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Timeline for Questions on the Ballot

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The process for placing a question on the ballot takes 190 days, beginning when council gives notice of its intent to pass a bylaw to put the question on the ballot. Council may need additional time to consider the potential question before it gives notice.

Dates given are the latest dates that each step could happen in order for a question to be put on the ballot for the 2014 election.

190 Days before Voting Day – Sunday, April 20, 2014
This is the last day the municipality can give notice of council’s intent to put a question on the ballot. The notice must contain the wording of the question, and a clear unbiased explanation in plain language of the consequences of a yes vote and a no vote, including any cost implications. The notice must also include information about how to appeal the wording of the question.

Council must also hold a public meeting prior to passing the bylaw to put a question on the ballot.

180 Days before Voting Day – Wednesday, April 30, 2014
This is the last day that council can pass a bylaw to put a question on the ballot.

165 Days before Voting Day – Thursday, May 15, 2014
This is the last day for the clerk to give notice to the public and to the Minister that council has passed a bylaw to put a question on the ballot.

148 Days before Voting Day – Sunday, June 1, 2014
This is the last day that the Minister, a school board or an upper-tier municipality can submit a question to be put on the ballot to the clerk conducting the election. This is the last day that a petition can be submitted to council for a question on fluoridation.

145 Days before Voting Day – Wednesday, June 4, 2014
This is the last day that a person can file an appeal to the Chief Electoral Officer on the wording of the question. The appeal must be filed with the municipal clerk.

130 Days before Voting Day – Thursday June 19, 2014
This is the last day for the clerk to forward any appeals received to the Chief Electoral Officer.

70 Days before Voting Day – Monday, August 18, 2014
This is the last day for the Chief Electoral Officer to consider an appeal and decide whether the wording of the question should be changed.

45 Days before Voting Day – Friday, September 12, 2014
This is the last day that a question can be withdrawn so that it will not appear on the ballot.

Monday, October 27, 2014 – Voting Day

14 Days after Voting Day – Monday, November 10, 2014
This is the earliest day that council can take action to implement the results of the question if there is a binding “yes” vote.

180 Days after Voting Day – Saturday, April 25, 2015
This is the deadline for council to take action to implement the results of the question if there is a binding “yes” vote.