Info for Candidates

 
Candidate Information Night: September 13, 2016 / 6-8 p.m.
Darlene Hincks Committee Room, City Hall, 2476 Victoria Ave., Regina

Interested in running for Municipal Council or School Board Trustee?

A resource has been compiled to provide an overview of the election process in Regina and a summary of the steps required to run as a candidate.

Download and print the full  Candidate Information Guide.

Highlights:

Election Day

Election Day is Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Polling places will open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Municipal/School Board general elections are held every four years on the fourth Wednesday in October.

Nomination Day

Nomination Day is Wednesday, September 21, 2016 – this is the last day to submit nomination papers to become a candidate. Applications will be accepted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on this day at the Elections Regina office. Nomination papers may be filed September 6 to September 21, 2016 with the Election Coordinator at the Elections Regina office.
The Elections Regina office is located at 1731 A Francis Street, Regina. Regular business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 pm.

Call for Nominations

Call for Nominations will be placed by the Returning Officer in the Regina Leader-Post on Saturday, September 3, 2016 and in the Queen City Community Post on Friday, September 2, 2016.

Who’s Who

The Returning Officer is responsible for running the election.

The Election Coordinator is the primary contact for candidates and can be reached in the Office of the City Clerk (City Hall) until April 29, 2016, then at the Elections Regina office, open May 2, 2016.

Amber Ackerman, Election Coordinator
Elections Regina
1731 A Francis Street
Regina, SK S4N 7N2
P: 306-751-4479
E: elections@regina.ca
Nomination Period

The Nomination period is Tuesday, September 6 to Wednesday, September 21, 2016. The deadline to file nomination papers is 4 p.m., Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

Nomination papers will be accepted during normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, with the exception of Nomination Day when they will be accepted only between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Nomination Papers

Nomination Papers must be filed with the Returning Officer or designate during the specified nomination period.

Advance Polls

Advance Polls will be held from October 19 to 22, 2016 to allow voters to cast ballots prior to Election Day.

Special Polls

Special Polls for voters at hospitals, seniors’ centres and special care homes will operate at the same dates and times as Advance Polls, with the exception of hospitals and the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre where voting will take place on Election Day between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Candidates for the office of Mayor or Councillor are required to publicly disclose details of all election campaign contributions and expenses. Total election expenses for a candidate shall not exceed:
  1. $67,050, in the case of a candidate for Mayor
  2. $11,175 in the case of a candidate for Councillor
Election expense limits apply to all election expenses incurred, whether or not paid, and contributions, whether received or pledged, during the period from June 1 to December 31 of the year of the general election.
Candidates for the office of Trustee of the Board of Education of the Regina School Division No. 4 of Saskatchewan are required to make public disclosure of details of all election campaign contributions and expenses.
There are no requirements for candidates for the office of Trustee of the Regina Separate School Division No. 81 to disclose campaign contributions and expenses.
Nominations Period Tuesday, September 6 to Wednesday, September 21
Filing Deadline Wednesday, September 21 at 4 p.m.
Deadline for Withdrawal Thursday, September 22 at 4 p.m.
Candidate Information Night September 13, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Advance Polls Wednesday, October 19 to Saturday, October 22
Mobile Poll Wednesday, October 19 to Saturday, October 22
(application deadline: Wednesday, October 5)
Deadline to Apply for Mail-in Ballots Wednesday, October 26
Voter Information Card Distribution Monday, September 26 to Friday, September 30
Call for Nomination Ads Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3
Mobile Poll Ads Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24
Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1
Notice of Poll Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8
Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15
Decide which office you would like to represent (Mayor, Councillor, School Board Trustee)
Ensure you are qualified to hold office (citizenship, residency, etc.) and are not disqualified under The Local Government Elections Act and The Education Act
Note the requirements and deadlines for filing your nomination papers
Submit your Candidate Profile & Video Form with your nomination papers
Note the name and contact number of the Returning Officer and Election Coordinator
Attend the Candidates’ Information Night on September 13, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Attend an Orientation Session (candidates will be contacted directly once these are scheduled)
Obtain a copy of the latest polling area information from the Election Coordinator
Familiarize yourself with voter eligibility requirements
Know advance, mobile, special poll and mail-in ballot voting opportunities in your ward or school subdivision, in case you are asked by voters
Appoint persons to act as your official agent, if required, and file the appropriate form with the Election Coordinator
Know the restrictions on allowable campaign expenses, statutory requirements for election signage and which political activities are not permitted at voting places on Election Day or during your campaign
Promote and vote on Election Day: October 26, 2016!