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Ottawa’s municipal election 2014 underway All the info voters – and candidates – need to know as campaign season kicks off Laura Mueller
News - Ottawa citizens won’t go to the polls until Oct. 27, but the 2014 municipal election is already underway. The last municipal election in 2010 amounted to something of a housecleaning. Ten new faces appeared around the council horseshoe and six incumbents lost their bids for re-election. In addition to 20 candidates for mayor, a total of 110 people vied for 23 council seats. Turnout in the last election was down: 44 per cent of eligible voters, or 269,547 people, cast ballots, compared to 55 per cent in the prior election in 2006. BECOMING A CANDIDATE
Nominations opened Jan. 2 and will continue until Sept. 12, which is also the final day nominations can be withdrawn. Anyone age 18 or older can run in the election if: • They are a resident of Ottawa
or an owner or tenant of land in the city. Spouses of landowners and tenants are also eligible. • They are a Canadian citizen who is not prohibited from voting by law. A candidate must file nomination papers in person or by an agent acting on his or her behalf. The signed hard copy must be filed at the elections office at city hall or at any city client service centre. There is a $200 fee to run for mayor and a $100 cost to file a nomination for city councillor or school board trustee. Councillors each earned $93,999 in 2013, while the mayor’s salary was $168, 102. In addition to the mayor’s seat and council positions for all 23 wards, school board trustees for the four local school boards (public and Catholic English and French boards) will also be elected. Council must pass a bylaw by Sept. 27 to set advanced voting dates. Any candidates who are unchallenged will be acclaimed on Sept. 15 after 4 p.m.
Nomination papers and all other election information – including a list of nominated candidates – can be found at ottawa.ca/vote. VOTER ELIGIBILITY
The qualifications for electors are the same as for candidates: you must be a Canadian citizen at least 18 years old who is not prohibited by law from voting, and you must be an owner or tenant of land in Ottawa or the spouse of someone who is. The city’s voter list is compiled with information from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. It can be viewed at the city hall elections office or any city client service centre, where you can also fill out an application to be added to the list. Revisions to the voters list can be made after Sept. 2. Voters will need to show one piece of identification that lists your Ottawa address, like a driver’s license or an Ontario photo health card, at the polling station on election day. That can also include a utility bill , pay cheque stub or campus residence documentation. DONATIONS
Citizens who donate $25.01 or more to a municipal candidate’s cam-
paign can qualify to receive money back under the city’s contribution rebate program. The program is meant to encourage citizens to participate in the election. Candidates, their spouses and dependant children are not eligible, nor are corporations or trade unions.
In addition to the mayor’s seat and council positions for all 23 wards, school board trustees for the four local school boards (public and Catholic English and French boards) will also be elected. The rebates start at 50 per cent for contributions up to $100. Donations of more than $100 qualify for rebates of $50 plus 25 per cent, to a maximum of $75. CAMPAIGN RESTRICTIONS
The Municipal Elections Act prohibits incumbent candidates from using public dollars to sponsor cam-
paign materials; however, the restriction isn’t meant to restrict elected officials from routine communication with constituents. Starting 60 days before election day, there is a complete ban on spending taxpayer-funded council office budgets on ads, flyers or newsletters. That doesn’t apply to emergency events, a community issue that arises or an annual community event. City employees, including councillors’ staff, can participate in any election campaign provided the volunteering is done outside of work hours and doesn’t use city resources. No election signs can be placed on private property until Aug. 28 or on public property until Sept. 27. Signs must be at least 50 centimetres away from sidewalks or the shoulder of the street, or two metres away from the edge of a roadway. Campaigning isn’t allowed at voting places; however, if the poll is on private property such as an apartment building, only the common areas are considered to be part of the polling station. Signs are allowed to be placed in windows or on balconies of those buildings on election day. All signs have to be taken down within 48 hours of election day.
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