2022 Municipal Election

2022 Municipal Election

Date Milestone
May 2, 2022 Nomination period begins

August 19, 2022 - 2 p.m.

Nomination Day is the last day to submit or withdraw a nomination before 2 p.m.

August 22, 2022 - 4 p.m.

Nominations certified by 4 p.m.
September 24, 2022 First possible date to hold an advance pole*
October 21, 2022 Last day for third party advertisers to file their notice of registration
October 24, 2022 Voting Day **
March 31, 2023 Deadline for candidates and registered third parties to file their financial statements

 

* Advance Voting Days to be posted once confirmed

** Voting Locations to be posted once confirmed

 

Take a moment and ensure you're on the Voters List!

The Provincial and Federal Voter's List is different from the Municipal and School Board Voter's List.

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for collecting residents' information in Ontario (name, date of birth, citizenship, and school support) to create a Voter's List for Municipal and School Board Elections.  Municipalities will use the Preliminary List of Electors to prepare their Voters's List for the 2022 Municipal and School Board Elections.

One of the ways MPAC collects this information is through VoterLookUp.ca  Here, Ontarians can add their name and the names of other household members to secure a database and confirm or update their information.

Please take a few minutes to learn how to verify your information at VoterLookUp.ca and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

 

VotersList

 

2022 ELECTION NOMINEES 

To view the most current 2022 election nominees please click here.

CANDIDATE INFORMATION

The Candidate's Guide from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs provides information about how to run as a candidate in a municipal election, school board election or by-election.

If a person wishes to run as a candidate in the Town of Lincoln municipal election, they must file a nomination paper.

  • The first day to file a nomination paper for the next municipal election is May 2, 2022.
  • A person cannot raise or spend money on an election campaign until they have filed their nomination paper.

Learn more about the Niagara Region's Seat at the Table Program which aims to address barriers that women face running for municipal office and to improve the environment once elected.

On April 28th, 2022 local municipalities hosted  Niagara Votes 2022 - Candidates Information Session 

FILING A NOMINATION

Nominations* must be filed in-person at Town Hall - Clerks as original signatures are required.  Appointments can be scheduled by contacting the Town Clerk's office either by email elections@lincoln.ca or by phone 905-563.2799 ext. 519

To file a nomination, you must provide:

  • Nomination Paper (Form 1)
  • Endorsement of Nomination (Form 2) with at least 25 declarations of endorsement (Mayor and Councillor candidates are only required to submit endorsements)
  • Current applicable identification and proof of Canadian Citizenship
  • Nomination filing fee (paid by cash, debit, or certified cheques, money orders and bank drafts must be payable to:  The Town of Lincoln)
  • The filing fee is $200 for candidates running for Mayor and $100 for Councillors or School Board Trustee candidates
  • Election Sign Deposit Application Form
    • Mayor/Regional Councillor ($250.00)
    • Ward Councillor ($150.00)
    • Registered Third Party or School Board Trustee ($100.00)
  • Nomination fees are refunded to candidates once they file the required financial statement

If an agent is filing a nomination on your behalf, the agent must provide the above documents as well as their own identification.

If candidates do not file the required financial statement by the deadline as per the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, they are not eligible to receive a refund.

 

WITHDRAWING A NOMINATION

If you no longer wish to run in the Town of Lincoln Municipal Election, you must advise the Town Clerk in writing before the end of the nomination period.  Candidates cannot withdraw after the nomination period has closed.

Candidates who have withdrawn their nomination are still required to file a financial statement.

 

OFFICES TO BE ELECTED
  • One (1) Mayor to be elected at large
  • Eight (8) Councillors to be elected, two (2) in each ward
  • One (1) Regional Councillor
  • School Board Trustee(s)
    • One (1) School Board Trustee for Niagara Catholic District School Board
    • One (1) School Board Trustee for the Niagara Public District School Board
    • One (1) School Board Trustee for Conseil scolaire Viamonde (French Public School Board)
    • One (1) School Board Trustee for Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir (French Separate School Board)

** Electors vote for trustee candidate based on the board to which they have chosen to direct their education property taxes.

ELIGIBILITY FOR MAYOR AND COUNCILLOR

To run for Mayor or Councillor, on the day the nomination paper is filed, a person must be:

  • A Canadian Citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • A resident of the Town of Lincoln or an owner or tenant of land in the Town of Lincoln, or the spouse of the owner or tenant
  • Not legally prohibited from voting
  • Not disqualified by any legislation from holding Municipal Office 

 

THIRD PARTY ADVERTISERS

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 includes rules for third party advertising.

A third party advertisement is:

  • An advertisement in any broadcast, print, electronic or another medium that has the purpose of promoting, supporting or opposing a candidate in the election, or a "yes" or "no" answer to a question on the ballot

A third party advertiser is:

  • Any individual, corporation or trade union that causes an election campaign advertisement to appear
  • Required to register with the City Clerk of the municipality where they want to advertise

The Third Party Advertisers Guide from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs provides information about voting in Municipal and School Board Elections.

 

REGISTERING AS A THIRD PARTY ADVERTISER

To become a third party advertiser, you must file a completed notice of registration (Form 7) in person at Town Hall in the Clerks department as original signatures are required.  Appointments can be scheduled by contacting the Town Clerk's office either by email elections@lincoln.ca or by phone 905-563-2799 ext. 513

If an agent is filing a nomination on your behalf, the agent must provide the above documents as well as their own identification.

 

ELIGIBILITY FOR A THIRD PARTY ADVERTISER

You are eligible to register as a third party advertiser if you are:

  • An individual who is normally a resident of Ontario
  • A corporation that carries on business in Ontario
  • A trade union that holds bargaining rights for employees in Ontario

 

INELIGIBILITY FOR A THIRD PARTY ADVERTISER

You are not eligible to register as a third party advertiser if you are:

  • A candidate whose nomination has been filed under section 33 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996
  • A federal political party registered under the Canada Elections Act (Canada) or any federal constituency association or registered candidate at a federal election endorsed by that political party
  • A provincial political party, constituency association, registered candidate or leadership contestant registered under the Elections Finances Act, 1990
  • The Crown in right of Canada or Ontario, a municipality or local board

 

CAMPAIGN FINANCES
  • If you plan to incur campaign expenses or accept contributions, you must open a separate bank account for each campaign
  • A contributor's total contribution cannot exceed $1,200 for both campaigns for councillors or school board trustee candidates

 

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Candidates and third party advertisers will be required to file a financial statement for each campaign:

  • The withdrawn campaign will show all financial activity from the day the nomination paper is filed until the day the withdrawal is filed
  • The current campaign will show all financial activity from the day the nomination paper is filed until the end of the campaign

 

VOTER INFORMATION

The Voter's Guide from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs provides information about voting in municipal and school board elections.

 

VOTER ELIGIBILITY

To vote in the 2022 Town of Lincoln municipal election, on Voting Day, a person must be:

  • A Canadian Citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • A resident of the Town of Lincoln or a non-resident of the Town of Lincoln but you or your spouse own or rent property in the Town of Lincoln
  • Not prohibited from voting under any law
  • You may only vote once in the Town of Lincoln municipal election regardless of how many properties you own or rent within the Town
  • You must vote at a voting place in the ward where you live

 

VOTER INELIGIBILITY

Individuals are prohibited to vote on Voting Day if they are:

  • Serving a sentence of imprisonment in penal or correctional institution
  • A corporation
  • Acting as executor or trustee in another representative capacity, except as a voting proxy
  • Convicted of  a corrupt practice described in section 90 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996

 

PROXY VOTING
  • If you would like to appoint a qualified person to vote on your behalf (voting proxy), the following apply:

  • Individuals can act as a voting proxy for only one person unless you are a relative (spouse, sibling, parent, child, grandparent or grandchild), in which case the limitation does not apply.
  • If an individual wants to appoint a voting proxy, forms can be picked up at the Clerk's office during regular business hours up to and including polling day (October 24, 2022), or the form can be found online here: Appointment for Voting Proxy – Form 3.
  • Applicants to act as proxies must attend the Clerk’s office and present a prescribed appointment form signed by the elector. The Clerk will issue a certificate, the appointing document, and this document must be presented at the voting place.
  • A person acting as a proxy must attend the voting place designated for the elector for whom they are voting.
  • It is recommended that where possible, proxy voting takes place during Advance Voting, mainly for the convenience of the appointee.

 

STUDENTS

If you are a student and consider your "home" to be the place where you live when you are not attending school, which means you plan on returning there, then you are eligible to vote in both your "home" municipality and in the municipality where you currently live while attending school.

  • If you are a student attending school in another city or town, please check with the Town Clerk of that municipality to find out what your voting options are.
  • As a student and a resident of the Town of Lincoln, if you are unable to vote in the Town of Lincoln Municipal Election, you may appoint another elector as Proxy to vote on your behalf.

 

WHEN YOU GO TO VOTE
  • Ensure you arrive at the location on your Voter Notification Card and bring the Voter Notification Card with you (please note: these will be mailed closer to Voting Day)
  • Bring current applicable identification

 

JOIN THE ELECTIONS TEAM
  • To learn more about opportunities to join the Town of Lincoln Elections Team, please visit our website.

 

RESOURCES

The Town Clerk's staff are pleased to assist you with any questions you may have concerning the Municipal Election, please connect with them at elections@lincoln.ca.

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