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2018 Municipal Election

Municipal elections are the foundation of the local democratic process and are held every four years in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996. The last municipal election was held on October 27, 2014.

The next municipal election will be held in October, 2018 for the offices of:

  • Reeve
  • Councillor (2 per ward – Blyth, East Wawanosh, Wingham)
  • School Trustees for:
    • Avon Maitland District School Board
    • Huron Perth Catholic District School Board
    • French Public School Board
    • French Catholic School Board

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has a variety of resources available for candidates and voters relating to municipal elections.

Get Involved
You can get involved in local issues at any time by volunteering, staying engaged and sharing feedback with members of Council. The Municipal Election provides even more opportunity for engagement and helping to shape your community like:

  • voting - the most simple and powerful way to make your voice heard
  • running for office - if you want the chance to lead and make decisions
  • supporting a candidate - you can volunteer or donate to support a candidate

Internet and Telephone Voting
On December 5, 2016 the Council of the Township of North Huron adopted By-law 111-2016 authorizing the use of an alternative voting method, that being the Telephone/Internet Voting method to make the voting process:

  • Fast and Convenient - electors may cast their ballot from anywhere using a computer, smart phone, tablet or touchtone telephone, 24 hours a day throughout the voting period;
  • Reliable and Secure - internet and telephone voting is an innovative election method that has been used successfully in Ontario municipalities for over ten years and includes comprehensive security controls to ensure each ballot is secrete and protected;
  • Accessible - whether an elector is away on personal travel, suffering from an illness, working days or nights, has a disability or has difficulty travelling, they may cast their ballot from anywhere with an internet connection or telephone;
  • Environmentally Friendly - voters will no longer need to get in their cars and travel to polling locations, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and no ballots will need to be printed.

The internet voting method has been available to municipalities for more than 10 years and allows the elector to access the voting process from anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, for as long as the voting period is open. Telephone voting is comparable to telephone banking and is like internet voting but, electors make their selections by touchtone phone. Telephone voting is not compatible with rotary phones.

For the 2018 Municipal Election, eligible electors will be able to cast their ballot via Internet and Telephone. There will be no paper ballots. Please see the below videos for demonstration on how this will work.

Internet Voting

Telephone Voting

Qualifications to Vote
On Voting Day, a person is qualified to be an Elector if he or she:

  • Is a Canadian Citizen;
  • Is at least 18 years of age;
  • Resides in the Township of North Huron or is an owner or tenant of land in the Township of North Huron, or the spouse of an owner or tenant in the Township of North Huron; and
  • Is not be prohibited from voting because he or she:
    • Is serving a sentence of imprisonment
    • Is a corporation
    • Is acting as an executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity
    • Was convicted of a corrupt practice described in Section 90(3) of the Municipal Elections Act

It is the responsibility of the Elector to ensure they are a qualified elector.

The Municipal Elections Act places responsibility on the Clerk to have regard to the needs of the electors and candidates with disabilities. Accessible Customer Service Standards must be followed when conducting municipal elections. North Huron municipal elections will be conducted in a manner that shall ensure that Candidates and electors with disabilities have full and equal access to all election information and services, including the voting kiosk at the municipal office.

2018 Election Accessibility Plan

2018 Accessible Customer Service Feedback Form

Run for Office
Any person who is eligible to vote in the municipal election can run for office, except:

  • a municipal staff member must take a leave of absence to run in an election, or
  • an MP, MPP or Senator must resign to be on a municipal council.

Candidates can run for office by filing their nomination with the Clerk with the nomination filing fee ($200 for Reeve or $100 for all other offices).

Nominations will be accepted May 1, 2018 to July 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

The campaign period starts when a candidate files their nomination (between May 1, 2018 and July 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.) and ends on October 22, 2018. Candidates cannot accept donations, spend money or advertise until they file their nomination.

2018 Municipal Election Procedures
2018 Election Procedures Manual

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) has provided a course for potential municipal election candidates and what you need to know before running for office.

So You Want to Run for Council? - PDF Flyer

Sign up for the AMO "So You Want to Run for Council?"  here (opens February 28th)

Confirm you’re on the list to vote in the 2018 municipal and school board elections this fall - Click on the button or call 1-866-296-6722 to learn more.
Click on the button to ensure your information is confirmed/updated for this year’s municipal and school board elections at voterlookup.ca

2014 Municipal Election

CERTIFIED 2014 Municipal Election Results available here (PDF)

Report to Candidates Running in 2014 Municipal Election

NOTICE of NOMINATION for OFFICE - 2014 Municipal and School Board Elections

North Huron Council    
(to be elected from the entire municipality)
Councillor for the Byth Ward   Two
Councillor for the East Wawanosh Ward   Two
Councillor for the Wingham Ward   Two
School Board Representation    
Trustee for Avon Maitland District School Board
(representing North Huron, Howick and Morris-Turnberry)
Trustee for Huron Perth Roman Catholic Separate School Board
(representing Goderich, Howick, Central Huron, Ashfield/Colborne/Wawanosh, Morris-Turnberry and North Huron)
Trustee for French-Language Public School Board
(representing Regional Municipality of Waterloo, County of Wellington, County of Middlesex, County of Perth and County of Huron)
Trustee for French Language Separate District School Board
(representing Counties of Lambton, Huron and Bruce)

Other Resources

Procedures for the 2014 Municipal Election and Vote By Mail Process
Who Can Vote in a Municipal Election?
Are you on the Voters List?
Accessibility for Election
Application to Amend Voters' List Form
Ministry of Municipal Affairs - Nomination Form
Ministry of Municipal Affairs Candidate Guide 

Ministry of Municipal Affairs Voter's Guide