Amendment to Section 141 of the Local Government Elections Act, 2015

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Amendment to Section 141 of the Local Government Elections Act, 2015

Res #: 15-21A
Number: 15
Year: 2021
Midterm: No
Expired: No
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations

WHEREAS Section 141 of The Local Government Elections Act, 2015 (LGEA) allows for guidance on a tied vote.  The direction provided states to write names of the tied candidates on separate blank sheets of paper of equal size, colour and texture and fold them all the same and deposit them into a receptacle where a name is to be drawn to determine who is elected; and 

WHEREAS the rural municipality has gone through weeks of election preparation and expense notifying eligible voters about the details of the election that is going to take place; and 

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM Lobby the provincial government to amend Section 141 of the Local Government Elections Act to make it more democratic, to make the results of a tied vote better reflect the opinions and interests of voters and to help strengthen the voice of voters; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED to amend Section 141 of the LGEA which would allow the returning officer to postpone the declaration of results until after the preparations and election procedures of a second ballot.  Only the names of the tied voters should be on the second ballot.  If the second ballot is tied, repeat steps of another ballot until a declaration can be made.