The next municipal election will be held Monday, October 24, 2022 

Elections for municipal government are held every four years, on the fourth Monday of October. The Legislative Assembly of Ontario passed Bill 81 in 2006, which set the length of terms in office for all municipal elected officials at four years. 

Who can vote in municipal elections? 

Anyone can vote in a municipal election who, on the day of the election, is: 

  • 18 years of age or older 
  • A Canadian citizen; and 
  • Either a resident of the municipality or a property owner or tenant or the spouse or same sex partner of an owner or tenant in the municipality during a specified time just before the election. 

Am I on the Voter's List? 

To make a change or correction to your mailing address, property owners can notify MPAC of changes online at mpac.ca under Making Changes and Updates.

Information for 2022 Candidates
  • Candidates must be residents of the municipality or a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the municipality or the spouse of such non-resident owner or tenant;
  • A Canadian citizen and at least 18 years old;
  • Not legally prohibited from voting;  and not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office.
  • Candidates will need 25 signatures on the nomination form and must pay a fee of $100 ($200 for mayor).
  • Nomination period is from May 2, 2022 to August 19, 2022. 
Notice of Nomination for Office
 Under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (s. 32), municipalities must provide notice of the offices for which persons may be nominated and of the nomination procedure. 

The Notice of Nomination for Office was issued on April 20th, 2022. 

Positions for which a Person may File a Nomination Paper for Municipal Office include: 

  • Mayor (One (1) to be elected at large)
  • Deputy Mayor (One (1) to be elected at large)
  • Councillor (Three (3) to be elected at large)

School Board Trustees Nominations (English, French, Public and Separate School Boards) include:

  • Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board - English Language Public School Board Trustee One (1) to be elected. Nominations shall be filed in the Brighton Municipal Clerk’s Office.) 
  • Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board - English Language Separate School Board Trustee. (One (1) to be elected. Nominations shall be filed in the Town of Cobourg Municipal Clerk’s Office.
  • Conseil Scolaire Viamonde - French Language Public School Board Trustee. (One (1) to be elected. Nominations shall be filed in the City of Oshawa Municipal Clerk’s Office, 50 Centre Street South, Oshawa).
  • Conseil Scolaire Catholique MonAvenir - French Language Separate School Board Trustee. (One (1) to be elected. Nominations shall be filed in the City of Oshawa Municipal Clerk’s Office, 50 Centre Street South, Oshawa).
Nomination Period and Process, Candidate Eligibility
 Eligibility

To be an eligible candidate for the 2022 Municipal Election, an individual must be: 

  • A Canadian Citizen 
  • Aged 18 years or older on the day of filing 
  • Must qualify as an eligible resident or non-resident elector on the day of filing. 

Nomination Period

A candidate may file their nomination papers during regular business hours from May 2, 2022 to August 18, 2022 and on Nomination Day - August 19, 2022 - from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

Nomination Process

Candidate Information packages will be available for pick-up at the Municipal Office at 1 Toronto Road, Colborne. Please make an appointment with the clerk in order to receive your package. The package will include all information in order to proceed with a nomination for the 2022 Municipal Election. While not required, scheduling a time to meet with the Municipal Clerk it is highly recommended to review the information and learn about the process.

The nomination of a person for a Municipal Council office must be endorsed by at least twenty-five (25) people. Those endorsing the nomination must be eligible to vote in an election for an office within the Township of Cramahe. 

When filing you must submit the Candidate package which includes the following:

  • Nomination Paper (Form 1) 
  • Endorsement of Nomination (Form 2). This form is required by Municipal Council candidates only. 
  • Declaration of Qualifications - Council (To be completed in the presence of the Municipal Clerk or Designate)
  • Consent to Release Information
  • Candidates Declaration - Proper Use of the Voters' List
  • Filing Fee - $200 for Mayor; $100 for Deputy Mayor, Councillors, School Board Trustees

When completing the forms, please read and follow all instructions.

A potential candidate must file nomination papers prior to receiving any campaign contributions and/or expending any funds on a campaign.

 Additional Forms

The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) has recently released the forms for the 2022 Municipal Election. When completing the forms, please read and follow all instructions on the form(s).

Additional forms specific to the Township of Cramahe will be made available on the Township website or for pick-up from the Municipal Office.

Please note that the nomination period begins on Sunday, May 1, 2022. However, electronic nominations are not being accepted at the Township of Cramahe therefore nominations will be received starting 8:30am on Monday, May 2, 2022 until 2:00pm on Nomination Day (Friday, August 19, 2022).

Nominations Filed 

Notice of Nominations filed will be released each day if a nomination is received by 4:00 P.M during the Nomination Period.

 

 

 Resources for Candidates

 

On Wednesday, April 27th the seven Northumberland County municipalities hosted a Candidate Information Session with a presentation by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. For those who missed the session but would like to watch, please visit youtube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FLzAQT7E5M

 Key Dates: 
 Monday, May 2

First day to file a nomination paper for the offices of Mayor, Councillor and School Board Trustee

- (1) Mayor - Township of Cramahe

- (1) Deputy Mayor 

- (3) Councillors - Township of Cramahe

  • once the nomination paper is filed with the Clerk, the candidate can start raising and spending money on their campaign
  • preliminary spending limit provided to candidates
  • preliminary contribution limit provided to candidates running for Mayor and Councillor (does not apply to School Board Trustee candidates)

 First day to file a notice of registration as a third party advertiser

  • a third party advertiser cannot raise or spend money on their campaign, nor begin advertising, until their registration is certified by the Clerk
  • preliminary spending limit provided to third party advertiser upon certification
 Friday, August 19th by 2 p.m.
 Deadline for candidates to:
  • file a nomination
  • withdraw a nomination
  • change office
 Wednesday, August 24nd by 2 .p.m.
  •  Last day for the Clerk to certify candidate nomination papers 
  • Additional Nominations may be certified (August 25th by 4 p.m. if the number of nominations filed for an office are less than the number of persons to be elected to the office.)
 Thursday, September 1
  •  Voters’ List available to candidates
 Monday, September 26
  • Final spending limits provided to candidates and registered third party advertisers
  • Final self-contribution limit provided to candidates running for Mayor and Councillor (does not apply to School Board Trustee candidates)
 Friday, October 21
  •  Last day to register as a third party advertiser
Documents and Resources
 Pre-Election Accessibility Report
 2022 Pre-Election Accessibility Report - Township of Cramahe
 Forms
To be updated. 
Information for 2022 Voters
Why switch to Telephone and Internet Voting? 

Like many other municipalities in Ontario, Council approved the switch to Internet-Telephone voting from mail-in ballots. There are many advantages to adopting this method of voting:

Efficiency: reduces printing, return postage fees, staff time for vote counting, and the amount of paper utilized.

Accessibility: Internet-Telephone Voting is a convenient option for electors allowing them to use their own devices and access their ballots anytime during the voting period, and from anywhere with Internet or Telephone access. 

Accuracy: Internet-Telephone voting uses electronic ballots exclusively reducing counting error from manual tabulations;

Automatic Tabulation: 100% of the results will be available shortly after 8pm on October 24, once all voters have completed their voting (if they logged in before 8pm).

Convenience: Many non-resident electors do not live in Cramahe, and therefore should be given the equal opportunity to vote as those who live here. Every elector will be able to vote from a location of their convenience. Also, compared to mail-in voting from years past, voters will no longer need to find a postal box, or rely on the postal service to ensure their ballot returned back to Town Hall.

 

No paper ballots are needed.

Voter Instruction Letter (VIL) and PINs to vote?

All qualified electors on the official Municipal Elector's List provided by the municipality.

Individual PINs will be mailed to eligible electors so that they are received approximately seven (7) to fourteen (14) days prior to the first voting day. Voting instructions will be included in the Voter Instruction letter mailed to each eligible elector on the official Elector List. Included in this information are instructions on how to access the voting system. Voters can cast their ballot using the telephone or cell phone by calling a toll-free number. Voters using personal computers will use the Internet to visit a website that will allow them entry into the voting system where they can cast their vote.

If you are an eligible elector and on the official Elector List, but you did not get a PIN in the mail by the start of the election period, you can request a replacement PIN. If the Election Official’s records indicate you were sent a PIN in the mail, then the original PIN will be disabled and cannot be used to cast a vote in the election. A replacement PIN will be issued to you if the original PIN has not been voted and you provide appropriate identification.

If you did not get a PIN in the mail, one of two things may have happened.  First, your name was not on the official Elector List. PINs are only mailed to electors whose names appear on the official Elector List as supplied by the municipality. Secondly, a PIN may have been mailed to you and it has been delayed for some reason in the mail system.

There is no registration required. During the election period, using your PIN, you can use either the telephone or the Internet to cast your vote.

If an elector loses or misplaces their PIN, they should contact the Voter Help Line. The Election Official can decide to replace the missing PIN if it has not already been voted. They will determine if a voter has to travel to a location, sign a form, and then replace the missing PIN, or they can decide to allow the Voter Help Line agent to authenticate the caller and issue a replacement PIN over the phone. In both cases, the original lost or missing PIN will be disabled, and it will not be able to be voted in the election.  

What if my name is not on the Elector List?

Eligible electors who are not on the official Elector List will have to go to a location designated by the Election Official and complete the required form to have their name added to the Elector List. Once this is completed you will be given a VIL by the Election Official. 

 

Completing your vote. 

Once I enter my PIN and start my voting process do I have to complete all ballots in one session?  For example, what if I am interrupted and must hang up the phone for some reason or, if I am voting using the Internet and must leave my session?

No, you do not have to vote all ballots at one time uninterrupted. You can disconnect from the Internet or the telephone and re-connect later, re-enter your PIN and any other credentials required and complete your voting activity at that time. In fact, if you find it more convenient, you can switch from one method to the other and complete your voting using the other method. For example, you can start your voting on the Internet and at some point close your Internet session, and then later re-start the voting process and re-enter your PIN and any other credentials required using your phone or cell phone and complete your ballot.

What happens if I access the voting system and am presented with incorrect candidates for my district?

The list of candidates presented to you as a voter is determined by your place of residence as defined on the Elector List. If you have moved and your new address was not updated on the Elector List, (and your Voter Instruction letter and PIN were forwarded to your new address), then you will see the list of candidates associated with your old place of residence. First, exit the system without voting the race with the incorrect candidates. You should call the Voter Help Line and the Election Official will authenticate you and, if satisfied, can then electronically “re-categorize” the PIN. The correct list of candidates will be presented to you once you re-connect to the voting system. 

What do I do if I am not sure if I completed a ballot?

During the voting period you can connect to the voting system and enter your PIN. If you have yet to complete all ballots assigned to you, the system will begin where you left off - at the next race you are eligible to complete. When you have completed voting all ballots assigned to you, entering your PIN online and any other credentials required in the voting system during the voting period will display a message containing your vote status. This message will advise if you have completed voting. You can also contact the Voter HelpLine to get more information. 

If I am using the telephone to vote, how will I know what number to press to vote for the candidate of my choice, or what if I make a mistake and select a different candidate than the one I want to vote for?

The Voter Instruction letter mailed to you has the list of candidates included on it for your reference purpose.  In addition, each time the system presents you with a race to vote for, it lists the eligible candidates running for that position and instructs you to select the corresponding number for that candidate. You may also clear your ballot selections and start over. 

Once a vote has been confirmed, can it be changed?

No. Once a vote has been confirmed it cannot be changed. This process is the same as dropping the ballot into the ballot box in a traditional paper-based election ensuring complete voter anonymity and secrecy of ballot. The system does not know how the ballot was voted; only that the PIN was used in the election to cast a vote and thus it cannot be removed from the vote count.

How do I vote if I am away from home, out of town, out of the province, or out of the country?
You can vote during the election voting period using the Internet from anywhere in the world.  You can also use telephone service and connect to the voting system toll free from anywhere in North America simply by dialing the toll-free number contained in your Voter Instruction letter.
What do I do if the phone line is busy when I call and try to vote?
If the phone lines are busy, simply hang up and call back a short time later. The voting system can handle a significant volume of calls simultaneously but there is always the possibility that many voters are attempting to call in the same timeframe. Voters will be able to connect to the system over the course of several days during the voting period. 
If I am a voter with a disability; deafness, blindness, or a mobility disability, can someone help me with the voting process?
Electronic voting allows increased right of privacy to voters with physical challenges that make traditional voting at polling stations more difficult. Blind voters can make use of the telephone and deaf voters can use the Internet to vote with little or no assistance required from others. If you need assistance at the polling station to cast your vote, the Election Official present will be able to assist you.
2018 OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS

Candidate Name

Date Nomination Filed

Position / Office

Contact(s)

Joanne Hyde
Clerk
Township of Cramahe
1 Toronto Street, Colborne
Ontario, Canada K0K 1S0
T.: 905-355-2821 x 222
Toll Free:: 866-293-8379
F.: 905-355-3430
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