Municipality of the County of Inverness

District 2 Residents Elect New Councillor

INVERNESS COUNTY, UNAMA’KI – During the 2022 Special Election for District 2 Councillor, residents elected Blair W. Phillips as Councillor. The results are as follows:

Alfred Aucoin – 235 votes

Shaun Bennett – 112 votes

John Carmichael – 78 votes

Seph Peters – 160 votes

Blair W. Phillips – 373 votes

Rob Romard – 4 votes

Declined – 2

Spoiled – 0

Voting was held online and over the phone in both official languages. There were 1783 eligible voters and 964 votes cast for a rate of 54.1%. This is an increase over the 2016 election, the last election in which there was more than one candidate, when approximately 46% eligible voters participated.

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Returning Officer:

Tanya Tibbo

902-787-2274

tanya.tibbo@invernesscounty.ca

AVIS DE SCRUTIN: Élection spéciale du District 2

L’élection municipale spéciale du conseiller du district 2 aura lieu le samedi 4 juin 2022.

Le vote électronique (c’est-à-dire par téléphone et par Internet) sera le seul moyen de voter, à partir de 8 h le mardi 24 mai et 24 heures sur 24 jusqu’à la fermeture des bureaux de vote le jour de l’élection, le samedi 4 juin 2022 à 19 h. Il n’y aura pas de bulletins de vote en papier pour cette élection.

Des lettres d’instructions individuelles seront envoyées à chaque électeur dont le nom figure sur la liste électorale modifiée et comprendront un numéro d’identification personnel (NIP) unique.  Les détails complets sur la façon d’accéder au système seront également fournis dans la lettre d’instruction de l’électeur.

PRENEZ AVIS que les candidatures suivantes ont été reçues dans le cadre de l’élection municipale spéciale qui aura lieu dans la Municipalité du comté d’Inverness pour le poste de conseiller – district 2 :

Office Candidats
Conseiller

District 2

  • Alfred AUCOIN
  • Shaun BENNETT
  • John CARMICHAEL
  • Seph PETERS
  • Blair W. PHILLIPS
  • Rob ROMARD

 

VOTE ANTICIPÉ

Comme indiqué ci-dessus, le vote par anticipation sera disponible uniquement par voie électronique, par téléphone ou par Internet, à partir de 8h00 le mardi 24 mai et 24 heures sur 24 jusqu’à la fermeture des bureaux de vote le jour de l’élection spéciale, le samedi 4 juin à 19h00.

ASSISTANCE AUX ÉLECTEURS

Les électeurs ayant besoin d’aide pour voter par téléphone ou par Internet doivent appeler la ligne d’assistance aux électeurs au 902-787-2274.

FAIT à Port Hood, Nouvelle-Écosse, ce 16e jour de mai 2022.

SIGNÉ :           Tanya Tibbo

Directrice du scrutin

Tél. : 902-787-2274

NOTICE OF POLL: District 2 Special Election

The Special Municipal Election for District 2 Councillor will be held on Saturday, June 4th, 2022.

Electronic voting (i.e. by telephone and internet) will be the only means of voting, beginning at 8:00am on Tuesday, May 24th and running 24 hours a day until the close of the polls on Election Day – Saturday, June 4th, 2022 at 7:00pm. There will be no paper ballots for this election.

Individual Voter Instruction Letters will be mailed to each voter who is on the Amended Voters’ List and will include a unique personal identification number (PIN).  Full details on how to access the system will also be provided in the Voter Instruction Letter.

TAKE NOTICE that the following nominations have been received in respect of the Special Municipal Election to be held in the Municipality of the County of Inverness for Councillor – District 2:

Office Candidates
Councillor

District 2

  • Alfred AUCOIN
  • Shaun BENNETT
  • John CARMICHAEL
  • Seph PETERS
  • Blair W. PHILLIPS
  • Rob ROMARD

ADVANCE VOTING

As noted above, advance voting will be available electronically only by telephone or the internet beginning at 8:00am on Tuesday, May 24th and running 24 hours a day until the close of the polls on Special Election Day – Saturday, June 4th at 7:00pm.

VOTER ASSISTANCE

Electors requiring assistance with telephone or internet voting should call the Voter Help Line at 902-787-2274.

DATED at Port Hood, Nova Scotia, this 16th day of May, 2022.

SIGNED:          Tanya Tibbo

Returning Officer

Tel:  902-787-2274

District 1 Residents Elect New Councillor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2022

District 1 Residents Elect New Councillor

INVERNESS COUNTY, UNAMA’KI – During the 2022 Special Election for District 1 Councillor, residents elected Claude P. Poirier as Councillor. The results are as follows:

Gaëtan François Boudreau – 101 votes

Claude P. Poirier – 737 votes

Joseph Christopher Poirier – 452 votes

Declined – 1

Spoiled –  2

A Special Election was called following the retirement of former Councillor Alfred Poirier. Voting was held online and over the phone in both official languages. There were 2173 eligible voters and 1293 votes cast for a rate of 59.5%.

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Returning Officer:

Tanya Tibbo

902-787-2274

tanya.tibbo@invernesscounty.ca

 

Media contact:

Karolyn Aucoin

902-258-7513

karolyn.aucoin@invernesscounty.ca

NOTICE OF POLL: Special Election for District 1 Councillor

Municipality of the County of Inverness

SPECIAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION

COUNCILLOR – DISTRICT 1

The Special Municipal Election for District 1 Councillor will be held on Saturday, March 5th, 2022.

Electronic voting (i.e. by telephone and internet) will be the only means of voting, beginning at 8:00am on Thursday, February 24th and running 24 hours a day until the close of the polls on Election Day – Saturday, March 5th, 2022 at 7:00pm. There will be no paper ballots for this election.

Individual Voter Instruction Letters will be mailed to each voter who is on the Amended Voters’ List and will include a unique personal identification number (PIN).  Full details on how to access the system will also be provided in the Voter Instruction Letter.

TAKE NOTICE that the following nominations have been received in respect of the Special Municipal Election to be held in the Municipality of the County of Inverness for Councillor – District 1.

Office Candidates
Councillor

District 1

  • Gaëtan François Boudreau
  • Claude P. Poirier
  • Joseph Christopher Poirier

ADVANCE VOTING

As noted above, advance voting will be available electronically only by telephone or the internet beginning at 8:00am on Thursday, February 24th and running 24 hours a day until the close of the polls on Special Election Day – Saturday, March 5th at 7:00pm.

VOTER ASSISTANCE

Electors requiring assistance with telephone or internet voting should call the Voter Help Line at 902-787-2274.

DATED at Port Hood, Nova Scotia, this 16th day of February, 2022.

SIGNED:                  

Tanya Tibbo
Returning Officer
Tel:  902-787-3511

Report on Municipal Election

MEMO

To:          Council of the Municipality of the County of Inverness

From:    Dernie Gillis, Chief Returning Officer for the Municipality of the County of Inverness

Date:     November 19, 2020

Re:         Report on Municipal Election for the Municipality of the County of Inverness, held October 17, 2020

I begin by expressing my sincere appreciation to Keith MacDonald, CAO, Tanya Tibbo, Director of Finance, and their very competent and extremely generous staff for their guidance and support during the election. Thank you.

The election itself, as I see it, has three main components: 1. The Electorate; 2. Competent Poll Workers; 3. Suitable Venues in which to work.

This year we had a notable opponent in COVID-19, which threatened to destabilize our election. How we addressed that was all important as well.

The “Electorate” is contained in the preliminary list, as was supplied to us, and updated to June 30th, 2020 by Elections Nova Scotia (“ENS”). From that list we may create a revised list for our use. We cannot alter the preliminary list.

The revised list is graded by the number of voters who are added on Election Day. In our case, 60% or 6,600 total cast their ballots. This is an increase of 10% over previous years. Of that total, 215 were added on election day, or 3.3% of the total vote. These names are then attached to the preliminary list and returned to ENS.

At the provincial Returning Officer meeting on November 9, 2020, many asked the following question:

Why were there so many discrepancies in the preliminary list of electors provided by ENS?

Answer:

  1. The Federal revised List was received by ENS in July, after our list was updated.
  2. Insufficient information received to warrant adding or removing electorate.

Electronic voting (e-voting) was implemented this year to help reduce traffic on October 17, 2020, Election Day. Records will show that this was accomplished by approximately 50%.

We still had to gain the confidence of our communities and assure them that it would be safe to come out to vote and/or work. The Electorate, polling day workers and venue operators were receptive providing we follow Provincial Health Protocols, including (1) Maximum number in venue at one time; (2) Social distancing; (3) Hand and venue sanitizing during the day; (4) One way traffic in and out. In addition, venues were rented for two days, Friday, October 16, 2020 for setup and Saturday, October 17, 2020 for Election Day.

RESULT: 131 Polling day workers were confirmed over 5 Districts, plus one Poll from District #2, for a total of 34 venues, housing a total of 42 Polls. Once we reached this milestone, early to mid September 2020, I felt confident we could do this. We just had to execute.

What followed were Seven training sessions, where workers were briefed on how to run a successful Election, during Covid-19. All materials required were provided during these sessions. Again, thanks to Municipal staff for tracking, purchasing and delivering on these supplies. In addition, A DRO/PC Election Day manual was included.

The daily rate for DRO’s was set at $175.00, while the PC and Guides/Sanitizers received $150.00. The hourly rate was $16.00.

From all reports, the election was a success. No one got sick and from a field of 19 candidates, the people elected or acclaimed 6 Councillors plus two French School Board Representatives (CSAP).

 

Inverness County Council Elects New Warden & Deputy Warden

During the Municipality of the County of Inverness Special Council Meeting held Thursday, November 5, 2020 at the Judique Community Hall, three new Councillors and three incumbents were sworn into office by Justice of the Peace Lynn van de Ven.

This new Council, compromised of Alfred Poirier (District 1), Laurie Cranton (District 2), Bonny MacIsaac (District 3), John MacLennan (District 4), Lynn Chisholm (District 5) and Catherine Gillis (District 6), also elected Inverness County’s new Warden and Deputy Warden.

Councillor Laurie Cranton was elected Warden and Councillor Bonny MacIsaac was elected Deputy Warden. Both Warden Cranton and Deputy Warden MacIsaac were also sworn into their respective offices.

Municipal Council and staff would like to sincerely thank the previous Council for their years of dedication and guidance and look forward to continuing their work.

Inverness County Residents Elect New Council

INVERNESS COUNTY, NS – During the 2020 Municipal Elections, Inverness County residents elected 3 new Councillors and re-elected 1, with 2 other Councillors winning their seats by acclamation. The following Councillors were elected:

District 1:   Alfred Poirier ACCLAIMED

District 2:   Laurie Cranton ACCLAIMED

District 3:   Bonny MacIsaac with 557 votes ELECTED

Gerry Poirier with 217 votes

Jim Mustard with 206 votes

Larry Lariviere with 112 votes

District 4:   John MacLennan with 618 votes ELECTED

Jason Bernard with 265 votes

Christine Dowling with 76 votes

District 5:   Lynn Chisholm with 540 votes ELECTED

Betty Ann MacQuarrie with 394 votes

Thom Oommen with 288 votes

District 6:   Catherine L. Gillis with 737 votes ELECTED

John Dowling with 348 votes

Mary Jess MacDonald with 186 votes

Gerard Gillis with 109 votes

The following candidates were elected as members of the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial School Board:

  • Philippe Haché with 565 votes ELECTED
  • Joeleen Larade with 375 votes ELECTED
  • Leonard LeFort with 341 votes

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Important Update for Electors

The Returning Officer for the Municipality of the County of Inverness provided an Amended List of Electors to the candidates running in the 2020 Municipal Election that displayed the birthdates of the Electors. The List of Electors is a confidential list that is not available for inspection or distribution and is to be used solely by the candidates as a reference guide for campaigning. Upon the conclusion of the election all electoral lists and copies are expected to be returned with an affidavit completed by each of the candidates that confirms they deleted or destroyed any electronic and physical copies. Personal information contained in the list of electors is protected under the Municipal Election Act. The use of this list for any other purpose would be considered a corrupt action under the Act.

Like other municipalities in Nova Scotia, the Municipality of the County of Inverness is allowing electronic, telephone and in-person voting. The Municipality has made every effort possible to make voting more accessible during this pandemic in order to ensure the health and safety of residents, staff, candidates, and election support workers.

The Municipality is utilizing phone and e-voting systems that have incorporated a rigid validation process and format to ensure the continued integrity and confidentiality of the voting process. Regardless of the release of the birthdates of electors, the Municipality has a multi-step audit process to validate the identity of the elector.

Voting irregularities are always a concern and using a relatively new method of voting, like e-voting, can heighten those concerns. The staff of the Municipality of the County of Inverness are taking the steps required to identify electors during the e-voting, telephone voting and in-person polling processes.

NOTICE: Call for Nominations

Nomination papers for all candidates contesting the following positions in the October 17th, 2020 Municipal Elections are available by contacting the Returning Officer at 902-258-5012 or by emailing dernie.gillis@invernesscounty.ca. For more detailed information regarding qualifications for candidates, nomination papers and district descriptions, visit https://invernesscounty.ca/municipal-elections/

  1. One (1) Councillor for each of the Polling Districts

District #1- Chéticamp, Pleasant Bay & Meat Cove

District #2- Grand Étang/St.Joseph du Moine & the Margarees

District #3- Inverness, Dunvegan & Area

District #4- Lake Ainslie, Whycocomagh & Area

District #5- Port Hood, Mabou & Area

District #6- Judique, Port Hastings, West Bay & Area

  1. Two (2) members of the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) representing all districts in the Municipality of the County of Inverness.

Please note: Nomination papers may be filed with the Returning Officer August 27th, 28th, and 31st as well as September 1st – 4th, 2020 by appointment. Nomination Day is Sept. 8th, 2020, 9:00am – 5:00pm at the Municipal Administrative Building (375 Main Street, Port Hood). Appointments are recommended.

Dated at Port Hood, Nova Scotia this 18th day of August, 2020.

Dernie Gillis

Returning Officer