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Elections

If you voted in the 2018 Municipal Election, you may recall the survey at the end of your session.   The intent of the survey was to evaluate the electronic voting experience and gather feedback on priorities for our community.   We are pleased to share that participation in this survey was above average – the best across Canada actually – with 36% participation rate.   Voters were very satisfied with voting online and had little concern about using this method.   Review the results, including questions about the second ice surface, budget priorities, and strategic plan priorities in the City of Kenora Internet Voting Report November 2018.

Facts and Figures

2018 Municipal Election Official Results

Mayor

Harlos, Lydia
Number of Votes: 395
Ranking: 2

Reynard, Daniel (Dan)
Number of Votes: 4729
Ranking: 1

Council

Carver, Lee-Anne
Number of Votes: 928
Ranking: 13

Chaze, Graham
Number of Votes: 2,434
Ranking: 7

Goss, Mort
Number of Votes: 2,781
Ranking: 2

Leek, Anthony
Number of Votes: 1,286
Ranking: 12

Lovas, Eric
Number of Votes: 1,450
Ranking: 11

McKay, Roderick (Rod)
Number of Votes: 1,667
Ranking: 9

McKibbon, Jennifer
Number of Votes: 2,006
Ranking: 8

McMillan, Malcom (Rory)
Number of Votes: 2,615
Ranking: 5

Pearson, Dale
Number of Votes: 508
Ranking: 14

Poirier, Andrew
Number of Votes: 3,394
Ranking: 1

Ralko, Kirsi
Number of Votes: 2,628
Ranking: 4

Smith, Sharon
Number of Votes: 2,721
Ranking: 3

Van Walleghem, Chris
Number of Votes: 2,435
Ranking: 6

Wasacase, Colin
Number of Votes: 1,538
Ranking: 10

Official Results and Nomination Papers Filed

Information for Electors

Information for Electors

Who is Eligible to Vote?
To be eligible to vote in the municipal/school board election, you must be:
a Canadian citizen; and
at least 18 years old; and
reside in the  City of Kenora or be the owner or tenant of land in the City of Kenora, or the spouse of an owner or tenant of land in Kenora.

Eligible electors should check to make sure their name is on the Voters’ List by visiting City Hall, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to fill out an Application to Amend the Voters’ List.

How to Vote
The voting methods are telephone and internet only.  Voters will receive a Voter Information Letter in the mail at the beginning of October 2018 with voting instructions using the telephone (dial toll free in Canada and US 1-877-342-0807 or outside of Canada 1-807-700-6887) and the internet link www.kenoravotes.ca.

Watch how to vote by Internet here.

Watch how to vote by telephone here. 

When to Vote
The Voting Period is from Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. until Monday, October 22, 18 at 8:00 p.m.

Who will get a Voter Information Letter with a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to vote in the election?
All qualified electors on the official Municipal Elector’s List provided by the municipality will receive a Voter Instruction Letter with a PIN.

What if my name is not on the Voters’ List?
If you are an eligible elector whose name is not on the official Voters’ List, you will have to attend City Hall to complete the required form to have your name added to the List. Once this is completed you will be given a letter containing a PIN and voting instructions.

When should I expect to receive my PIN in the mail?
Individual PINs will be mailed to eligible electors the week of October 1, 2018.

What if I don’t get a PIN in the mail by Election Day?
If you are an eligible elector and on the official Voters’ List, but you did not get a PIN in the mail by the start of the election period (October 9), 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.

Why would I not get a PIN in the mail?
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 Voters’ List. PINs are only mailed to electors whose name appears on the official Voters’ List as supplied by the City of Kenora. Second, a PIN may have been mailed to you and it has been delayed by Canada Post in the delivery.

Can anyone tell how I voted if they know my PIN?
No. The system does not track how a particular PIN has voted. It only tracks that the PIN has been used to cast a vote.

Once I have my PIN, do I have to register in advance if I want to use either the telephone or the Internet to cast my vote?
No. There is no registration required. During the election period (October 9 – 22) you can use your PIN to cast your phone either through the Internet or by telephone. However, once you have used the PIN by either telephone or internet, you will not be able to use it again to vote by another method.

What if I lose or misplace my PIN?
If an elector loses or misplaces his or her PIN, he or she should contact the Help Line number at 1-888-459-5102, email help@simplyvoting.com, or attend City Hall at 1 Main Street South, Kenora. The Election Official can decide to replace the missing PIN if it has not already been voted. You have to attend City Hall, sign a form, and then get a replacement letter with a new PIN. The original lost or missing PIN will be disabled to prevent it being used to vote in the election.

Do I need a special browser to access the Internet voting portal?
The following Operating Systems and browsers have been fully tested to work with the Internet voting portal:
Windows 7 or Windows 8 or MAC OS X 10.8 or later
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 or later
Mozilla Firefox for Windows – latest version
Safari 6 or later
Google Chrome for Windows or Mac – latest version

You may still be able to access the Internet voting portal from other operating systems and browsers. However, these have not been tested.

Can I vote with a smart phone?
You may vote using common smart phones, based on the Android, Blackberry and iOS (iPhone) operating systems that have access to the Internet.

Can I vote with a tablet?
You may vote using common tablets based on the Android and iOS (iPad) operating systems that have access to the Internet.

Once I enter my PIN and start my voting process do I have to complete all the races on the ballot in one session? For example, what if I am interrupted and have to hang up the phone or, if I am voting using the Internet I have to leave my session or my session times out.
Yes. You must complete the entire voting process in one session. If you are interrupted, you may go back into the Internet or telephone voting system and enter all of your selections. The manner in which the system works is that none of your selections are registered until you review all of your selections and click the confirm button. You then receive a message stating that your vote was received.

What do I do if I am not sure if I completed a race or ballot?
The system will either advise you that you have already voted and prevent you from logging into the system or it will let you log into the system and allow you to make your selections and to cast your vote. If you completed your voting – it will not allow you to log in again.

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?
If the vote has not been cast, you will be able to change your selection(s) to the preferred candidate. However, if you have confirmed your selection, your ballot is cast and cannot be changed.

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. This ensures 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. Therefore, 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 use dial the toll free telephone number and vote from anywhere in North America, 1-807-700-6887,

What if I have a rotary phone at home, no cell phone and don’t have a computer with Internet service. How can I vote?
You do not have to vote from home. You can vote from any location using any telephone with touch tone service or from any computer such as those at your public library or at City Hall.

If someone calls me and asks for my PIN, what should I do?
You should never give out your PIN to anyone. You should treat your voting PIN with the same level of secrecy and confidentiality that you would use for your bank card PIN.

What do I do if the telephone voting system line is busy when I call and try to vote?
This situation is highly unlikely as the voting system is capable of handling a significant volume of calls simultaneously. However, should it happen, hang up and call back a short time later.  Do not wait until the last minute to vote to ensure you don’t have any problems.

Could someone steal my PIN and vote using it?
Stealing and opening another person’s mail is illegal. It is also illegal to represent yourself as another person and steal their right to vote in an election. Both these acts are illegal and have penalties defined by law.  If you know someone has voted your PIN illegally you should report it to the Election Official. Contact the Help Line at 1-888-459-5102 or email help@simplyvoting.com for instructions on what your next steps would be.

If I am a voter with a disability; deafness, blindness, or a mobility disability, can someone help me with the voting process?
Electronic and telephone voting allows increased rights of privacy to voters with physical challenges. Today’s technology provides a variety of ways that persons with disabilities can more easily vote using the Internet or telephone voting systems. In many cases, the person with the disability has the required equipment to allow him or her to access either the telephone or Internet voting systems and to be able to cast their vote independently and privately.

Would it be possible for me to be sent more than one PIN?
If you received more than one PIN it is because your name appeared on the Elector List more than once. This rare situation might occur if you have recently moved and been enumerated in both locations or you own property and are the registered resident at both locations. You are only permitted to vote once in a municipality and you should only cast a vote using the PIN associated with your primary place of residence. Notify the Election Official of the additional PIN and he or she will disable this PIN rendering it unusable for the election.

What if I don’t want to vote by internet or telephone?
This municipal election has been decided to only run by internet or telephone. Should you require assistance with voting this way, or should you wish to attend an actual polling station you may attend City Hall at 1 Main Street South. However, your vote will still be cast by either using the telephone or the internet at City Hall.

City of Kenora City Hall (Council Chambers)
October 9-12, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

October 15-19, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

October 20, 21, 2018
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

October 22, 2018
8:30 a.m. –8:00 pm

*Survey*

After you have completed your Internet vote, please take the survey which includes questions about priorities for our community and the electronic voting experience.  Public feedback is important.  Your input is appreciated!

Paper copies are available at City Hall.

Information for Candidates

Information for Candidates

Who can be a Candidate?
To run for municipal office, you must be nominated and qualify.

To be a qualified candidate you must be:
a Canadian Citizen;
and at least 18 years old;
and reside in the City of Kenora or be the owner or tenant of land in the City, or the spouse of an owner or tenant of land in Kenora.

Who cannot be a Candidate?
A person who is serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institute;
A corporation;
A person acting as an executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity;
A person who ceases to be a Canadian citizen;
A person who is not a resident, the owner or tenant of land or the spouse of an owner or tenant of land in the municipality;
An employee of the municipality or local board unless he or she takes an unpaid leave of absence beginning the day the employee is nominated and resigns if elected to the office;
A person who is not an employee of the municipality but who is the Clerk, Treasurer, Integrity Commissioner, Auditor General, Ombudsman or registrar referred to in section 223.11 of the Municipal Act, 2001 or an investigator referred to in subsection 239.2 (1) of the municipality, or a person who is not an employee of the municipality but who holds an administrative position of the municipality;
A judge of any court; a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario or the Senate or House of Commons of Canada;
A public servant within the meaning of the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006;
A federal employee within the meaning of the Public Service Employment Act;
A person who is prohibited from voting in a municipal election according to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996or the Municipal Act, 2001;
A person who has violated financial requirements for filing financial information in the previous election;
A person who has been convicted of a corrupt practice under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 or of an offence under the Criminal Code (Canada) in connection with an act or omission that relates to an election to which the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

*Despite the above disqualification, MPs, MPPs and Senators may be nominated for municipal office without having to resign their current seat in parliament. However, by 2:00 p.m. on July 27, 2018 (Nomination Day), MPs, MPPs and Senators will be required to resign their current seat should they wish to continue to seek municipal office.

Nomination Process
Nominations will be accepted at the Municipal Office during regular business hours from May 1st, 2018 until 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 27th, 2018 (Nomination Day).

Nomination package must include:

School Board Candidates

Find out what school trustees do, how to become a trustee, how and where to vote, who is running in your ward or region and everything you need to know about school boards at elections.ontarioschooltrustees.org.

School board candidates should submit a profile to TrusteeCandidateInfo@oesc-cseo.org, including your name, school board, and ward.  A photo, a brief biography, email address and website address may also be submitted with your profile.

Additional Resources for Candidates

2018 Candidate Guide

About MPAC

Election Signs City of Kenora By-law

Ontario School Trustee Guide – Making A Difference For Kids

Ontario School Trustee Poster – Change the Future