Nomination deadline just a year away

SOUTH DUNDAS – Just one year from now, the South Dundas municipal election race is sure to be heating up.

Under new municipal act regulations, by this time next year, South Dundas, and all of Ontario’s 444 municipalities, will be finalizing ballots for the 2018 municipal election.

This will be the first municipal election under the new shortened nomination period.

In previous elections, the nomination period started January 1st of the election year; not so this time.

This time the nomination period opens May 1, 2018 and ends at 2 p.m., Friday July 27, 2018.

Historically, few seeking election here in South Dundas chose to file nomination papers in the first quarter of the year, thus making their election intentions official.

During the last election, only Jim Locke filed in the first quarter. Archie Mellan and Evonne Delegarde both filed in May, but the remainder of the candidates chose to wait until the second half of the year to file their nomination papers.

The shortening of the nomination period was a result of provincial consultations. Municipal staff, municipal councils and voters were part of that consultation.

South Dundas has already approved an alternate voting method for the election, deciding to use a traditional, rather than ranked ballot for the election.

This election will be the first where the ranked ballot is allowable in the province however, few municipalities chose to support a ranked ballot. London, Ontario is the exception.