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By-Election 2017

Essex Council has adopted By-Law 1627 to formally approve holding a by-election to fill the vacancy in the position of Councillor Ward 3. The position was declared vacant by Council on July 4, 2017 following the resignation of Councillor Bill Caixeiro.

Election Day

Election Day is Monday, October 23, 2017.

Voting will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on October 23, 2017.

An Advance Poll for the Ward 3 By-Election will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Harrow and Colchester South Community Centre, 243 McAffee Street, Harrow, Ontario. Advance Polls will be equipped with Vote Tabulators with Ballot Marking Devices, which permit the independent casting of ballots by individuals with accessibility needs and those who cannot mark a paper ballot with a ballot marking pen.

On election night, results will be posted at the Harrow and Colchester South Community Centre (243 McAffee Street, Harrow). The community room will open at 7:00 p.m. Results will be released sometime after polls close at 8:00 p.m.

Nomination Day

The last day for filing nominations was Thursday, September 7. The list of candidates with contact information can be viewed on the Ward 3 By-Election Candidates page.

Voter Information

A person is entitled to vote in the 2017 By-Election for the Town of Essex if, on Election Day, he or she:

  • Resides in Ward 3 of the Town of Essex or is an owner or tenant of land in Ward 3, or is a spouse of such owner or tenant;
  • Is a Canadian citizen;
  • Is at least 18 years old; and
  • Is not prohibited from voting under Section 17(3) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, or otherwise by law.

The following persons are prohibited from voting:

  • Residents of Wards 1, 2 and 4;
  • A person who is serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution;
  • A corporation;
  • A person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity, except as a voting proxy in accordance with Section 44 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996; and
  • A person who was convicted of the corrupt practice described in section 90(3) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, if voting day in the current election is less than five years after voting day in the election in respect of which he or she was convicted.

Find out more by consulting the Ministry of Municipal Affairs' Voters' Guide for Municipal By-elections.

Method of Voting

The traditional paper ballot system with scan vote tabulators for counting ballots will be used for the Ward 3 By-Election.

Voters' List

The Voters' List is a list of persons who are eligible to vote in the 2017 By-Election. Persons on the Voters' List will be mailed a Voter Notification Card between September 26 and October 4. This card will advise you of the location where you vote. Please bring this card with you to the poll. It will help the Deputy Returning Officer to identify you as an elector and speed up the election process.

If you do not receive a Voter Notification Card by October 4, please contact the Clerk's Office at 519-776-7335, extension 1100 or 1101.

Application to Amend the Voters' List

If the information contained on your Voter Notification Card is incorrect, or if you think your name does not appear on the Voters' List, you will need to complete an Application to Amend the Voters' List. Please bring proof of Canadian citizenship (birth certificate, passport or citizenship card) along with personal identification showing place of residence (such as your driver's licence, health card or motor vehicle permit) to one of the following locations from Monday to Friday on or before October 20, 2017 during the office hours posted below:

  • Essex Municipal Office, 33 Talbot Street South, Essex (8:30AM to 4:30PM)
  • Harrow and Colchester South Community Centre, 243 McAffee Street, Harrow (9:00AM to 4:00PM)

Proxy Vote

If you are unable to vote at either the Regular or Advance Poll, you can appoint a proxy voter. Proxies must be on a prescribed form and certified by the Office of the Clerk. Proxy forms are available by contacting the Clerk's Office during regular business hours at 519-776-7336 ext. 1100 or 1101.

Candidate Qualifications

A candidate for municipal office must, upon nomination, be a qualified municipal elector and fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • A resident of the municipality, a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the municipality, or the spouse of such non-resident owner or tenant;
  • A Canadian citizen;
  • At least 18 years old;
  • Not legally prohibited from voting; and
  • Not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office.

A candidate, if nominated, must remain qualified throughout the election and, if elected, throughout the term of office.

The following persons are disqualified from being elected to a municipal office:

  • Any person not eligible to vote in the municipality;
  • An employee of a municipality unless he or she takes an unpaid leave of absence before being nominated, and resigns if elected to the office;
  • A judge of any court;
  • A member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, a Senator or a member of the House of Commons; or
  • An inmate of a penal or correctional institution under sentence of imprisonment.

2017 By-Election Candidate Financial Statements

All candidates are required to file a Financial Statement by no later than 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018.

Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee

Any elector who is entitled to vote in an election and believes that a candidate has contravened a provision of the Municipal Elections Act relating to election campaign finance can apply for a compliance audit of a candidate's financial statement.

In accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, Essex Council is required to have a Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee to consider compliance audit applications with regard to candidates' financial statements filed under Section 88.33 of the Municipal Elections Act for the 2017 By-Election.

Additional By-Election Materials