Municipal and CSAP School Board Elections will be held on October 17, 2020.
The Elections held in the Town of Bridgewater for both Municipal and CSAP School Board Member will be by electronic voting ONLY. That means that voting will take place via electronic device (ie: smartphone, tablet, ipad, laptop, etc.) or via telephone (ie: smartphone, land line).
Electronic Voting will take place from Thursday, October 8, 2020 (starting time to be announced at a later date) until the close of the polls at 7:00 p.m. on ordinary polling day (Saturday, October 17, 2020). This equates to 10 days of voting opportunity anytime/anywhere between the hours of when the voting site is OPEN and the voting site is CLOSED.
** More information on how to vote will be placed on this page at a later date. Stay tuned!
RETURNING OFFICER FOR THE Town of Bridgewater & CSAP School Board - South Shore Region
Executive Assistant to CAO/Returning Officer
60 Pleasant Street, Bridgewater
PLEASE NOTE that there are no longer elections for regular school board members (ie: South Shore Regional School Board).
However, the French School Board (Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial - CSAP) still have Board member elections during regular municipal elections.
ONLY THOSE QUALIFIED TO VOTE FOR CSAP MAY DO SO. Qualifications are noted below.
QUALIFICATIONS TO RUN FOR COUNCIL/MAYOR
In order to run for council (mayor or councillor) you must:
* be 18 years of age at the time of Nomination;
* be a Canadian Citizen;
* be ordinarily resident in the Town of Bridgewater for 6 months preceding Nomination Day (by March 7, 2020), and continue to so reside;
* must also ensure that all municipal charges that are taxes and liens that are due hae been fully paid, and, if a municipality has provided for payment of taxes by installment or interim payments, all installments or interim payments due as of Nomination Day must be paid. You will need to get a certificate from the municipality to this effect, which must be filed with your Nomination Paper. The certificate is required even if property is not in your name or owe taxes.
More information on the above, and any other questions/concerns about running in the fall election, can be found in the pdf Candidate's Guide (356 KB) .
Packages for those interested in running for council will soon be made available for pick up or for download. More information on dates available for pickup will be advised at a later date.
QUALIFICATIONS TO VOTE IN MUNICIPAL ELECTION (MAYOR AND COUNCIL)
Under the Municipal Elections Act (s.14), a person entitled to be registered on the list of electors and to vote in a municipal election must:
- be 18 years or older ( born on or before October 8, 2002) and a Canadian citizen on the first advance polling day (October 8, 2020);
- is a Canadian Citizen on the first advance polling day (October 8, 2020);
- have been ordinarily resident in the Province for a period of six (6) months immediately preceding the first advance polling day (October 8, 2020); and
- is ordinarily resident in the Town of Bridgewater and to have been so since immediately before the first advance polling day (October 8, 2020).
What is meant by ORDINARILY RESIDENT?
Section 16 of the Municipal Elections Act states that a ordinary resident is:
- Where a person lives and where the person intends to return to when away;
- Where a person usually lives and sleeps, and to which, when away, the person intends to return, regardless of where he or she takes meals or is employed;
- Where a person is living temprarily at a place and if the person has no other place the person considers as that person's place of residence;
- Where a person is provided with food, lodging or other social services by a shelter, hostel or similar institution, the person would be ordinarily resident in that shelter, hostel or other institution.
NOTE: a person is not ordinarily resident in a seasonal dwelling generally only occupied between May and October unless the person has no other dwelling place;
a person can only be ordinarily resident in 1 place at a time.
QUALIFICATIONS TO VOTE IN CSAP ELECTION
The elected CSAP Board Member represents the South Shore Region and this region contains the following areas: Town of Bridgewater, Region of Queens, Town of Lunenburg, Maitland Bridge (Municipality of Annapolis County), Municipality of the District of Chester, Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, and the Town of Mahone Bay. There are additional qualifications that electors who are voting for a member of the CSAP must meet.
Electors who are "entitled persons" as per section 3(h)(i) of the Education (CSAP) Act, are entitled to vote for the member of the CSAP in their polling district. An "entitled person" is explained as a person:
- Who is a Canadian citizen;
- Whose first language learned and still understood is French; or
- Who received their primary school instruction in Canada in a French-First-Language program; or
- of Whom any child has received or is receiving primary or secondary school instruction in Canada in a French-first-Language program.
PERSONS NOT QUALIFIED TO VOTE
Section 15 of the Municipal Elections Act disqualifies the following persons from registration or voting:
- the Returning Officer;
- an inmate in a correctional or reform centre;
- a person convicted of bribery under the Municipal Elections Act in the 6 years preceding Election Day. (October 17, 2014)
Please Note: Nova Scotia does not have non-resident voting. This means that municipal taxpayers who are not ordinarily resident in the Town of Bridgewater are not entitled to vote in the Town of Bridgewater, despite the fact they they own property there, or their children attend school there.
Exective Assistant to Mayor & Council
60 Pleasant Street, Bridgewater