2014 FAQs Body ContentFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the 2014 Municipal Election for voters, candidates, and workers. Voters FAQs When is voting day?Voting day is Monday, October 27, 2014. The City of Brampton will also be holding advance voting days. Please see the Advance Vote Information link for a full list of advance voting locations, dates and times.When are voting hours?Voting hours on voting day are 10 am – 8 pm. Please see the Advance Vote Information link for a full list of advance voting locations, dates and times.Who is eligible to vote?A person is entitled to be an elector (voter) at an election held in a local municipality, if on voting day he or she is:- a Canadian citizen;- at least 18 years old;- residing in the local municipality or an owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of such owner or tenant; and- not otherwise prohibited from voting.Who is prohibited from voting?The following cannot vote in a municipal election:- a person serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution;- a corporation; or- a person convicted of a corrupt practice for an election held within four years of voting day. Note: A person who is acting as an executor or in any other representative capacity (e.g., power of attorney), cannot vote on behalf of the person they are representing unless they have been appointed as a voting proxy.How is my school support determined?General qualifications:- is a Canadian citizen;- is at least 18 years old;- has not already voted in the election for school trustees elsewhere in the school board’s area of jurisdiction;- resides in the local municipality or territory or is the owner or tenant of a residential property, or is the spouse of such owner or tenant; and- is not otherwise prohibited from voting.ANDEnglish public- be a supporter of the English-language public district school board; or- not be a supporter of any board, nor have qualified him- or herself as an elector for a separate or French-language school board in the election.English separatemust be a Roman Catholic who must:- qualify as an elector for the English-language separate district school board; or- be a supporter (or be the spouse of a supporter) of the English-language separate district school board.French publicmust be a French-language rights holder (see ss. 23(1) and (2) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms for criteria) who must:- qualify as an elector for the French-language public district school board; or- be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French-language public district school board.French separatemust be a Roman Catholic and a French-language rights holder (see the Charter for criteria ) who must:- qualify as an elector for the French-language separate district school board; or- be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French-language separate district school board.What if I cannot make it to the voting place on voting day?Voters who are not available to vote on voting day can instead vote at the advance polls. Please see the Advance Vote Information link for a full list of advance voting locations, dates and times. Voters can also appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf. See "How can I appoint a proxy ?" FAQ below.How can I appoint a proxy?An elector in a municipality may appoint another person similarly qualified as an elector as his or her voting proxy, using the prescribed form: - complete an application in the prescribed form, including a statutory declaration that he or she is the person appointed as a voting proxy; and - present the application and the appointing document to the Clerk, in person, at the Clerk’s office; and- get the application certified by the Clerk Note: Proxies cannot be appointed before the end of the nomination period A person cannot: - appoint more than one (1) voting proxy; or - act as a voting proxy for more than one other person. This restriction does not apply if the appointed proxy and the other person are spouses or siblings of each other, parent and child, or grandparent and grandchild.Can I act as proxy for more than 1 person?If you are appointed as the proxy for a person who is not a family member, you may not be appointed as a proxy for anyone else, including family members. If you are appointed as the proxy for a family member, you may also be appointed as the proxy for additional family members, if the family members are a spouse, sibling, parent, child, grandparent or grandchild.Can a person in prison vote?No. A person who is serving a sentence in prison is not entitled to vote.My family owns a cottage. Can I vote in that municipality?In order to qualify as a non-resident voter, you (or your spouse) must be the owner or tenant of the property. If a family member who is not your spouse is the owner, and you have use of the cottage, you would not qualify as a non-resident voter. If the cottage is owned by a trust, you would not qualify as a non-resident voter.My company owns a property in another municipality. Can I vote there?If the business is the owner of the property, you would not qualify as a non-resident voter.I live in one municipality and own property in another municipality. Do I have to choose which municipality to vote in?You are eligible to vote in the municipality where you live, and the municipality where you qualify as a non-resident voter. You can vote in both municipalities. If both municipalities are in the same school board, you can only vote for school trustee in one municipality.I live in one ward and own a property in another ward of the same municipality. Can I choose which ward I want to vote in?No. You must vote in the ward where you live.Where do I vote?On voting day, you are required to vote at your assigned voting location. The City of Brampton will also be holding advance voting days. Please see the Advance Vote Information link for a full list of advance voting locations, dates and times.Do I get time off work to vote?You are entitled to three consecutive hours in which to vote on voting day. If your job requires you to work hours that would not give you a three-hour period in which to vote, you are allowed to be absent from your job for enough time to give you that three-hour period. Your employer may decide when it would be most convenient for you to be absent in order to vote. Note: This does not mean that you are entitled to take three hours off of work.Do I need to show ID to vote?If you are on the voters' list, you should receive a voter information card closer to the election. Take that card to the voting location, as well as one piece of identification that shows your name and address. A list of acceptable identification can be found online. If you are not on the voters' list, you will need to be added at the voting location. You will need to provide identification proving your name, residency, age and Canadian citizenship. For example, you can bring your driver’s licence and Canadian passport to the voting location. A list of acceptable identification can be found online. What if I forget my ID?If you are on the voters' list, you can still vote by completing and signing a declaration that you are the person whose name appears on the list. If you are not on the voters' list, you will need to be added to the list before voting, and will need to provide identification.How do I get on the voters’ list?The voters’ list is put together for each election based on information that is held by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). You can be added to the Voters' List by completing an Application to Amend the Voters' List form. This form can be completed at the Clerk's Office, City Hall, during regular business hours, at any advance voting location, or at your designated voting day location. In order to be added to the list, a person must show proof of Canadian citizenship, name and qualifying address.I’m on the voters’ list, but my information is wrong. Can I get it corrected?You can have your information corrected up until the close of voting on voting day. You can correct your information on the Voters' List by completing an Application to Amend the Voters' List form. This form can be completed at the Clerk's Office, City Hall, during regular business hours, at any advance voting location, or at your designated voting day location. I don’t want my name on the voters’ list. Can I get it removed?You can have your name removed from the voters’ list, but you will not be able to vote unless you have your name put back on the list.Can I remove someone else’s name from the voters’ list?You can apply to the Clerk to have someone else’s name removed from the list, but you can only do so between September 2 and September 12, 2014. The clerk is required to hold a hearing to determine if the name should be removed, unless you want to remove the name because the person has died. Candidate FAQsWho is qualified to run for Mayor, Council or Regional Council office?A candidate for municipal office must, upon nomination, be a qualified municipal elector and fulfil all of the following requirements:- a resident of the municipality, a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the municipality or the spouse of such non-resident owner or tenant;- a Canadian citizen;- at least 18 years old;- not legally prohibited from voting; and- not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office.Note: A candidate, if nominated, must remain qualified throughout the election and, if elected, throughout the term of office.Who is NOT qualified to run for Mayor, Council or Regional Council?The following persons are disqualified from being elected to municipal office:- any person not eligible to vote in the municipality;- an employee of a municipality unless he or shetakes an unpaid leave of absence before being nominated, and resigns, if elected to the office;- a judge of any court;- a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, a Senator or a member of the House of Commons; - an inmate of a penal or correctional institution under sentence of imprisonment.When can I file my nomination?Nominations start on January 2, 2014 and close on September 12, 2014 at 2 pm. You can bring your nominations to City Hall during normal working hours.How can I apply to run for office?Nomination forms can be obtained online by visiting the Elections website www.brampton.ca/BramptonVotes, by calling our Contact Centre at 311 (If calling within Brampton) or 905-874-2000 or by visiting City Clerk's office at City Hall. A nomination paper must be filed in person by the candidate or by an agent.- The nomination paper must have original signatures. - The nomination paper may not be faxed, mailed or emailed.- Either the candidate or the agent must bring the completed and signed nomination papers to the office of the clerk. - The candidate will be required to show proof of identity and qualifications.- The prescribed nomination filing fee must be paid at the time of filing the nomination. Payment to the municipality must be made by cash, debit card, certified cheque or money order. (No credit card or uncertified cheque)The nomination filing fee is: - $200 for the office of head of council; or- $100 for all other offices.Note: A candidate is entitled to a refund of the filing fee if he or she:- is elected;- receives more than two per cent of the votes cast for the office; or- withdraws the nomination before nomination day.Can I run for more than 1 office?Candidates can only be nominated for one office on a municipal council or school board in the Province of Ontario at a time. If person is nominated for a second office, the first nomination is deemed to be withdrawn.Who is qualified to run for School Board office?A candidate for a school board must, upon nomination, be a qualified municipal elector and fulfil all of the following requirements:- a resident within the jurisdiction of the board;- a supporter of the board;- a Canadian citizen;- at least 18 years old;- Roman Catholic (if running for a separate school board);- not legally prohibited from voting; and- not disqualified by any legislation from holding school board office.Note: A candidate, if nominated, must remain qualified throughout the election and, if elected, throughout the term of office. School board candidates should confirm that they have the qualifications described in section 219 of the Education Act.Who is NOT eligible to run for School Board Office?A candidate for school board office cannot be:- a clerk, deputy clerk, treasurer or deputy treasurer of a municipality within the jurisdiction of a board;- any person not eligible to vote in the municipality;- an employee of a school board unless he or she takes an unpaid leave of absence before being nominated, and resigns, if elected to the office;- a judge of any court;- a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, a Senator or a member of the House of Commons;- an inmate of a penal or correctional institution under sentence of imprisonment.How can I withdraw my candidacy?If a candidate decides to withdraw from the election, he or she must notify the Clerk in writing no later than 2 pm on nomination day (Friday, September 12, 2014).A candidate who withdraws before nomination day is entitled to a refund of the nomination filing fee. A candidate who withdraws is still required to submit a completed financial disclosure covering all financial transactions made up to the date the nomination was withdrawn.What are campaign contribution rules?- Campaign contributions can only be made to nominated candidates.- The contribution maximum is $750 per candidate.- The maximum total amount a contributor may contribute to candidates in the same jurisdiction is $5,000. Each municipal council and each school board is a separate jurisdiction.- Contributions must be made with the contributor’s own money. - Contributions can only be received by candidates or persons authorized by the candidate. - Contributions in excess of $25 may not be made in cash. - Contributions must not be made anonymously.What contributions count towards contribution limits?- Monetary contributions to a candidate’s campaign.- The value of goods and services donated to a candidate’s campaign, including goods and services donated to a fundraising function.- If goods and services are offered to the candidate at less than fair market value, the difference between fair market value and what the candidate paid.- The price of admission to a campaign fundraising function.- If a good or service is purchased at a fundraising function for more than fair market value (for example, during a silent auction), the difference between fair market value and what the contributor paid.Note: A contributor who exceeds the individual or aggregate contribution limit may be subject to a fine or other penalty.What contributions do NOT count toward the contribution limits?- Contributions by the candidate or the candidate’s spouse to the candidate’s campaign.- Contributions made to a registrant for a question on the ballot.- Contributions of $10 or less made at a fundraising function.Do I have to include every contribution in my financial statement?Candidates are required to include the name and address of each contributor who contributes more than $100 in total to their campaign, in their campaign financial statement. This document must be filed with the Clerk after the election, and is a public document.Can I contribute to more than one candidate?Yes, you may make contributions to more than one candidate. However, your contributions to candidates running for office on the same council or the same school board may not exceed $5,000.When can I start accepting campaign funds?Your campaign starts when you file your nomination. You cannot accept funds before filing your nomination.I would like to run in the next election, but I am not eligible because I did not file my campaign financial statement after I ran in the last election. Can the Minister give me an exemption and allow me to run?No. The Minister does not have authority under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 to extend the filing deadline or waive the penalties for failing to file.Can I run in a different ward than the one where I live?As long as you are eligible to vote in the municipality, you may run in any ward. If you do run in a ward where you do not live, you will not be able to vote for yourself.Can I use my campaign office as my qualifying address so that I can vote for myself? No. If you are a resident voter (you live in the municipality), you must vote in the ward where you reside. You cannot choose to vote in a different ward where you may own or rent another property.Do I have to have a chief financial officer in order to open a campaign bank account? No. Candidates in provincial and federal elections must have a chief financial officer, but candidates in municipal and school board elections do not. Occasionally, bank officials may ask for the name of your chief financial officer, not realizing that this requirement does not apply to municipal and school board candidates. You should direct a bank official who thinks you need a chief financial officer to subsection 69(1) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.Can I pay for campaign expenses using my credit card? The legislation says that all campaign expenses must be paid from the campaign bank account. If you pay for goods and services using a credit card, you should be sure to reimburse the expense promptly from the campaign account, and to keep records that show that the expense was paid from the campaign account.Can I claim campaign expenses on my income tax? No. Municipal and school board campaign expenses cannot be credited against provincial or federal income taxes.Can I issue tax receipts to people who contribute to my campaign? Contributions to municipal and school board campaigns cannot be credited against provincial or federal income taxes. You should contact your municipal clerk to see if your municipality has a contribution rebate program.If I have a surplus at the end of my campaign, can I return contributions to people? You can only return contributions that are not eligible (for example, contributions that exceed the limit, are from more than one person, or are from a person or business that is not eligible to contribute). If you have a surplus, you may refund contributions to yourself and your spouse, and any remaining funds must be turned over to the clerk.Can I hold a joint fundraiser or campaign event with another candidate? You can, but you must make sure that expenses are divided between the campaigns, and that each contribution received is clearly directed to a specific candidate. Worker FAQsWhen will you be recruiting?Applications for working the 2014 Municipal Election will be accepted beginning June 13, 2014.What positions are you recruiting for?There are several positions including: Assistant Location Supervisor, Deputy Returning Officer, Revisions Officer, Election Assistant, and Tabulator Attendant.What’s the pay?Compensation depends on the position you are hired for. A full listing of positions with rates of pay will be posted on the site early spring.Are there any age restrictions to working the election?Assistant Location Supervisors and Deputy Returning Officers must be 18 years of age or older.How do I apply to work?Applications will be accepted online at the Brampton Votes 2014 website: www.brampton.ca/bramptonvotes. Applications can also be made by mail, in person, or by fax at (905) 874.5950.What if I don’t have access to a computer? Can I still apply?Election worker application forms can be picked up at City Clerk's front counter, City Hall, 2 Wellington Street West, Brampton, ON, or at Community Centres.Who is the contact person for recruiting?Michael Kralt is the Recruitment Coordinator for the 2014 Municipal Election. He can be contacted at 905.874.5945 or at Michael.Kralt@brampton.ca.What qualifications do I need to work in the election?Excellent customer service and organizational skills, proficient computer skills, and ability to work under pressure. Previous elections experience and a spoken second language are assets. Will training be provided? Yes, training is provided and is mandatory to work in the election.Is previous experience required?Previous experience is preferred however you will be trained for your role.Do I still need to attend training if I have previous experience?Yes, training is mandatory for all workers experienced or not. There are always changes and upgrades with technology.What are the hours I need to work on Voting Day?You are required to work the full day. The day starts at 8:30 am with polls closing at 8:00 pm. Finish time will depend on location closing procedures.