Alternative Voting Method By-law

BY-LAW Number: 
2014-049
Summary: 

BEING A BY-LAW TO AUTHORIZE VOTING BY MAIL, OPTICAL SCANNING VOTE TABULATORS AND ELECTRONIC BALLOT MARKING EQUIPMENT FOR THE 2014 MUNICIPAL AND SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION


 
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WHEREAS Section 42 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 provides that a municipal council may pass by-laws: (a) authorizing the use of voting and vote-counting equipment such as voting machines, voting recorders or optical scanning vote tabulators; and/or (b) authorizing electors to use an alternative voting method, such as voting by mail or by telephone, that does not require electors to attend at a voting place in order to vote;
 
AND WHEREAS Council deems it appropriate and in the public interest to conduct Municipal Election using a “vote by mail” voting method;
 
AND WHEREAS Council deems it desirable to pass such by-laws and expedient to repeal the by-laws pertaining to previous municipal election;
 
NOW THEREFORE THE COUNCIL OF THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF COLLINGWOOD HEREBY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS:
 
  1. THAT By-law Number 2010-034 be hereby repealed.
     
  2. THAT the alternative voting method of “Vote by Mail” is hereby authorized for the 2014 Municipal Elections.
     
  3. THAT a Vote by Mail Kit will be provided to every person who qualifies to be an elector. The Kit will either be mailed or directly provided to each qualified elector.
     
  4. THAT every elector has the responsibility of completing the ballots in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 and the procedures authorized by the municipal clerk and this By-law and to return the completed vote by mail ballot kit to the Municipal Clerk’s Office by mail or to attend the Ballot Return Station(s) as established by the Clerk on or before 8:00 p.m. on Voting Day.
     
  5. THAT no advanced voting provisions other than Ballot Return Stations are applicable at Municipal Elections conducted in accordance with this by-law.  Ballot Return Stations means a voting place under the supervision of a Deputy Returning Officer where electors, who prefer to deliver or have delivered their ballots, directly into the care of the municipal clerk rather than forwarding their ballots by mail.
     
  6. THAT the Municipal Clerk shall prepare procedures and rules for the vote by mail municipal election and provide these procedures and rules to each candidate no later than June 1, 2014.
     
  7. THAT any person, corporation or trade union guilty of corrupt practices or contravening the provisions of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 or the procedures and rules as established in paragraph 4 of this by-law may be prosecuted pursuant to the provisions of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.
     
  8. THAT Council authorize the use of optical scanning vote tabulators for the purpose of counting votes for the 2014 municipal elections.
     
  9. THAT Council authorize the use of electronic vote marking devices for the purpose of provide alternative means to mark a ballot for persons with varying abilities at Ballot Return Station(s) as established by the municipal clerk in conjunction with the vote by mail election or traditional paper ballot.
     
  10. THAT this by-law come into full force and effect upon the final date of passing thereof and in force until it is repealed therein.
 
ENACTED AND PASSED this 26th day of May, 2014.
 
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MAYOR
 
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CLERK
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