to some videos provided through the Province of British Columbia.
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.
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.
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.
To ensure that your name is on the voters list, please contact the SEO at email@example.com.
Voters lists can be updated at any time, except for a specific period during an election. Voters lists cannot be updated from August 2nd, 2023 - September 7th, 2023 due to the Ward Two By-Election. Please ensure that any changes that must be made, are made, prior to that date.
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.
Ward Two By-Election Voting Information:
Polling stations will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on September 6th, 2023 at the Cowan Community Hall.
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 to be determined).
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.