A one-stop, online shop for information relating to Brandon’s upcoming fall municipal election is now available to the public with Monday’s launch of brandonvotes.ca.
The 2014 general municipal election will be held Oct. 22, and includes the election of Brandon’s mayor, councillors and school board trustees. Information on the Brandon Votes website will be dedicated to the 2014 election.
“Brandon Votes will be a website where candidates and voters alike can get up-to-date information on all electoral aspects of the 2014 general municipal election,” said Heather Ewasiuk, the city’s deputy clerk and senior elections official.
“Whether a prospective candidate is looking for eligibility requirements or an elector is trying to find out where the nearest polling location is, they can log on to this website and find it all.”
Highlights of the website include sections listing the various candidate and voter eligibilities, a listing of key dates, a frequently-asked-questions section, and a countdown calendar to keep track of election day.
Of particular interest to prospective mayoral and councillor candidates will be sections detailing how to register as a candidate, how to navigate the registration and nomination process and a listing of all the important campaign finance rules imposed by the province.
“While election day is still a number of months away, the campaign period for mayoral candidates begins May 1, and begins June 30 for councillor candidates,” Ewasiuk said.
“All prospective candidates will be required to register before beginning their campaigns if they plan on incurring any election expenses, or receiving any contributions, so they will certainly want to visit Brandon Votes in the weeks leading up to the campaign period, just to make sure they are up-to-speed on all the processes.”
Information on confirmed candidates, revisions to the voters list and polling locations will be added to the site in the coming months.
Brandon Votes will also provide live, up-to-the-minute results of the mayoral, councillor and school trustee races following the close of polls on Oct. 22.
All Brandon residents are encouraged to visit brandonvotes.ca now to learn more about the municipal election and check back frequently for updates during the campaign period.