Municipal Elections 2020 Update - Nomination Day & More
Important deadlines coming up for both voters and potential candidates for October municipal elections
There is plenty of work to be done before voting takes place for the October municipal elections, says Returning Officer Josephine MacDonald, who is the returning officer for all six municipal units in Pictou County.
Voters will elect new municipal councils across the province on Oct. 17 and all six units have agreed that votes will only be cast electronically this year, either by the internet or telephone. More information about this process will be released shortly, but the first step is to revise the voter's list, said MacDonald.
Voters have until Aug. 27, to revise the voter’s list by calling the returning office. This means that if you changed your mailing address, became a Canadian citizen, or recently turned 18 years of age, became a new resident of Nova Scotia or Pictou County, on or before October 5th; you should contact the returning office to make sure your name is on the voter's list. If you know of someone who is recently deceased, you can also call the returning officer to have their name removed from the list.
“We want the list to be as accurate as possible,” said MacDonald. “In the next few weeks, voters in all six municipal units in Pictou County will receive a pin number in the mail that will allow them to vote in the municipal elections in their units along with information about internet and telephone voting.”
Potential candidates wanting to run in the upcoming elections will be able to visit the returning office on September 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 46 Municipal Drive, Pictou. Candidates must have their nomination papers in order, and it will be on a first come first serve basis on this day. Social distancing guidelines are in place and mask must be worn when visiting the returning office.
In addition, potential candidates can also contact the returning office for an appointment to file your nomination papers between Aug. 27 to Sept. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. She will be in the following municipal units on these days for appointments:
Aug, 27: Municipality of Pictou County Administration Building (MOPC candidates)
Aug. 28: Town of Pictou Town Hall (Pictou candidates)
Aug. 31: Town of New Glasgow Town Hall (New Glasgow candidates)
Sept. 1: Town of Stellarton Town Hall (Stellarton candidates)
Sept. 2: Town of Westville Town Hall (Westville candidates)
Sept. 3: Town of Trenton Town Hall (Trenton candidates)
Sept. 4: Municipality of Pictou County Administration Building (open to all candidates)
The returning office can be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 902-485-2248. More information can also be found www.electionspictou.county.ca