On April 22, 2014, Aurora Council passed By-law 5612-14 to place two questions on the ballot for the 2014 Municipal Elections.
When voting, eligible electors will be able to vote YES or NO on both of these questions:
- "Are you in favour of electing all Aurora councillors, other than the Mayor, by ward vote instead of general Town-wide vote?"
- "Are you in favour of reducing the number of Aurora councillors, other than the Mayor, from eight (8) councillors to six (6) councillors?"
General information about questions on the ballot
What is a question on the ballot?
A question on the ballot is a referendum, a direct vote on a proposal that may result in changes or additions to municipal policy, procedure, programs or services.
Is the vote binding?
Under the Municipal Elections Act at least 50 per cent of all eligible electors must vote on a question for the vote to be binding.
Who can vote on the Questions on the ballot?
Any eligible elector can vote on the questions on the ballot.
Information on Aurora's questions on the ballot
Where will the questions on the ballot appear?
These questions will be printed on the ballot you receive at a voting location.
What is a 'ward vote' and 'general vote'?
In Ontario, members of Council other than the Mayor can be elected by general vote, ward vote or combination.
In a general vote, a Councillor or Councillors represent the whole community.
In a ward vote, a Councillor or Councillors represent a designated area in the community.
Currently all members of Aurora Council are elected by general vote.
Are there rules about the size of Council?
The Municipal Act requires all Ontario municipalities to have at least five (5) members, one of whom is the Head of Council (usually called the Mayor or Reeve).
Currently, Aurora Council has a Mayor and eight (8) Councillors.
What happens after the election?
Following the election, the Town Clerk will:
- Certify the number of votes cast on each question
- Determine the final number of electors
- Establish whether the vote is binding (where at least 50 per cent of eligible electors voted)
- Provide a report to the new Council in early 2015
If the results are binding and more than 50 per cent of electors voted YES, Aurora Council will be required to take all necessary steps to implement the voters' choice.
If the results are binding and more than 50 per cent of electors vote NO, Aurora Council will not be allowed to make the change for a period of four (4) years following voting day.
Campaigning on questions on the ballot
Can I campaign on the questions?
Individuals, corporations and trade unions are permitted to encourage Aurora voters to vote on one or both of the questions.
If you plan to spend any money in this pursuit, you are considered to be campaigning and are required to register with the Town Clerk by 2 p.m. on Friday, September 12, 2014.
How do I register to campaign?
If you plan to campaign on one or both questions on the ballot, you are required to complete and file a Notice of Registration (Question on the Ballot) Form 7.
If you plan to campaign on both questions on the ballot, you will have to submit two different Notices.
Notices must be submitted in person to the Town Clerk before a registrant incurs any expense.
The registration may be filed during regular office hours up to and including 2 p.m. on September 12, 2014 (Nomination Day). You will also be required to complete a Declaration of Qualification for each Notice filed with the Clerk at the time of filing, and present government-issued photo identification.
What happens if I register?
If you register to raise and spend money, you are required to file a financial statement.
Background Reports & By-laws: