It doesn't matter how you vote, the important thing is that you vote
Revised March 2015
Elections in Resort Villages
The next municipal elections for mayor and councillors in Resort Villages will take place on Saturday, July 30, 2016.
It is important to become involved in your community's affairs and exercise your democratic right to choose the leaders of your community.
Resort Village councils are elected for 4-year terms commencing with the first meeting following the election. Council consists of an elected mayor and a minimum of two councillors. Municipalities may increase or decrease the size of its council by passing a bylaw to do so, at least 180 days before the general election.
The nomination period begins when the returning officer publishes and posts the call for nominations (on or before June 13, 2016). Nominations may be filed any time during regular office hours from the time the call for nominations is posted until the deadline of 2:00 pm on Nomination Day which is June 25, 2016. If a further call for nominations is required as a result of insufficient candidates, the second nomination period expires on July 9, 2016.
Who Can Run?
Candidates for Resort Village Council must be:
- at least 18 years old on Election Day;
- a Canadian citizen; and
- one of the following:
a) a resident of the resort village for at least 3 consecutive months immediately preceding the date nomination papers are filed and a resident of Saskatchewan for at least 6 months immediately preceding the date nomination papers are filed; or
b) an owner or lessee of assessable land in the resort village for at least 3 consecutive months immediately preceding the date the nomination paper is submitted and have resided in Saskatchewan for at least 6 consecutive months immediately preceding the date on which nomination papers are submitted; or
c) the spouse of a person mentioned in (a) or (b) above.
At least five voters of the municipality must sign a candidate's nomination paper. If the municipality has passed a bylaw requiring candidates to submit a criminal record check, it must accompany the nomination paper. Nomination papers must be complete and include the candidate's signed acceptance.
Who Can Vote?
Eligible voters must be:
- at least 18 years old;
- a Canadian citizen;
- and qualify as one of the following:
a) a resident of the resort village for at least 3 consecutive months immediately preceding election day; or
b) an owner of assessable land in the resort village for at least 3 consecutive months immediately preceding election day; or
c) a lessee of land in the resort village for at least 3 consecutive months immediately preceding election day; or
d) the spouse of a person mentioned in (a) (b) or (c) above.
How to Vote
Eligible voters can vote at the polling station set up for their municipality. Voters can check the Notice of Poll for the location of their polling place. Resort Villages have to option to establish a polling place resort village. The polling station is open from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm.
Instructions on how to vote will be posted at the polling station. If you need help, the Deputy Returning Officer who gives you your ballot will assist you.
Resort villages may make special provisions to accommodate voters with limited mobility by providing mobile polls and curbside voting. Information on these methods of voting is available from the Returning Officer.
At the polling station, the names of the candidates for mayor and councillors are listed on the ballots for each office. Generally, the names will be alphabetical although Council may have earlier provided for random or rotational order. The candidate's occupation, if any, is printed beneath the candidate's name.
You may vote for only one candidate for mayor, and no more than the stated number of councillors, by making a distinct "X" in the space beside the candidate's name. The ballot is secret.
One or more advance polls may operate during the weeks immediately before Election Day.
Advance Poll voting is conducted in the same manner as a regular poll. The locations and hours of all Advance Polls are listed on the Notice of Advance Poll, advertised in your municipality. This information is also available from the Returning Officer.