The City of Humboldt follows the Saskatchewan Local Government Election Act. The last general municipal election took place on October 26, 2016. The current Mayor and Councillors will complete 4-year terms that end in October 2020.
If a Councillor resigns from their position, a by-election must be held to fill the vacancy, unless the vacancy happens in the year of a general election.
The Act states that the City Clerk will perform the function of the Returning Officer for the municipality unless City Council appoints another person to act in that capacity. The Returning Officer is the person responsible for the overall process of the election - calling for and accepting nominations, arranging for election workers, identifying polling locations, ordering ballots, monitoring the voting process on election day and ultimately declaring the successful candidates. The Local Government Election Act outlines the process that must be followed to ensure that the election is conducted correctly.
The next general municipal election will be in 2020.
2016 Official Results
The official 2016 election results for the City of Humboldt are as follows:
- *Muench, Rob - 1,633
- Bentley, Harley - 269
- Wempe, Shawn - 81
- *Nordick, Roger - 1,255
- *Weyland, Sandy - 1,233
- *Jorgenson, Larry - 1,161
- *Behiel, Michael - 1,112
- *Pratchler, Lorne - 1,034
- *Hopfner, Owen - 914
- Schatz, Terry - 896
- Klitch, Amanda - 869
- Arendt, Justin - 637
- Kunz, Francis - 443
- Demeter, Sandor - 152
At least 10 business days before Nomination Day, the Returning Officer will publish and post a Notice of Call for Nominations stating the vacancies to be filled by the election. The City of Humboldt's Council consists of one (1) Mayor and six (6) Councillors. Nominations can then be filed at City Hall any time during regular office hours on Nomination Day.
Nomination papers for the City of Humboldt must be signed by at least five voters of the municipality.
Nomination Day was Wednesday, September 21, 2016. The Nomination period is now over.
2016 Municipal Election Candidates
The following candidates have declared their intent to run for elected office in the City of Humboldt, as stated within the 2016 Official Candidate Nomination List:
- Bentley, Harley
- Muench, Rob
- Wempe, Shawn
- Arendt, Justin
- Behiel, Michael
- Demeter, Sandor
- Hopfner, Owen
- Jorgenson, Larry
- Klitch, Amanda
- Kunz, Francis
- Nordick, Roger
- Pratchler, Lorne
- Schatz, Terry
- Weyland, Sandy
Hosted by the Humboldt & District Chamber of Commerce, an all candidates' Civic Election Forum was held on Tuesday, October 18 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Humboldt Uniplex Convention Centre Meeting Room Area.
Who Can Run?
If you would like to run as a candidate in the municipal election, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 18 years of age on Election Day;
- Be a Canadian citizen;
- Have resided in the municipality for at least three consecutive months immediately preceding the date nomination paper is submitted; and
- Have resided in Saskatchewan for at least six consecutive months immediately preceding the date nomination paper is submitted.
Who Can Vote?
Eligible voters must be:
- At least 18 years of age on Election Day;
- A Canadian citizen;
- A resident of Saskatchewan for at least six consecutive months immediately preceding Election Day; and either
- a) a resident of the City of Humboldt for at least three consecutive months immediately preceding Election Day; or
- b) an owner of assessable land for at least three consecutive months immediately preceding Election Day.
How to Vote
Eligible voters can vote at the polling stations set up in the City of Humboldt. Voters can check the published and posted Notice of Poll for the location of their polling place. Polling stations are open from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm on Election Day.
Instructions on how to vote are posted at all polling stations. The City of Humboldt also makes special provisions to accommodate voters with limited mobility by providing mobile polls. Information on these voting methods is available from the Returning Officer.
The names of the candidates for Mayor and Council are listed on the ballots. You may vote for only one candidate for Mayor and no more than six Councillors by making a distinct "X" in the space beside the candidate's name. The ballot is secret.
Voters must provide proof of identification and residence to vote. Photo identification with a street address (such as a Driver's License) is a good form of identification.
Where to Vote
Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM - Humboldt Uniplex (619 17th St. / Highway #5 West)
Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Caleb Village Condos (910 Main Street)
Wednesday, October 26 from 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Poll #1 - Humboldt Uniplex (619 17th St. / Highway #5 West)
Poll #2 - St. Augustine Parish Hall (8th Ave. & 10th Street)
Poll #3 - Royal Canadian Legion Hall (324 Main Street)
Applications to access a mobile poll need to be received by the Returning Officer by 4:00 PM on Friday, October 14, 2016.
Mike Ulriksen, Returning Officer
(306) 682-2597, ext 205
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