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    Voting Period is from 10:00 a.m. EST Tuesday, October 9, 2018 to 8:00 p.m. EST Monday, October 22, 2018

    VOTE 2018

    Voting is now Open!
    And will remain open until 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time Monday, October 22, 2018.

    If you have not received your Voter Instruction Letter (VIL) and have not already contacted the Seguin Municipal office please do so. The toll free telephone number for the Seguin Municipal Office is 1-877-473-6347 (1-877-4SEGUIN). Your Voter Instruction Letter will provide you with the necessary information you require to vote online or by telephone in the 2018 Seguin Election.


    Seguin Township will once again be implementing Internet and Telephone Voting for the 2018 Municipal Election in October, 2018. This system replaces the traditional polling place method and eliminates the need for advance polls and voting proxies. It also improves voter access and increases voter participation. As the election draws closer we will be including more information about the voting process on this page. In Seguin the Mayor is elected at large, which means all eligible voters choose from the same mayoral candidates when voting. Councillors are elected to represent one of six wards, one Councillor per Ward.

    2018 Voters' guide for Ontario municipal and school board elections (pdf)

    Notice of Election (pdf)

    List of Certified Candidates - Municipal Council (pdf)

    Candidates Contact Information (pdf)

    List of Certified Candidates - School Boards (pdf)

    Declaration of Acclamation to Office - Municipal Council & School Boards (pdf)

    Registered Third Party Advertisers (pdf) - This document will be updated as registrations are filed.

     Voters' List

    Notice is hereby given that in compliance with the Municipal Elections Act, lists of all persons entitled to vote in the forthcoming Seguin Municipal Election will be available on September 4, 2018 at the Township of Seguin Municipal Office 5 Humphrey Drive, Seguin.

    Electors should contact the Municipal Office (705) 732-4300 or attend in person to examine the Voters' List to ensure that their names and relevant information are correctly shown. Application may be made by any person for the purpose of making additions or corrections to, or deletions from the Voters' List to the Municipal Clerk. The Revision Period will commence at the opening of business on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and continue during regular office hours up to and including October 19, 2018. And from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. October 22, 2018.

    For further information regarding the October 22, 2018 Municipal Election contact the Municipal Office.

    Craig Jeffery,
    Clerk

    Eligibility to Vote (pdf)

     Key 2018 Election Dates
    • May 1 - Nomination period commences.
    • July 27 - Nomination Day/Close of Nominations. (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
    • July 30 - Certification of nomination papers before 4 p.m. - Acclamations after 4 p.m.
    • July 31 to September 1 - Receipt of Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) on a date between July 31 and September 1 of an election year as agreed upon by the Clerk and MPAC.
    • September 4    - Period for addition/correction of own name on voters' list (September 4 - October 22).    - Period of removal of deceased persons from the voters' list (September 4 - October 22).    - Deliver copies of voters' list to persons entitled.
    • October 9 to 22 - Internet & Telephone Voting open.
    • October 22 - Election Day.
    • December 1 - New Council Term Start Date.
     Nominations - Information for Candidates

    Nominations Filed Municipal Council (pdf) - This document will be updated as nominations are filed.

    Nominations Filed School Boards (pdf) - This document will be updated as nominations are filed.

    Note: There are significant changes to the nomination process for the 2018 Municipal Election. To be nominated for office in Seguin Township you are required to have endorsements for nomination. Candidates running for council in municipalities with more than 4000 electors must submit 25 endorsement signatures when they file their nomination paper. Read the 2018 Candidates' guide (link below) carefully.

    Eligibility to Run for Office (pdf) an excerpt from the 2018 Candidates Guide (see below for the Guide) for Ontario Municipal and School Board Elections prepared by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to provide information to candidates for the 2018 municipal and school board elections.

    Candidates Information Session Notice (pdf)  Information Session Presentation (pdf)
    Note: For further information on matters in the Information Session Presentation please refer to the 2018 Candidates Guide below.

    Notice of Nomination (pdf)

    Nomination Paper - Form 1 (pdf)

    Endorsement of Nomination - Form 2 (pdf)

    2018 Candidates Guide (pdf) for Ontario Municipal and School Board Elections. This Guide has been prepared by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to provide information to candidates for the 2018 municipal and school board elections.

    Financial Statement - Auditor's Report - Candidate - Form 4 (pdf)

    Ministry of Municipal Affairs Municipal Elections website - information on municipal and school board elections.

    So you want to Run for Council 1.0 - This updated for 2018 course provided through the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) will provide an overview of what you should know before you decide to run for municipal office and sign your candidacy. The course contains quotes from Ontario Municipal Councillors; links to relevant sites, materials, and Acts; and participatory elements such as short knowledge quizzes, and a learning journal which can be printed at the end of the course. Participants can either read and work through the various pages or listen to an audio version.

    Third Party Advertisers

    Prior to 2018, third party advertising was not regulated for municipal council and school board elections. Those who wanted to advertise or distribute materials supporting or opposing a candidate did not have to identify themselves, were able to spend unlimited amounts of money, and did not have to report their advertising or financial activities to anyone. Recent changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 created a framework of rules for third party advertising.

    What is third party advertising?

    Third party advertising refers to advertisements or other materials that support, promote or oppose a candidate, or support, promote or oppose a “yes” or “no” answer to a question on the ballot. Third party in this context is a person or entity who is not a candidate.

    Third party advertising is separate from any candidate’s campaign, and must be done independently from a candidate. Any advertisements or materials that are made and distributed by a candidate, or under a candidate’s direction, are part of the candidate’s campaign.

    Third party advertising is a way for those outside of the candidate’s campaign to express support of or opposition to candidates (or a “yes” or “no” answer to a question on the ballot) and to try to persuade voters to vote a certain way.

    A third party advertisement is an advertisement in any broadcast, print, electronic or other medium that promotes, supports or opposes a candidate, or a “yes” or “no” answer to a question on the ballot. Advertisement includes traditional ads as well as materials such as brochures or signs.

    What is not a third party advertisement?

    Activities that do not involve spending money, such as discussions or expressing an opinion about a candidate (or an answer to a question on the ballot) are not considered to be third party advertising.

    Examples include:

    • speaking to friends and neighbours.
    • posting on social media, such as Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
    • sending an email to a group or mailing list.

    Internal communications from an employer to their employees, a corporation to its shareholders, directors, members or employees or by a trade union to its members or employees are not considered to be third party advertising.

    Advertising about an issue, rather than a candidate or a “yes” or “no” answer to a question on the ballot is not considered third party advertising. For example, signs saying “Support local businesses” or “Keep the waterfront green” would not be third party advertising, even if a candidate has made those issues part of their campaign.

    Who can be a third party advertiser

    Only those who have registered can spend money on third party advertising. The following are eligible to register as a third party advertiser:

    • any person who is a resident in Ontario.
    • a corporation carrying on business in Ontario.
    • a trade union that holds bargaining rights for employees in Ontario.

    If 2 or more corporations are owned or controlled by the same person or people, or if 1 corporation controls another, they are considered to be a single corporation. If the same person or people own or control multiple corporations, only 1 of those corporations may register to be a third party in a municipality.

    Who cannot be a third party advertiser

    A candidate running for any municipal council or school board office cannot register to be a third party advertiser in any municipality.

    Groups, associations or businesses that are not corporations are not eligible to register and may not spend money on third party advertising in municipal elections. For example, neighbourhood associations, clubs or professional associations cannot register and cannot make contributions to third party advertisers. Members may register as individual third party advertisers and may contribute individually.

    Candidates in the provincial election cannot register. They may register after the provincial election, when they are no longer candidates.

    Federal and provincial political parties cannot register to be third party advertisers. Political parties are not permitted to be financially involved in municipal elections.

    2018 Guide for third party advertisers for Ontario Municipal and School Board Elections (pdf). This Guide has been prepared by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to provide information to those wishing to register as third party advertisers for the 2018 municipal council and school board elections.

    Ministry of Municipal Affairs Information Session Presentation (pdf)
    Note: For further information on matters in the Information Session Presentation please refer to the 2018 Guide for third party advertisers.

    Ministry of Municipal Affairs Municipal Elections website - information on third party advertisers.

     Ward Maps  & Find My Ward

    Find My Ward - use our interactive mapping application

    or zoom to Ward 1Ward 2, Ward 3, Ward 4, Ward 5, Ward 6

    Ward Maps (pdf)

    Wards 1 & 2 ( 9.99 MB)

    Ward 3 (2.91 MB)

    Ward 4 (6.55 MB)

    Ward 5 (2.62 MB)

    Ward 6 (2.30 MB)

    All Wards (13.70 MB)

     

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    Internet & Telephone Voting 

    Seguin Township will once again be implementing Internet and Telephone Voting for the 2018 Municipal Election in October, 2018. This system replaces the traditional polling place method and eliminates the need for advance polls and voting proxies. It also improves voter access and increases voter participation. As the election draws closer we will be including more information about the voting process on Seguin's website. In Seguin the Mayor is elected at large, which means all eligible voters choose from the same mayoral candidates when voting. Councillors are elected to represent one of six wards, one Councillor per Ward.

    FAQ from Intelivote (pdf) 

    Note: The demonstration videos below are generic and meant to demonstrate internet and telephone voting only. Seguin Township is not offering paper ballot voting in the 2018 Municipal Election.

    Internet Voting Demonstration Video

    Telephone Voting Demonstration Video