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Candidates FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions for Candidates

How do I file Nomination Papers?

Nominations can be filed starting May 1, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. and ending July 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. You must fill out the Nomination Form and file it with the municipal clerk. Nominations must be on the prescribed form and are to be filed with the Clerk or his or her designate at the Municipal Office, 33011 Hwy 62N, Maynooth, ON in the following manner:

 In person or through an agent;

 During regular office hours at the Clerk’s Office from May 1, 2018 to Thursday, July 26, 2018 during regular office hours, and between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm on Friday, July 27, 2018 (Nomination Day);

 With the endorsement of nomination for Council, being at least 25 signatures;

 With the prescribed statement of qualifications, signed by the person being nominated;

 With the prescribed nomination fee of $200.00 for head of Council and $100.00 for all other offices – the filing fee shall be paid by cash, cheque, money order or by debit machine;

 With proof of identity and residence as prescribed in O. Reg. 304/13. No electronic transmitted nomination paper will be accepted – original signatures are required. Nomination papers for school boards must be filed at the appropriate municipal office.

How do I know which Ward to run in?

Hastings Highlands passed a bylaw in 2017 that dissolved all wards for the 2018 Election. Candidates will be elected At Large. There will be one race for MAYOR, one race for DEPUTY MAYOR, and one race for
Five (5) COUNCILLOR positions, spanning the entire Municipality of Hastings Highlands.

Have there been any changes to legislation since the last election?

Please be advised of the Amendments to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996

• Term of Office:
Change the term of office for the 2018-2022 term of council to end on November 14, 2022.

• Contribution Limits:
Raise the limit for contributions to a single candidate or third party advertiser from $750 to $1200, consistent with the provincial limits.

• Self-funding Limit:
Impose a self-funding limit for municipal council candidates based on the number of electors voting for the office, to a maximum of $25,000 per candidate. The formula for calculating the limit would be $7500 + $0.20 per elector for head of council, and $5000 + $0.20 per elector for other council offices.

• Exemption to the 25 Signature Requirement for Nomination to Council:
Candidates in municipalities with fewer than 4,000 electors will be exempt from the
requirement to obtain 25 nomination endorsement signatures through a regulation.
Currently, The Municipallity of Hastings Highlands has approximately 8,800 electors

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Are candidates required to provide a list of citizens supporting their nomination?

There is a new requirement that anyone wishing to run for office on a council must submit the signatures of 25 voters supporting the nomination. The individuals providing the signatures will each have to sign a declaration (form available in April) stating that they were eligible to vote in the municipality on the day that they signed the endorsement. If a candidate files a nomination, and then changes their mind and decides to run for a different office on the same council, they are not required to submit new signatures.
The requirement to submit 25 nomination signatures does not apply to candidates running for school board trustee positions.

How do you determine which name goes on the ballot ie. nicknames?

You should write down your name as you want it to appear on the ballot. The name as it appears on the Nomination Paper is the name to be used on the ballot. If a nickname is to be used, it is subject to the discretion and approval of the Clerk. You do not have to provide all of your names under Given Name(s) on the form. Only provide the one(s) that you want to appear on the ballot.

I filed my nomination papers, can I assume my name will appear on the ballot?

No. The Clerk is required to certify each nomination after it has been filed. The Clerk will verify the candidate’s name is on the Voters’ List and eligibility. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure they meet all the qualifications and file proper nomination papers. Each candidate is responsible to ensure that their forms are in order. The deadline to certifiy the nomination papers is past the nomination deadline and this may result in papers being rejected.
*** The clerk must be satisfied that you are eligible to run in order to certify your nomination. If your nomination is not certified, your name will not appear on the ballot.