More than a quarter of the council seats up for grabs in the 2012 municipal elections were won by acclamation - no vote required. Voter participation in Nova Scotia municipal elections hovers just above 40%. The majority of Nova Scotians do not vote in local elections.
LocalDecisions.ca is a guide for Nova Scotians to engage in the municipal elections happening in October of 2016. It’s for everyone from first-time voters, to people who are interested in running for council, or those who want to manage a campaign for someone who will.
Voting in municipal elections is the one regular opportunity we are given to participate in local decision making. Voters decide who represents us on municipal council. Find out if you're eligible to vote, what positions you are able to cast ballots for, and get information about where, when and how to vote.
If voters in your area aren’t offered a choice, they’ll never be able to choose. If you have something to offer in this election, consider running. If you don’t run, you can’t win. Learn more about what to consider before throwing your name in the hat, if you're eligible and how to register as a candidate here.
LocalDecisions.ca is offering three campaign schools across Nova Scotia for candidates, campaign workers and the politically curious. The schools are free to attend, but pre-registration is required.