2018 Election


The next regular Municipal Election will be held on Monday, October 22nd, 2018. 

Important Dates:

Subject Date
Nomination Start Date May 1, 2018
Nomination End Date July 27, 2018 at 2:00pm
Voting Day October 22, 2018
New Term of Council Begins December 1, 2018
End of Campaign Period December 31, 2018

The new term of Council office will be from December 1st, 2018 to November 15th, 2022.

Traditional/Telephone/Internet Voting in the 2018 Election

The Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal will once again be offering residents the options of traditional paper ballots, telephone and internet voting for the 2018 Municipal Election.

Traditional paper ballots will be available on Election Day, Monday, October 22, 2018. Telephone and Internet noting will be used on Election Day, Monday, October 22, 2018, as well as the 7 days prior to the election.

The Municipal Elections Act, states that the Clerk shall establish procedures and forms for the use of any voting and vote-counting method authorized by by-law, and any alternative voting method authorized by by-law, and provide copy of the procedures and forms to each candidate when his or her nomination is filed.

To view the above noted procedures, please click here.

View the 2018 Municipal Election Accessibility Plan

Eligibility to Vote:

You are eligible to vote in the Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal if you are:

  • A Canadian Citizen;
  • At least 18 years old;
  • Live in the Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal or own or rent property in the Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal, or are the spouse of an owner or tenant; and
  • Not prohibited from voting

Confirm you’re on the list to vote in the 2018 municipal and school board elections this fall – Click on the image below or call 1-866-296-6722 to learn more.

Changes Affecting Nominations

A person can file their nomination papers on any day or after May 1, 2018, up to July 27, 2018 at 2:00pm on Nomination Day, at a time when the Clerk’s office is open.

The nomination papers of a person for an office on a council must be endorsed by at least 25 persons (with signatures) and must be accompanied by a prescribed declaration by each of the persons endorsing the nomination.  Candidates cannot campaign or spend money prior to filing their nomination papers with the Clerk’s office.

So, You Want to Run for Council:

The Clerks of Leeds & Grenville will again be providing information session on the municipal election process.   For those that were unable to attend the information session held in the spring, please click here to watch the video recording.

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is offering a course geared to individuals who are planning to run for an office on a council.   The course presents the challenges and opportunities candidates may face through the campaign and as members of council.  Click here to learn more about the course and associated costs.


Key Information/Documentation 

Edwardsburgh Cardinal Candidate Information Guide 2018

Nomination Form 1

Endorsement of Nomination Form 2

2018 Candidates’ Guide for Ontario Municipal Council and School Board Elections

2018 Voters’ Guide

2018 Guide for Third Party Advertisers

Use of Corporate Resources For Election Purposes Policy

Joint Leeds & Grenville 2018 Election Compliance Audit Committee

The municipalities of Athens, Augusta, Brockville, Edwardsburgh Cardinal, Elizabethtown-Kitley, Front of Yonge, Gananoque, Leeds & the Thousand Islands, Merrickville/Wolford, North Grenville, Prescott, Rideau Lakes and Westport are recruiting experienced professionals for appointment to the Joint Leeds and Grenville 2018 Election Compliance Audit Committee.

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996, requires municipalities to establish a Compliance Audit Committee to consider applications requesting audits of election campaign finances. The Committee may be required to appoint auditors and determine if legal proceedings are required as a result of the auditors’ reports.

Applicants with a background in law, election administration, public administration, auditing and accounting, professionals who are required to adhere to codes of standards of their profession and those with in-depth knowledge of the campaign financing rules are preferred.

Applicants should have:
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of municipal elections, including campaign financing rules;
• Proven analytical and decision-making skills;
• Experience working on committees, task forces or similar settings;
• Availability and willingness to attend meetings during daytime and evening hours over a four-year term; and
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Pursuant to subsection 88.37 (2) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 applicants cannot be candidates or registered third party advertisers in the 2018 Municipal Election, or any by-election during the 2018-2022 Council term nor can they have committed to providing professional advice to any person running for office in any of the participating municipalities. Municipal employees and members of Council are also ineligible.

The Committee’s term of office is four years, beginning in December 2018. Successful applicants, in good standing, will receive a $100 retainer at the end of each year during the term.

Applicants may be required to participate in an interview process. For further information please contact Lesley Todd, Clerk of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

Deadline for applications is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018.

Click here to access the application.

2018 School Board Election Information

Ontario’s School Board Elections are on October 22! Find out what school trustees do, how to become a trustee, how and where to vote, who is running in your ward or region and everything you need to know about school boards. Click on the image below to learn more.


The Municipal Elections are administrated by the Municipal Clerk, who acts as the Returning Officer under the authority of the Municipal Elections Act.  Should you have any questions regarding the 2018 Municipal Election, please contact:

Debra McKinstry, CAO/Clerk
1-613-658-3055 ext. 104
Toll Free: 1-866-848-9099

Rebecca Williams, Deputy Clerk
1-613-658-3055 ext. 105
Toll Free: 1-866-848-9099