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Our Town Hall - Elections

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The Town of Prescott is governed by a Council of seven members - a mayor and six councillors, elected at-large every four years. The current term of Council is from December 1, 2018 to November 14, 2022 with the next election scheduled to take place on October 24, 2022.

Council is the formal municipal decision-making body of the Town of Prescott. Decisions made by Council have a direct impact on the residents of Prescott. While Council oversees the town's staff, operations, and services to ensure tax dollars are spent effectively and efficiently, their main role is to lead the town into the future through strategic planning and community development to create a safe, healthy, and economically vibrant community. 

Information regarding past elections can be found by clicking the tabs below.

 2018 Election
The Town of Prescott's last municipal election was held on Monday, October 22, 2018

Notice - Filing Financial Statements

March 29, 2019 is the last day, by 2:00 p.m., for all Candidates to file a Financial Statement and Auditors' Report for the reporting period ending December 31, 2018, or to notify the Clerk, in writing, of a filing extension received from the Superior Court of Justice.

 Financial Statements

Burton, Leanne

Dixon, Thomas

Iseman, Sandra

Jansman, Teresa

Laschinger, Fraser

McConnell, Lee

Shankar, Gauri

Todd, Brett

Zelayeta, Luis

 

 2014 Election
 

The 2014 Municipal Election was held on October 27, 2014.

 2014 Official Election Results
 Official Results
 Financial Statements

Mayor

Kelly Cole
Sandra Lawn
Brett Todd

Councillors

Leanne Burton
Jim French
Sandra Iseman
Teresa Jansman
Fraser Laschinger
Lee McConnell
Sharen Nera - Not Submitted
Mike Ostrander
Ray Young

 

 Information for Candidates

Individuals may consider running for one of the following offices:

Mayor – one (1) elected at large

Councillors – 6 (six) elected at large

School Board Trustee – one (1) elected per board

 

 Who can be a candidate?
 

A person is entitled to be a candidate for Mayor or Councillor if he or she:

  • is a resident of the Town of Prescott, or an owner or tenant of land, or the spouse of such an owner or tenant;
  • is a Canadian citizen;
  • is at least 18 years old; and
  • is not legally prohibited from voting.
 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 judge of any court, a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario or the Senate or House of Commons of Canada
  • a person who is prohibited from voting in an election according to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 or the Municipal Act2001
  • a person who has violated financial requirements for filing financial information in a previous election

* 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 Nomination Day, MPs, MPPs and Senators will be required to resign their current seat should they wish to continue to seek municipal office.

 Nomination Information
 

To run for the office of Mayor, Councillor, or School Board Trustee, candidates must file a prescribed nomination paper.  Candidates cannot raise or spend any money on their campaign until this nomination paper is filed. Nomination papers must be filed by the candidate, in person, or by an agent acting on the candidate’s behalf, at Prescott Town Hall, during regular office hours.  The nomination paper may not be faxed, mailed, or emailed, as an original signature is required. If an agent of the candidate is filing the nomination paper, the form must be fully completed prior to filing.

The candidate or the agent filing the nomination paper will be required to provide proof of identity.

Nomination Papers will be available online and can be picked up at Prescott Town Hall beginning May 1, 2018, at 9 a.m.

Nomination Papers can be submitted up until July 27, 2018, at 2 p.m.

Things needed for filing:

NOTE: Please visit the Clerk's Office for a complete Nomination Package.

Nomination Papers are public documents and are available for inspection in the Clerk’s Office.

 

Filing Fees

Candidates must pay a filing fee when they submit their nomination papers.  These fees must be paid at the time of filing – by cash, debit, or certified cheque.

  • The filing fee for a candidate running for Mayor is $200.
  • The filing fee for a candidate running for Councillor or School Board Trustee is $100.

Nomination filing fees are refundable if the candidate’s financial statement and auditor’s report are filed on or before March 29, 2019 at 2 p.m.

 

Withdrawal of Nomination

A candidate who wishes to withdraw his or her nomination must notify the Clerk in writing before 2 p.m. on  July 27, 2018. The candidate must file his or her withdrawal or statement in person and may be required to provide identification.

The candidate will still be required to submit a financial statement (due no later than March 29, 2019, at 2 p.m.) covering all financial transactions up to the time of the withdrawal.

Candidate Resources:

 Candidate Information Sessions:

 Candidate Information Session Video: https://youtu.be/uJRPeYgSRB4

  • Wednesday, April 4th â€“ Brockville – 6:00 pm, Brockville Memorial Centre, 1 Magedoma Drive, Brockville
  • Thursday April 5th â€“ Long Sault – 6:00 pm, 2 Mille Roches Road, Long Sault
  • Wednesday April 25th â€“ Lansdowne –  Lansdowne Community Building, 1 Jessie Street, Landsdowne
  • Thursday, April 26th â€“ Kemptville-  6:00 pm North Grenville Municipal Centre 285 County Road 44, Kemptville
 Information for Voters
 

The last regular Municipal Election to elect and Mayor, Councillors, and School Board Trustees was held on Monday, October 22, 2018.

Eligible electors casted ballots for the following offices:

  • Mayor – one (1) elected at large
  • Councillors – six (6) elected at large
  • School Board Trustee – one (1) elected per board
 Who can vote?
 

A person is entitled to vote in a municipal election if they are a qualified elector. That means, on voting day, you must be:

  • a resident of the Town of Prescott, or an owner or tenant of land, or the spouse of such an owner or tenant;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • at least 18 years old; and
  • not prohibited from voting by law.

An owner or tenant of non-residential property, or his or her spouse, is not eligible to vote for a School Board Trustee.

 Who cannot vote?
 

You cannot vote if you are:

  • a person 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; and
  • a person convicted of a corrupt practice for an election held within four years of voting day.
 Who can vote in a school board election?
 

In order to vote in a school board election you must be 18 years of age or older and a Canadian citizen. If you are a resident, property owner or tenant in the Township, you are eligible to vote for school board trustees. You are only allowed to vote for the same school board once.

If you are eligible to vote in a municipality because you are the owner or tenant (or spouse of an owner or tenant) of a commercial property, you are not eligible to vote for a school trustee.  

There are four different kinds of school boards in Ontario:

 

English-language public school board

This is the default - unless you are qualified to vote for a separate or French board, you will vote for the English public school board in your area.

 

English-language separate school board

You must be Roman Catholic and you must be a separate school board supporter or the spouse of a separate school board supporter. If your spouse is a Roman Catholic and you are not, you are not eligible to vote for the board.

 

French-language public school board

You must be Roman Catholic and you must be a separate school board supporter or the spouse of a separate school board supporter. If your spouse is a Roman Catholic and you are not, you are not eligible to vote for the board.

 

French-language separate school board

You must be a Roman Catholic and a French language rights holder and you must be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French separate school board. If your spouse is a Roman Catholic and you are not, you are not eligible to vote for the board.

 

“Supporter” refers to which school board the school portion of your property taxes goes to. The default is the public school system. In order to be a separate school supporter, you must direct your taxes to the separate school system. Contact the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (1-866-296-6722) for more information.

 

2018 School Board Trustee Representation

 

 Are you on the voters list?
 

The voters list is a list of eligible electors in the Town of Prescott.  During an election cycle, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for preparing the preliminary list of electors for each municipality and school board in Ontario. It is MPAC’s Municipal Property Assessment database of both property owners and tenants that is used to prepare this preliminary list, which aids in the preparation of the final voters list for Voting Day. Once municipalities have the preliminary list of electors, the revision period begins and electors may add their name or make changes directly at the “Voter Help Centre” – Prescott Town Hall, 360 Dibble Street West, Prescott, Ontario.

 

Voters should ensure that their names appear on the Voters’ List and that relevant information is correct.  To be added, deleted, or to make any other corrections, please visit or call the Clerk’s Office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. 

Please visit the Clerk’s Office at Town Hall or Call 613-925-2812 x6225 or x6209 to confirm your name is on the Voters’ List.

 

 How can I vote?
 

The 2018 Town of Prescott Municipal Election will be working with Intelivote Systems Inc. to provide eVoting services to eligible voters. This includes the convenience and independence of voting from anywhere via telephone, internet or in-person at the voting station during the October 15 – 22, 2018 voting period.  Voters will also have the choice of voting by paper ballot on Election Day at the voting station. Voters may attend at the voting station location throughout the voting period.

 

Internet Only

Advance Voting Period: October 15 to 19 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Town Hall, (360 Dibble Street West, Prescott)

 

Internet and Paper Ballots

Election Day - Monday October 22, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.:

Town Hall, (360 Dibble Street West, Prescott)

 

 

Common Voter Questions and Answers for eVoting

  

Voter Information Letter

Eligible and registered electors will receive, by mail, a Voter Information Letter.  This letter will contain your individual, confidential Voting PIN.

Individual PINS will be mailed to eligible voters approximately 5 days prior to the first voting day.

Voting instructions will be included in the voter letter mailed to each person on the Voters List. Included in this information are instructions on how to access the voting system.

The 2018 Town of Prescott Municipal Election will be working with Intelivote Systems Inc. to provide eVoting services to eligible voters. This includes the convenience and independence of voting from anywhere via telephone, internet or in-person at the voting station during the October 15 – 22, 2018 voting period.  Voters will also have the choice of voting by paper ballot on Election Day at the voting station.

 

 

 

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