Municipal elections review underway

By Penny Caldwell »Penny Caldwell

April 29th, 2009

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“We fought hard for the privilege of the mail-in or alternate voting methods and this important opportunity to participate is all the more important today.”—FOCA

So reads a call to action in a recent e-newsletter from the Ontario Federation of Cottagers Associations. The umbrella group for the province’s cottagers associations wants cottagers to tell the government how vital it is for us to be able to participate in local elections. The deadline for comments is tomorrow. Here are the details from FOCA:

The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is currently undertaking a review of the previous municipal election, and the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

They are asking that interested parties submit comments and identify issues related to municipal elections.

FOCA, and our member associations, have a large stake in the continued participation of our members in local elections…This was one of FOCA`s major accomplishments from the past—getting the vote for our membership.  Since 1996 the Ontario Elections Act (S.42) has included alternative voting provisions, and participating municipalities ensure that those that live outside of the municipality during election season (typically November) still have the opportunity to participate.

FOCA encourages all members to participate in this information collection exercise, and to contribute your thoughts on the importance of continuing the alternative voting provisions of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996. Deadline for comments is April 30, 2009.

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