New date for Cambridge Ward 7 by-election set for Oct. 5

Posted on Tuesday August 25, 2020

In-person, proxy, and curbside voting available

The Ward 7 by-election, originally put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been rescheduled for Oct 5, 2020 with advance poll dates set for September 26, October 2 and October 3 at City Hall.  

“I’m pleased that the by-election has been rescheduled,” says Mayor Kathryn McGarry. “I know the residents of Ward 7 have been waiting patiently and I want to thank them for their understanding. Councillor Monteiro’s seat will be a hard one to fill but I look forward to welcoming a new member to this council and working with them to serve the people of Cambridge.”

With the City gradually re-opening, the City Clerk believes there is now opportunity to conduct a safe and democratic by-election that complies with both the Municipal Elections Act and public health guidelines. Numerous safety precautions will be in effect including health screenings, maximum capacities, single-use pens, plexiglass barriers and enhanced cleaning.

“The safety of the voters and candidates is our top priority,” says Danielle Manton, City Clerk. “As the method of the election was already set, we will continue with in-person voting at City Hall, however we’ve added options for both proxy voting and curbside voting that will allow voters to either send another person in their place or vote from the isolation of their car for those who prefer not to enter City Hall.”  

Any voters who are self-isolating due to symptoms or close contact, or who are awaiting COVID-19 test results will be requested to use a proxy voting, or take advantage of curbside voting. Several curbside voting stations will be set up around City Hall allowing residents to fill out their ballot in their vehicle and drop their ballot in a curbside ballot box.

Voter Information Notices will be sent to all Ward 7 electors who have not already voted. The notices will provide details on the safety protocols in effect and will provide further information as to what is required if an elector tests positive for COVID-19. Voters who previously cast their ballot at the advance poll on March 7 will have their votes counted towards the final tabulator results at the close of voting on October 5. They do not need to vote again.

Candidates running in the Ward 7 by-election may begin campaigning again as of today, August, 25. The City encourages candidates to ensure they are taking resident safety into account while campaigning and to consider online campaigning or unique opportunities that will provide for physical distancing. For more information for both voters and candidates, visit www.cambridge.ca/byelection.

 

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