What you need to know to vote in school elections

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This what you need to know to vote in school elections

Municipal and school board elections take place on October 24 in Ontario.

On October 24, Ontarians will go to the polls to choose their elected municipal officials. This date also coincides with school elections. Journalist Francesca Mérentié explains how to find the information you need to properly exercise your right to vote in these elections.

There are several ways to find out who is running for office school counselors. Each municipality is responsible for conducting elections for their council members and provincial school trustees. It also has a secretary who is responsible for the smooth running of these elections.

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As a result, a visit to their website or their office, or even a phone call, reveals the list of candidates running in the school elections.

One ​​way to do this is to visit the Ontario Municipal and School Board Elections website. Click on the 2022 Elections tab, choose the school system, then choose the school board to see the list of candidates.

Numbers of school trustee positions up for election

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12

Ontario Public School Boards Association

Franco-Ontarian Association of Catholic School Boards

24

Out of 130 school trustees in the French-language education system across the province, 94 of them have already been elected by acclamation.

Source: ACÉPO and AFOCSC

In addition, the website, VoterLookup, also makes it possible to verify whether the information concerning you as an elector is exact.

It is up to candidates for school trustees to make themselves known to voters. However, not all elected aspirants campaign. Two representatives, one from the Catholic school boards and the other from the public boards, spoke on this subject.

Yves Lévesque is the Executive Director of the Franco-Ontarian Association of Catholic School Boards (AFOCSC). He explains that school trustees are not politicians, but administrators elected to manage school boards. In fact, they have no obligation to campaign to the population. They are there to represent their community, he says.

Yves Lévesque is the general manager of the Franco-Ontarian Association of Catholic School Boards (AFOCSC).

Denis Chartrand, president of the Association of Public School Boards of Ontario (ACÉPO), believes that candidates elected to school trustee positions should ensure that voters are informed of their candidacy and their profile by presenting a brief biography, he says. In particular, he suggests posting this information on the Ontario Municipal and School Board Elections site, for example.

According to him, if there is no political contest or great rivalry between candidates during school elections, it is probably due to the fact that school boards are well-established institutions throughout the province. .

He recalls that in the past, school councils often organized debates between candidates for school trustee positions. Denis Chartrand also believes that the media have their part to play in informing the population.

Denis Chartrand, President of the Association of Public School Boards of Ontario, ACÉPO

For his part, Mr. Lévesque emphasizes the importance of popularizing the role of school counselors to revive interest in their elections.

He is aware that there is a certain lack of public interest in school elections.

“There is work to be done with associations for better visibility of school counsellors”

—Yves Lévesque, Director General of the Franco-Ontarian Association of Catholic School Boards

The administrator reminds that the AFOCSC organized about ten information sessions and training for school counsellors.

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