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October 21, 2014 - Allowing Returning Officer to Delay the Mailing of Voter Information Cards to Voters in Whitby—Oshawa

NOVEMBER 17, 2014 BY-ELECTION
in the ELECTORAL DISTRICT of

WHITBY-OSHAWA (ONTARIO)

ADAPTATION OF THE CANADA ELECTIONS ACT
PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION 17(1) OF THAT ACT
FOR THE PURPOSE OF ALLOWING THE RETURNING OFFICER TO DELAY
THE MAILING OF VOTER INFORMATION CARDS TO VOTERS IN
WHITBY-OSHAWA BY-ELECTION

Whereas a by-election was called on October 12, 2014 in the electoral district of Whitby—Oshawa (Ontario) with polling day on November 17, 2014;

Whereas municipal elections will be held across Ontario with a polling day of October 27, 2014;

Whereas in accordance with subsection 95(1) of the Canada Elections Act ("the Act"), notices of confirmation of registration ("Voter Information Cards") must be sent not later than the 24th day before polling day, or October 24, 2014;

Whereas Voter Information Cards contain information as to where and when to vote at the federal election, which will be different from where and when to vote at the municipal election;

Whereas the Chief Electoral Officer wants to avoid voters in the electoral district of Whitby-Oshawa being confused by having federal Voter Information Cards arrive so soon before the municipal polling day;

Whereas mailing the Voter Information Cards to voters in the electoral district of Whitby-Oshawa after the municipal election would eliminate such confusion;

And whereas subsection 17(1) of the Act provides the following:

17. (1) During an election period or within 30 days after it, if an emergency, an unusual or unforeseen circumstance or an error makes it necessary, the Chief Electoral Officer may, for the sole purpose of enabling electors to exercise their right to vote or enabling the counting of votes, adapt any provision of this Act and, in particular, may extend the time for doing any act, subject to subsection (2), or may increase the number of election officers or polling stations.

Therefore, pursuant to subsection 17(1) of the Act, the Chief Electoral Officer hereby adapts the Canada Elections Act as follows for the purpose of allowing Returning Officers to mail Voter Information Cards to voters in the electoral district of Whitby-Oshawa after polling day for the Whitby municipal election:

1. Subsection 95(1) of the Act is adapted by changing the words "24th day before polling day" and replacing them with "21st day before polling day" so that the provision reads "Each returning officer shall, as soon as possible after the issue of a writ but not later than the 21st day before polling day, send a notice of confirmation of registration to every elector whose name appears on the preliminary list of electors..."

October 21, 2014



October 21, 2014

Marc Mayrand
Chief Electoral Officer of Canada