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2014 Municipal Election

Town of Goderich Election Plan

The Municipal Elections will be held October 27, 2014 for the following offices:

  • Mayor
  • Deputy Mayor
  • Five Councillors
  • English Public School Trustee
  • English Separate School Trustee
  • French Language Public School Board Trustee
  • French Language Separate School Board Trustee


Elections 2014 Calendar:

January 2, 2014 - Nomination and Campaign period commences.

September 2 - October 27, 2014 - Applications to revisions to the Voter's List will be undertaken 

September 12, 2014 - Nomination Day - 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Withdrawal of Nominations before 2:00 p.m. 

October 18, 2014 (10 am - 5 pm) and October 22, 2014 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) - Advanced Polls 

October 27, 2014 - Election Day - polls are open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Candidate Information: 

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as amended, requires every person who intends to be a candidate in the 2014 municipal elections to file nomination papers on or before Friday, September 12, 2014.

Nominations are made by completing and filing in the office of the Clerk, nomination papers on the prescribed form. Such nomination papers must be accompanied by the prescribed nomination filing fee of $200.00 for the position of Mayor and $100.00 for the position of Deputy Mayor or Councillor. The filing fee shall be paid in cash, certified cheque or money order, bank draft or Interac. A proposed candidate must produce identification when filing a nomination.

A nomination must be signed by the candidate and may be filed in person or by an agent during regular business hours between January 2, 2014 and September 11, 2014, and between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on September 12, 2014 (Nomination Day).

No person who proposes to be a candidate may solicit or accept contributions for election purposes; or incur expenses, until that person's nomination has been filed. A nomination must be certified by the Clerk, or designate, before such person becomes a certified candidate for the office for which she or he is nominated.

Please contact the Town Hall if you require further information. Nomination forms are available at the Town Hall, 57 West St.Goderich, ON.

Information for Voters:

The following information is for qualified electors in the Town of Goderich and some frequently asked questions. 

Eligibility to Vote 

To be eligible to vote in the Town of Goderich you must be: 

  • Canadian Citizen
  • At least 18 years old
  • Resides in the Municipality or is the owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of such owner or tenant. 

The following people are not entitled to vote: 

  • Any person who is not a qualified voter
  • A person who is serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution
  • A corporation
  • A person acting as an executor or trustee
  • A person who has been convicted of corrupt practices under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 in the last four years
  • Anyone who is prohibited, by law, from voting



Each person only has one residence. An individual who moves prior to Voting Day is required to vote at their new address. You are only allowed to vote once even if you own more than one property within the municipality. The place in which you reside is the address you use when voting. If you own properties in different municipalities you are allowed to vote once in each of the municipalities.


Where to Vote?

The Clerk of the Municipality will notify electors where they vote by placing an advertisement in the local newspaper.

Are you on the Voters' List?

Are you recorded as an eligible elector for the upcoming municipal election?

The voter's list is available at Town Hall. Please verify if you are on the list. If your name is not on the list, a form is available to be completed to have your name added. Voter notification cards will not be issued.

For more information, please contact the Town of Goderich (519) 524-8344 or MPAC at  1 (866) 296-6722.

Proxy Vote

If you are unable to vote, you may appoint another eligible elector to vote on your behalf, named a Proxy. Proxies can only be appointed from September 15, 2014 to election day. In order to appoint a proxy, you must obtain an appointment form at the Municipal Clerk's Office. Once you fill it out, the person voting on your behalf must attend the Municipal Clerk's Office with the signed form so that the Clerk's Office may certify the appointment. Please contact the Clerk's Office if you require further information.

Where do College and University Students Vote?

With respect to students, the place where a person's family resides is also their residence unless they have moved with the intention of changing their permanent lodging. Students who reside away from home may vote in both places - within the Municipality where they attend school and also within the Municipality where their family resides if it is a permanent residence.

Where do Homeless People Vote? 

If the person has no permanent lodging place, their residence shall be determined to be: 

  1. The place to which the person most frequently returned to sleep or eat during the five weeks preceding the determination;
  2. If the person returns with equal frequency to one place to sleep and to another place to eat, then the place to which he or she returns to sleep is his or her residence;
  3. Multiple returns to the same place during a single day, whether to eat or sleep, shall be considered one return;
  4. In absence of evidence, a person's affidavit is conclusive.


The above pertains to the Municipal Elections for the Province of Ontario. Specific reference can be made to the Municipal Elections Act 1996.