Report sought on election act changes

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Given recent changes to the Municipal Elections Act, staff will look into possible options for what Chatham-Kent can do.

Chatham Coun. Brock McGregor entered a successful motion Monday on the matter.

Some of the proposed changes to municipal elections, such as ranked balloting, are optional and councils will be able to choose whether or not to adopt them for the 2018 election, McGregor said.

Other changes in store for 2018 include a shortening of the nomination period. It will start on May 1, 2018 and go through to July 23, 2018.

Under the old rules, the nomination period started Jan. 2 and continued through to the middle of September.

While the majority of the changes are legislated, municipal councils will have the option of passing a bylaw approving the use of ranked ballots, starting with the 2018 election.

“We have a responsibility to look at the information available and to make an informed choice,” McGregor said.

Staff will report back to council before the end of the year for consideration and approval of the adoption of any recommended changes.

 

- With Postmedia Network files

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