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2018 Municipal Election

Municipal Elections take place every four years in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act. The next regular Municipal Election to elect a Mayor, Councillors and School Board Trustees will be on October 22, 2018. The next term of Council begins on December 1, 2018 and ends in November, 2022.

Are you thinking about running in the upcoming municipal or school board election? Wondering what is involved? Not sure who to ask?

Oxford’s municipalities are once again partnering on a candidate information session for new and returning candidates. New rules and requirements for Third Party Advertisers will also be covered.

The information session will take place:

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.

Oxford County Administration Building – Council Chamber

21 Reeve Street, Woodstock, ON

The session will include a presentation by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and features MPAC (Municipal Property Assessment Corporation) representatives as invited guests. Each of Oxford’s municipalities will be on hand to take part in break-out sessions following the presentations to provide more specific information for candidates and third party advertisers.

A person is entitled to be an elector at an election held in the Township, if on Voting Day the person is:

  • A Canadian citizen;
  • At least 18 years old;
  • Residing in the Township or an owner or tenant of land in the Township, of the spouse of such owner or tenant; and
  • Is not otherwise prohibited from voting.

Between April and August, 2018 municipal enumerations will be conducted by MPAC in order to prepare a preliminary list of electors for the Township. If you have moved since the last election in 2014 or have not confirmed your citizenship through MPAC, you may not be on the list. The Township encourages all voters to participate in MPAC’s 2018 municipal enumeration.

Township Council approved the use of Internet and Telephone voting methods for the 2018 Municipal Election. These voting methods will replace the Vote-By-Mail method used during the 2014 Municipal Election. Internet and telephone voting is fast and convenient and will give voters the opportunity to cast their ballots from anywhere using a computer, smart phone, tablet or touchtone telephone, 24 hours a day throughout the ten day voting period.

Whether an elector is away on personal travel, suffering from an illness, working days or nights, has a disability or difficulty travelling, they may cast their ballot from anywhere with an internet connection or a telephone. Additionally, 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 preinted which reduces the amount of paper needed for the election.

Telephone voting is comparable to telephone banking and is like internet voting, however voters make their selections by touchtone phone. Telephone voting is not compatible with rotary dial phones.

During the voting period Township staff will be available to help voters by phone or at the Voting HElp CEntre to check to see if they are on the voters list, add or amend their information on the list, use a computer to vote or to answer any questions about the election or voting process.

The nomination period for the next Municipal Election opens on May 1, 2018 and closes on Nomination Day, July 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. A Candidate for Municipal Office must, upon nomination, be a qualified municipal elector in the Township and fulfill the following requirements:

  • Live in the Township of South-West Oxford, be an owner or tenant of land in the Township, or the spouse of an owner or tenant;
  • Be a Canadian citizen;
  • Be at least 18 years old on Voting Day;
  • Not legally prohibited from voting or disqualified by any other legislation.

For the upcoming Election, new requirements under the Municipal Elections Act require that anyone wishing to run for office as a member of Council submit signatures of at least 25 eligible voters supporting their nomination to run for office.

Campaign periods being when candidates file their nomination papers and end on October 22, 2018. Candidates may not accept donations, spend money or advertise until their file their nomination.

If you are interested in running for office, you are encouraged to view the Candidates' Guide prepared by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

More information for candidates and electors will continue to become available over the next few months. Questions may be directed to Julie Forth, Clerk at 519-485-0477 ext. 223 or clerk@swox.org

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