Municipal election

General municipal elections are held on a fixed date on the first Sunday of November every four years.

The next general elections will be held on November 7, 2021, simultaneously throughout Quebec. The population of Ormstown will then have to elect a mayor and six municipal councillors.

The municipal council

At the heart of the municipal democracy, the council is composed of 7 elected officials, including 6 councilors and a mayor. All of the seats on council are elected by the entirety of the population, as the town is not divided into wards.

The council has the duty to see to the quality of life in the community. Councilors, by way of adopting bylaws and resolutions, must act in the interest of the citizens that they represent.

Entered on the electoral list

Electors domiciled on the territory of the Municipalité d’Ormstown will be automatically entered on the list of electors and may exercise their right to vote if they are a qualified elector in accordance with the specific requirements of the Law.

Owners who are not domiciled in the territory of Ormstown may be entered on the list of electors only if they request so. They must complete and sign a form to this effect, according to whether they are owners of an immovable or occupants of a business establishment located in the territory or whether they are an undivided co-owners of an immovable or co-locators of a business establishment located in the territory of Ormstown.

If you have previously submitted the forms in question, they remain valid until such time as an updated form is submitted.

The duly completed application for entry or power of attorney received no later than October 17, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. will be considered an application to correct the municipal list of electors. It shall take effect upon their receipt and remain valid until such time as they are withdrawn or replaced.

The case of legal persons

Only natural persons have the right to be entered on the list of electors, legal persons being therefore excluded.

Owners of immovables and occupants of business establishments whose corporate name is a name that includes the abbreviations “enr. “,” SENC “or” assoc.” are natural persons.

An immovable or business whose corporate name has a name with the abbreviation “inc.” means that it is a company. Consequently, the company is a legal entity in the same way as a corporation, a trade union or a cooperative. It does not have the right to vote in an election, only in a referendum.

Who can vote?

Only persons entered on the list of electors of Municipalité d’Ormstown will be entitled to vote on November 5, 2017.

To vote, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Be a physical person
  • Be 18 years of age (an elector who will be 18 on polling day can vote in the advance poll)
  • Be a Canadian citizen on September 1, 2017
  • Not be disqualified from voting by law on September 1, 2017 (under curatorship or be found guilty in the last five years of an offense that constitutes a corrupt electoral practice)
  • Meet one of the following two conditions on September 1, 2017:
    • Be domiciled in the territory of Ormstown and, for at least 6 months, in Québec;
    • For at least 12 months, be the owner of an immovable property or the occupant of a business establishment situated within the territory of Ormstown.
Notion of domicile

The domicile of a person is the same place as envisaged by the Civil Code of Québec regarding the exercise of civil rights. For example:

  • The address provided on the tax return
  • The address on the driver’s license and other official identification documents
Can a person be entered on the list of electors in more than one place?

No person shall be entered in more than one place on the list of electors of the Municipality.

If a person is an elector in more than one category, the following order of priority will be used to choose the place of registration:

  1. Domicile;
  2. Sole ownership of an immovable property;
  3. Sole occupation of a business establishment;
  4. Undivided co-ownership of an immovable property;
  5. Co-occupation of a business establishment.

In addition, if the person holds rights to more than one immovable or business establishment, the one with the highest value will be used.

Student, worker and hospitalized person

A person who temporarily leaves his or her home to work or study in the territory of another municipality may be considered to be domiciled either in the territory in which his or her actual place of residence is located or where he or she resides for the purpose of his or her work or studies.

A person who is accommodated in a hospital center, a residential and long-term care center or a rehabilitation center within the meaning of the Act respecting health services and social services may be deemed to be domiciled at his or her actual place of residence or at that center.

Person living or domiciled in a recognized center or a private residence for seniors

Any qualified elector living or domiciled in a recognized center or a private residence for seniors may vote in the mobile polling station to be held in the morning of Sunday, October 29, 2017.

To be visited by election workers, electors must be unable to move about and must submit the appropriate form duly completed and ensure that it is received by the returning officer on or before October 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

A mobile polling station may, during its time at an institution or residence, go to the room or apartment of an elector who is unable to move about if he or she so requests.

Moving?

You can send, on Internet, your new address to the Directeur général des élections du Québec by clicking on the following link:

However, as of September 1, 2017, any registration or correction to the list of electors must be forwarded to the board of revisors.

Information regarding the location, dates and hours of the board of revisors will be provided by notice.

Revision of the list of electors

In October 2017, you will receive by mail a notice of registration on the list of electors. Read it carefully. This notice shall indicate the names of the electors entered at your address, the place where the board of revisors will be located, and the address of the polling station where you will be required to vote.

Keep your registration notice preciously; it helps to speed up the voting process.

If you do not receive a notice of registration or if corrections are required, you will be required to appear before the board of revisors to apply for registration or correction or to be struck off the list of electors. It is important to verify this information since you must be entered on the list of electors in order to vote.

To make changes to the list, you must present yourself at the following dates and times:

Ormstown Town Hall
5, Gale Street
Ormstown (Québec) J0S 1K0

Monday, October 16, 2017: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Where and when to vote

Advance polls will be held on October 29, 2017 from noon to 8 p.m. and polling day will be November 5, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at:

Ormstown Recreation Centre
87, Roy Street

To vote, you must identify yourself, with your face uncovered, by presenting one of the following documents:

  • Health Insurance card;
  • Driver’s license;
  • Canadian passport;
  • Certificate of Indian Status;
  • Canadian Forces ID.

All polling stations will be accessible to persons with disabilities on advance polling day and on polling day.

How to apply

A person may apply for only one position as a member of a municipal council. To be eligible to serve as a municipal councillor, a person must:

  • Have the right to be entered on the list of electors of Municipalité d’Ormstown
  • Reside, either continuously or not, in the territory of Ormstown for at least twelve months on September 1, 2017

And fulfill the following conditions:

  • Be a physical person
  • Be of age on November 5, 2017
  • Be a Canadian citizen on September 1, 2017
  • Not be disqualified from voting by law on September 1, 2017 (under curatorship or be found guilty in the last five years of an offense that constitutes a corrupt electoral practice)
  • Meet one of the following two conditions on September 1, 2017:
    • Be domiciled in the territory of Ormstown and, for at least 6 months, in Québec;
    • Be, for at least 12 months, the owner of an immovable or the occupant of a business establishment situated within the territory of Ormstown.

Articles 61 to 67 and Articles 300 to 307 of the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities outlines all the ineligibilities, that is to say, all situations where a person cannot be elected to a position as a member of a municipal council. We strongly advise you to read these provisions. If in doubt, we suggest that you consult with a lawyer, since it is not the role of the returning officer or the election staff to decide on the eligibility of a candidate.

Candidates can apply for the following positions:

  • One position of mayor of Municipalité d’Ormstown and;
  • Six positions of municipal councillor.

Every nomination paper must be filed at the office of the returning officer from September 22 to October 6, 2017 inclusively, on the following days and times:

  • Monday to Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m. to noon

On Friday, October 6, 2017, the office will be open continuously from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you would like to apply as a mayor or councillor, you must ensure that the nomination paper is duly completed and filed with the returning officer. To ensure better service, you must first take an appointment with the latter.

Financing and expenses

For questions regarding political financing and election expenses, please contact Philip Toone, Election president.

By email: dg@ormstown.ca
By telephone: 450-829-2625, poste 209

Office of the returning officer

For more information about the conduct of the electoral process or to obtain the documents mentioned above, please contact the office of the returning officer, Mr Philip Toone, whose contact information is provided below:

Ormstown Town Hall
5 Gale Street
Ormstown (Québec) J0S 1K0
Telephone: 450 829-2625, ext. 209
Email: dg@ormstown.ca

The office of the returning officer is open from Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to noon

Mr Philip Toone, returning officer
Louise Maheux, election clerk

Voter turnout for the position of mayor: 45.1 %
Number of valid votes: 1278
Number of rejected votes: 39
Number of registered electors: 2920

Mayor

Jacques Lapierre

709 votes

55.48 %

Chrystian Soucy

569 votes

44.52 %

Councillor 1

Kenneth Dolphin

634 votes

50.24 %

Chantal Lacombe

628 votes

49.76 %

Councillor 2

Jacques Guilbault

744 votes

58.54 %

Diane Leclair

527 votes

41.46 %

Councillor 3

Stephen Ovans

902 votes

72.57 %

Kenneth O’Farrell

341 votes

27.43 %

Councillor 4

Michelle Greig

657 votes

52.48 %

Pierre Bohemen

595 votes

47.52 %

Councillor 5

Thomas Vandor

851 votes

66.80 %

Kimberley Barrington

423 votes

33.20 %

Councillor 6

Chantale Laroche

680 votes

53.95 %

Jonathan Allen

581 votes

46.07 %