Village of Haines Junction
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MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS 2018

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 1. Am I eligible to vote?

To be eligible to vote in the Village of Haines Junction municipal election on October 18th, 2018, you must be:

1. A Canadian Citizen;

2. 18 years of age or older on the date of the election polling; and

3. A resident of the Village of Haines Junction for at least one (1) year prior to the date of the election polling.

For clarity, please refer to the Election Map to determine the Municipal Boundary and whether or not you meet the eligibility requirement for bullet point #3.

Any person who lived in the Village for less than one (1) full year prior to the date of the election will not be eligible to vote in this election.

Please note, section 48(2) of the Municipal Act states that a person who is convicted of an Election Offence (sections 160-163) is not eligible to vote for at least four (4) years from the date of being convicted.

 

2. I am a Village of Haines Junction property owner, but I do not live in the Village of Haines Junction, am I eligible to vote?

No. Only residents of the Village of Haines Junction are eligible to vote in the election.

 

3. I live in the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Village, am I eligible to vote?

All elections for municipalities are based on residency (meaning, where you live determines your eligibility to vote).

The current municipal boundary classifies the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Village (common known as block 30) as being outside the boundary of the Village of Haines Junction. Therefore, residents of that area are not eligible to vote in the Village of Haines Junction election for 2018.

For clarity, please refer to the Election Map to locate where you live in order to determine your eligibility to vote.

 

4. Who makes the rules about voting in the elections for the Village of Haines Junction?

The Municipal Act, Yukon is legislation governing the process for municipal elections. Municipalities in the Territory including the Village of Haines Junction, is tasked with implementing specific provisions of this act as they pertain to the election of the municipality’s Mayor and Councillors.

 

5. Where can I vote?

Date: October 18th, 2018 8:00am to 8:00pm

Location: Convention Centre – Haines Junction (178 Backe Street, Y0B 1L0)

Room: Atrium (ground floor of the Convention Centre)

Once the deadline for nominations has passed (i.e. September 27th, 2018), the Returning Officer will issue a notice informing the public of the candidates nominated for the role of Mayor and Councillor and location where election polling will be held.

 

6. When can I vote?

Election polling will be held on October 18th, 2018 between 8:00am to 8:00pm.

Any additional details will be announced by the Returning Officer in the public notice that will be issued after the nomination deadline.

 

7. When I arrive what should I expect?

When you arrive at the polling station, you can expect the following:

  • You will be asked to sign a registration form attesting to your eligibility as a “Elector” as outlined in question 1. You will also be asked to provide and confirm your Civic Address information at the time of registration.
  • Once you have completed this form, you will be issued a Ballot and you can then proceed to polling booth to cast your Ballot.
  • Once you cast your Ballot, you’re done!

8. What would the Ballot look like?

Each elector will be given a Ballot to vote for their preferred candidates. Below, you will find sample Ballots from the 2012 election. Each elector will be required to choose only one (1) candidate for the role of Mayor and four (4) candidates for the role of Councillor.

A Ballot may be disqualified or deemed “spoiled” or “invalid” if an elector votes for more candidates than what is allowed for on the Ballot. Disqualified or “spoiled” or “invalid” Ballots will not be counted.

  1. Mayor – Sample Ballot
  1. Councillor – Sample Ballot

 

9. Is there an Advanced Polling opportunity? I will not be in the Village of Haines Junction on election day, can I still vote? If so how?

Date: October 11th, 2018 8:00am to 8:00pm

Location: Convention Centre – Haines Junction (178 Backe Street, Y0B 1L0)

Room: Atrium (ground floor of the Convention Centre)

Yes! There will be an advanced polling station where an elector can cast a Ballot. These Ballots will be counted along with all other Ballots cast on Election Day. For additional information, please refer to the Yukon Municipal Elections Manual 2018.

Electors who wish to vote through Advance Polling will be required to complete, swear to, and submit an “Advance Poll Oath” in the presence of the Returning Officer prior to casting a Ballot.

10. Can I vote by Special Ballot?

Yes. An Elector may apply to the Returning Officer to vote by Special Ballot if they are unable to vote at an advance or regular poll because:

  1. Of employment (work), business, or profession;
  1. They are a student or spouse of a student in an institution outside the Village;
  1. They may be at risk if they appear in person; or
  1. They are going to be absent from the Village on polling days.

Any elector wishing to vote by Special Ballot will be required to complete the “Special Ballot Application and Oath” form and return it to the Returning Officer.

 

11. Can someone else vote on my behalf?

No. Every elector wishing to cast a Ballot must be present at the polling station to do so.

 

12. What identification should I bring to the voting location?

Electors/voters may be requested by the Returning Officer to present photo identification prior to registering to vote. Electors/voters are encouraged to bring photo identification in the event they are asked to present it.

 

13. How do I register as a candidate?

An Elector wishing to become a candidate must:

  • Obtain the names and signature of at least ten (10) electors nominating them to the role of Mayor or Councillor; and
  • Complete and return the Nomination Paper to the Municipal Office (Designated Municipal Officer, i.e. Noelle Palmer or John Thomas) or to the Returning Officer no later than September 27th, 2018 at 12:00noon.

PLEASE REMEMBER --- NOMINATION FORMS MUST BE SIGNED IN THE PRESENCE OF THE RETURNING OFFICER OR DESIGNATED MUNICIPAL OFFICER.

 

14. What happens if one (1) person is nominated for the role of Mayor and four (4) people are nominated for the role of Councillor?

There are 5 positions on Council, (1) Mayor and (4) Councillors. An election will only be held IF there are more people nominated to run for a position on Council than the number of positions available on Council.

This means, IF there is only one (1) person nominated for the position of Mayor, there will not be an election as this person will be “acclaimed”. Similarly, IF there are only four (4) people nominated for the position of “Councillor”, there will not be an election as those people nominated will be “acclaimed”.

“Acclaimed” means – there is no competition for the position and the person will be deemed automatically elected.

 

15. When will the results of the elections be announced?

The results of the election will be announced as soon as all the Ballots are counted and confirmed by the Returning Officer. Based on historical practices and if no special circumstances arise, the results are expected to be released no later than October 19th, 2018.

Contact Information

The Village of Haines Junction
Box 5339
Haines Junction, Yukon
Canada Y0B 1L0
phone: (867)634-7100
fax: (867)634-2008
email:admin@hainesjunction.ca