- That electronic and telephone voting are acceptable methods of voting for Community Council elections in 2020 – 2021 and 2021 – 2022.
- Waiving the requirements to post election announcements, voters lists and candidate lists in Community Council offices (until such time as PCMNO directs or the Code is amended by Special Resolution at an Annual General Assembly).
- And waiving the requirement for signatures on nomination papers (until such time as PCMNO directs or the Code is amended by Special Resolution at an Annual General Assembly).
Telephone Voting and Support:
1-855-923-3006 (Toll Free)
To facilitate secure and private telephone voting for Citizens, a dedicated OneFeather Election Officer will staff the telephone. This process is different from the PCMNO election when an automated answering machine collected telephone votes. The following is how telephone voting will work in Community Council elections:
- Citizens can call the OneFeather Election Officer at 1-855-923-3006 between the hours of 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM EST on the first and last day of the online voting period
- When calling the toll-free number, voters may get an answering machine. The OneFeather Election Officer may be assisting other voters at the time of your call. If you get an answering machine, you should leave your name, and phone number and the OneFeather Election Officer will return your call.
- The OneFeather Election Officer will verify their identity and have the elector acknowledge the MNO’s Oath of Allegiance (required in the Electoral Code), and also declare the following:
I, [Citizen Name] permit OneFeather to be marking and casting a ballot as directed by the [Citizen Name] and that the [Citizen Name] explicitly agrees and consents to this process and are doing so of their own free will without compulsion.
- Having completed the oath and declaration, Citizens will advise the Election Officer of their choice on the Ballot. The OneFeather Election Officer will mark a ballot, and the Ballot will be placed into a secure Ballot box.
- The Citizen will be noted as having voted by telephone – electors can’t vote both by phone and online.
- At the close of all polls (telephone and online), OneFeather tallies all ballots and documents the outcome. At the end of all voting in a Community Council election, the OneFeather Election Officer submits a complete record of voting to the Métis Nation of Ontario and returns all paper ballots (telephone) to the Métis Nation of Ontario’s Electoral Officer.
To help conduct Community Council elections, as per MNO Electoral Code: Part B, every council appoints an Electoral Officer or committee. Loma Rowlinson from the MNO’s Community Relations team has been appointed to serve as the Electoral Officer for Community Council elections at this time. You can contact Loma to answer questions or offer assistance at:
Phone (Toll-Free): 1-800-263-4889 Ext. 344