2020 Municipal Election
The General Election Bylaw, Bylaw No. 11 (2020)
Please use firstname.lastname@example.org as an email address for all matters pertaining to the 2020 Municipal Elections:
Notice of Call for Nominations
Nomination Period – September 21st, 2020 9:30am – October 7th, 2020, 4:00pm
Nomination Day(last day to submit nominations) – October 7th, 2020, 4:00pm
Planned Advance Poll dates – to be determined
Last day to request a Mail in Ballot electronically – October 30th, 2020 4:00pm
Last day to request a Mail in Ballot in person –October 30th, 2020 4:00pm
Election Day – Monday, November 9th, 2020. Polls open from 9:00am to 8:00pm
Election results will be announced Tuesday, November 10th, 2020
We are working to ensure residents will be able to vote in the 2020 election in a safe and accessible manner. This information will be updated on a regular basis as planning progresses. Election workers will be wearing masks, and we ask that voters who attend polling stations also wear a mask.
Mail in Ballots:
A Mail-in Ballot voting system will be available for the 2020 election for voters who would prefer to vote by mail. We will begin processing applications for Mail-in Ballots after they have been printed. More information on the Mail-in Ballot system is available by clicking the links below.
Advance Polls are currently scheduled to be held as follows:
To be determined
Regular Polls (Election Day)
Polling stations will be located at Town Hall, 400 Saskatchewan Ave West, on November 9th, 2020.
Polls will be open from 9:00am – 8:00pm
Who can run as an Election Candidate:
A person can be nominated as a candidate for Mayor or Councillor if they:
- Will be at least 18 or older on election day;
- Are a Canadian citizen;
- Have been a resident of the Town of Outlook for at least three(3) consecutive months before submitting their nomination papers; and
- Have been a resident of Saskatchewan for at least six(6) consecutive months before submitting their nomination paper.
A person cannot be nominated if they are a judge of a court or an auditor or solicitor of the municipality. If a Town employee wishes to be nominated, they must take a leave of absence during the nomination period. Having a contract with the Town does not disqualify a person from being nominated.
Process for Nominating a Candidate:
Nomination papers will be available from the Town office in person, by email, or online. To be nominated, a person must file their completed nomination paper with the Returning Officer or designate during the nomination period during normal office hours 9:30am – 4:00pm and on Nomination Day, October 7th, 2020, 9:00am to 4:00pm when nominations close.
Contents of the Nomination Paper
- The name and address of the person being nominated and the office they are being nominated for (either Mayor or Councilor, not both);
- The signature of at least five qualified voters of the Town with their name and address;
- The candidate’s acceptance statement, which is signed by the candidate and two witnesses; and
- New for the 2020 election – a completed disclosure statement, which lists any potential conflicts of interest the candidate holds, must be filed along with the nomination paper.
- Current Criminal Record check
It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure the contents of their nomination paper are valid.
- A voter may sign the nomination papers of more than one person
- No candidate may nominate themselves
- No person can be nominated for both Mayor and Councillor
- A receipt for the nomination will be issued when the form is filed at the Town Office
Withdrawal of Nomination
Nominations may be withdrawn by filing a written request with the Returning Officer signed by the nominated person. The nominee’s signature must be witnessed by either the Returning Officer or two other persons.
Nominations can be withdrawn any time up until 24 hours after the close of nominations (October 8th, 2020 at 4:00pm).
Changes for the 2020 Election:
The legislation governing municipal elections, The Local Government Election Act, 2015, was amended prior to this election and includes the following changes:
- All election candidates must submit a public disclosure statement in accordance with the conflict of interest legislation. These statements are required to be kept on file for public access throughout elected officials terms, and must be updated on an annual basis.
Who can vote in an Election:
A person can vote in a municipal election if they:
- Are at least 18 years or older on election day;
- Are a Canadian citizen on election day;
- Have been a resident of Saskatchewan for at least six(6) consecutive months before election day; and either
- Have been a resident of the Town of Outlook for at least three (3) consecutive months before election day OR have been the owner of assessable land in the Town of Outlook for at least three consecutive months before election day.
Additional information about eligibility to vote:
If a person lives in one municipality and has owned assessable land in another municipality for more than three months, that person is able to vote in both municipal elections.
A full time student may vote in both the place where they study and the place they have moved from when both places are in Saskatchewan.
A voter is a “natural person” and not a corporation.
Full details in identifications options for voting are available in the documents below. The simplest option is a government issued photo ID that includes your name and street address, but a number of other options are available. In the absence of photo ID, two pieces of identification are required, both of which have the voter’s name and at least one of which contains a civic address.