Elections and Voting

The Final Results of the call for the R.M. of Corman Park nominations for the office of Reeve and Councillor Division 1, 3, 5 and 7 are:


Reeve Harwood, Judy (Incumbent) Acclaimed
Division 1 Germs, John (Incumbent)
Acclaimed 
Division 3 Hadiuk, Lyndon Elected
  Mervold, Sherry Defeated
Division 5
Beauchemin, Ken (Incumbent) Defeated
  Pruim, Arthur  Elected
Division 7
Janzen, Joanne (Incumbent) Acclaimed 


Detailed information for voters and candidates is available on this site and will be updated regularly.



Municipal Election Day

The R.M. of Corman Park will be holding a municipal election on October 26, 2016 for the Reeve and odd-numbered Councillor Divisions.


Important Dates

September 1, 2016 Mail-in voting applications available.
September 1, 2016
 Nominations open at 8:30 a.m.
September 21, 2016   Nominations close at 4:00 p.m.
September 22, 2016  Final date for withdrawal of candidates, at 4:00 p.m.
October 21, 2016  Advance poll
October 25, 2016
 Last day to pick up mail-in ballots, at 5:00 p.m.
October 26, 2016
 Deadline date for receipt of mail-in ballots, at 8:00 p.m.
October 26, 2016
 Election Day, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
November 2, 2016
 All election signs and posters to be removed


Candidate Guide – Election 2016

For governments to be representative of, and responsive to, the needs of their constituents, their make-up should reflect the demographics of the constituency. This guide contains answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding election procedures and many important facts that candidates must understand. (Link to 2016 Candidate Guide)

For detailed information that will assist potential candidates, go to the following site:
https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/municipal-administration/elections/running-for-municipal-office


Running For Municipal Council - What You Need To Know
The Ministry of Government Relations has developed a new document aimed at informing citizens of the requirements and process of running for municipal council. 
The “Running for Municipal Council:  What you need to know” is geared towards individuals who may be interested in or considering running for council in the upcoming municipal election.  The intent of this document is to better inform citizens of the process of running for council and  to provide a brief overview of what they can expect should they be successful in their quest of municipal office.  
The document is also available on the website at:  
http://publications.gov.sk.ca/documents/313/93984-Running_for_Municipal_Council-What_you_need_to_know.pdf




Nomination - Candidates

Nominations for candidates for office are for the following:
 


Reeve
Division 1
Division 3
Division 5
Division 7 

The term of office for all members of council is four years, which typically commences at the first meeting following the election.


Nomination Period

Nominations will be received at the R.M. of Corman Park Office located at 111 Pinehouse Drive, Saskatoon, during normal office hours from Thursday, September 1, 2016 until Wednesday, September 21, 2016, prior to 4:00 p.m. local time.  Nomination forms may be obtained from the municipal office, or through the R.M. website.  


Nomination Form

The nomination form for Reeve must be signed by two eligible voters of the R.M. of Corman Park and in the case of the nomination form for Division Councillor, must be signed by two eligible voters of the Council Division in which the candidate is seeking election.

The nomination paper must be duly completed, signed and accompanied by the candidate’s signed acceptance and delivered to the R.M. of Corman Park Office located at 111 Pinehouse Drive, Saskatoon prior to 4:00 p.m. local time on September 21, 2016.

Nomination Forms
(Link to Reeve Nomination PDF form)
(Link to Councillor Nomination PDF form)


Candidate Information

In order to be eligible to run for election for Reeve or in any one of the open divisions, a person must meet all of the following conditions:

  • At least 18 years of age on the date of the election (October 26, 2016)
  • A Canadian Citizen
  • Eligible to vote in the municipality (See Voter Eligibility)
  • A resident of Saskatchewan
  • Not disqualified from being nominated by The Local Government Elections Act, 2015 or any other Act

A person cannot be nominated or elected as:

  • A Councillor for more than one division; or
  • A Councillor of a division and the Reeve of the municipality

A member of Council whose term of office expires with the upcoming election is not required to resign from his or her current position to seek election.

Disqualifications

Persons who are not qualified to be nominated or elected as a member of Council include:

  • A judge of a court; and
  • The auditor or solicitor of the municipality

Before seeking nomination to Council, employees of the municipality, employees of any board or commission appointed by R.M. Council, or employees of a board of education must first obtain a leave of absence in accordance with subsection 80(2) of The Labour Standards Act.  If the employee is successful in being elected to Council, the person is deemed to have resigned from his or her employment on the day before he or she was elected.  Unsuccessful employee candidates are entitled to resume their employment when the leave of absence expires.

Persons having an interest in a contract with the municipality are not disqualified from holding office as a member of Council.

Powers and Duties

Candidates have the right to:

  • Be in the polling place to observe proceedings while voters are voting.

-       In addition, each candidate may have two agents in attendance at each polling station to observe voting procedures;

-       Candidates and agents may enter and leave the polling place at their pleasure during the hours the poll is open. 

Candidates and/or Agents may:

  • Object to the entitlement of any voter intending to vote;
  • Examine a voter’s evidence of identity and residence;
  • Request verification of vouching procedure;
  • Be in the polling place when it closes to observe the ballot count;
  • Object to a decision made by the deputy returning officer to count or reject a ballot;
  • obtain a copy of the Deputy Returning Officer's Statement of Results;
  • affix their own seal to the ballot box after ballots have been counted;
  • request a recount, if statutory conditions exist; and
  • attend a recount.

Candidates or agents do not have any authority to:

  • directly question a voter; or
  • attempt to influence a voter.

Each candidate may appoint one or more agents in writing, using the prescribed from provided by the municipality after the close of nominations.


Voter Eligibility

An eligible voter is entitled to vote only once for Reeve and only once for Division Councillor in the division he or she is entitled to vote in, notwithstanding they may meet more than one of the qualifications.

A person is qualified to be registered as a voter in a rural municipality if he or she on the day of the election:

  • is 18 years old;
  • is a Canadian citizen;
  • has not already voted in the election; and
  • immediately preceding the day of the election meets at least one of the following criteria:

a) has resided in the rural municipality for at least the last 3 consecutive months;

b) is the registered owner of land in the rural municipality or the purchaser of land in the rural municipality under a bona fide agreement for sale;

c) is assessed as an occupant of any land in the rural municipality pursuant to a lease, licence, permit or contract in agreement with the registered owner;

d) is assessed with respect to an improvement in the rural municipality;

e) is the holder of a permit in the rural municipality with respect to a trailer or mobile home;

f) is the spouse of a person described in clause (b), (c), (d) or (e);

g) is the chief executive officer of a duly incorporated co-operative, corporation or religious association that is assessed on the last revised assessment roll with respect to property in the rural municipality that is not exempt from taxation.


Voter Identification

All voters must provide identification to be eligible to vote. The purpose of the voter identification is to provide proof of identity and to establish residency. Government-issued photo identification is your best option but there are other alternatives available to you.

Option I:

One original piece of identification that includes your photo, name and address.
The identification must be issued by a federal, provincial, or municipal government, such as a Saskatchewan Driver’s Licence.
If your identification does not meet these criteria it will not be recognized as an acceptable form of photo identification.
If you do not have a driver’s licence, you may obtain photo identification from Saskatchewan Government Insurance at little or no cost.


Option II:
Two original pieces of information, both of which must contain your name and at least one that contains your address. Examples of acceptable identification options include a utility bill issued to you within the last six months, and a credit card statement.

Option III:
If you do not possess any form of acceptable identification you may have another voter vouch, or provide assurance of your identity and address, for you. In this case, the following requirements must be met:

  • You must be accompanied by another voter who has acceptable identification.
  • The voter who is vouching for you must be entitled to vote in the Municipality
  • A form to vouch for another voter must be completed. These forms are available at the polling station.
  • No voter shall vouch for more than one person in an election unless the persons to be vouched for are living at the same address as the voucher and are related to the voucher in one of the ways set out in the list of an acceptable voucher.
  • The person who has been vouched for at an election shall not vouch for another person at that election.
  • No election official shall vouch for the identity of any person.
  • No candidate or candidate’s agent shall vouch for the identity of any person.


Click here for a complete list of voter’s that can vouch to establish another voter’s identity. 


Voting - Election Day

Eligible voters can vote at the polling station set up within the municipality. The Notice of Vote will be posted following the close of the nominations and will include details about the location of polling places. The polling stations will open from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, October 26, 2016.

Notice of Vote


Voting - Advance Poll

Eligible voters can vote at the advance poll that will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2016, to be held in the R.M. of Corman Park Office located at 111 Pinehouse Drive, Saskatoon.  Voting at the advance poll is conducted in the same manner as a regular poll.

Voting – Mail-in Ballot

Eligible voters can also participate in the 2016 municipal election by mail-in ballot.

Starting on September 1, 2016, eligible voters can apply to vote using a mail-in ballot. Applications must be made in person at the R.M. of Corman Park office located at 111 Pinehouse Drive, Saskatoon, prior to 5:00 p.m., on October 25, 2016. (The day prior to Election Day).

When applying, the eligible voter must also complete a voter’s registration form and produce the necessary voter identification.  Photo identification, such as a Saskatchewan driver’s licence, is the best option but there are other options available.

Once election ballots are available, a ballot package will be mailed to the eligible voter at the address provided on the application.  It will contain:  

  • A ballot;
  • Instructions on how to complete and return the ballot package; and
  • A return envelope.

In order for a mail-in ballot to be counted, it must be received by the Returning Officer (at the R.M. office) by 8:00 p.m. on October 26, 2016. 

Once a mail-in ballot has been provided to the eligible voter, the voter is deemed to have voted in the election.

The voter’s registration forms, declarations of persons requesting mail-in ballots, and voter confirmation envelopes and certificates may be inspected by candidates or candidates’ agents at the election office at the R.M. office during normal business hours starting on the day following nomination day and ending at the close of polls on Election Day. Candidates or their agents have the right to object to a person’s entitlement to vote.

Notice of Mail-in Voting


Electoral Divisions

 

How to determine your electoral division

On the tax notices mailed out in July of 2016 it identifies which division a property owner is entitled to vote. In addition, a list will be posted in the R.M. office of all assessed land owners and the division in which they vote. 

The division in which a person is eligible to vote is determined by the first applicable clause:

  1. The division where the voter resides:
  2. The division where the voter owns assessed property; or
  3. The division where the voter holds a permit as the occupant of a trailer or mobile home.

Electoral Division Map

(Link to Councillor Division Map)


Polling Stations

On Election Day 

Wednesday, the 26th day of October, 2016

Division No. 3

Eligible voters can vote for the office of R.M. of Corman Park Division No. 3 Councillor at the: 

The Glen at Crossmount, SE 29-35-5 W3

(3 miles south of the City on Hwy 219)

 or

 Corman Park Municipal Office, 111 Pinehouse Dr, Saskatoon

 

 

Division No. 5

Eligible voters can vote for the office of R.M. of Corman Park Division No. 5 Councillor at the:

 Brian King Centre, 202 8th Avenue North, Warman

 or

 Corman Park Municipal Office, 111 Pinehouse Dr, Saskatoon

 

Eligible voters can vote at the advance poll OR they can also participate in the 2016 municipal election by mail-in ballot

Note an eligible voter:

  •  must be 18 years of age, 
  • must be a Canadian citizen, 
  • can only vote once for Division Councillor in the division he or she is entitled to vote in, and 
  • to qualify to vote, the entitled voters are required to provide evidence of identity and residence.



Information and Legislation Available


Inquiries

Further information regarding the election, including polling locations and times will be made available after the closing date for nominations.  For any questions or concerns not addressed within the below documents, please contact the R.M. office for more information.

Phone 306-242-9303 or email to rm344@rmcormanpark.ca