Section 47.01 of the Municipal Elections Act provides the Municipal Electoral Officer with discretionary powers to modify any provision of the Act to carry out the purpose and intent of this Act during a state of emergency or a state of local emergency, as those terms are defined in the Emergency Measures Act. The Act requires the Municipal Electoral Officer to give notice to the public of the action and the reasons for taking the action, in a manner that the Municipal Electoral Officer determines is appropriate.
The following modifications are made for the May 10, 2021 Municipal General Elections:
- In accordance with section 47.01 of the Municipal Elections Act, the municipal electoral officer directs the use of an alternative voting method at the local elections to be held on May 10, 2021, during the State of Emergency declared by the Minister of Justice and Public Safety on March 19, 2020, which continues under renewed orders. The alternative voting method described at page 28 of the Municipal Electoral Officer Directives for Voting by Special Ballot, “Elector Voting Outside of the Returning Office, By Telephone”, is to be used to facilitate voting by electors in lieu of individual appointments for voting by special ballot outside of the returning office.
- In accordance with section 47.01 of the Municipal Elections Act, the Municipal Electoral Officer modifies subparagraph 5(b)(iv) of the General Regulation - Municipal Elections Act (NB Reg. 2008-26) to allow a payment of $150.00 to a treatment centre for assistance provided by its staff to facilitate the vote-by-mail process for the centre’s residents.
- In accordance with section 47.01 of the Municipal Elections Act, the Municipal Electoral Officer modifies Form M 02 102/103 (Appointment and Oath/Affirmation of Municipal Returning Office Staff), used under section 7 of the Municipal Elections Act to accommodate the appointment of designated staff members of a treatment centre as election officers and that the oath may be administered by the administrator of the treatment centre or their designate.
- In accordance with subsection 47.01(1) of the Municipal Elections Act, for the May 10, 2021 local elections, the Municipal Electoral Officer modifies section 39.1 of the Municipal Elections Act to permit eligible electors to a cast a special ballot paper IF, at 8 p.m. on Election Day, they are already in line waiting to vote in-person at that municipal returning office or satellite municipal returning office. No eligible elector who is not actually present and waiting in line to vote at the municipal returning office or satellite municipal returning office at 8 p.m. on Election Day shall be permitted to vote, regardless of whether others are voting or waiting in line when the person arrives.