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#1421 tommy

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 09:16 PM

Is there a minimum number of councillors the city must have before a by-election becomes essential? I appreciate that the CoV could probably function just as well as it does now with only one councillor, but I suspect there must be some sort of rules against that.

as long as they can put together a quorum plus one they can operate - in addition the minister can authorize any number to represent a quorum

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#1422 spanky123

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 09:39 PM

Victoria City Council wants to delay the bi-election ​because they know that Stephen Andrew will win under current public sentiment


I think that the Mayor would be quite happy with SA, it is another TV candidate that she would be unhappy with.
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#1423 rmpeers

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 10:45 PM

Adam Stirling suggested that Hardman's reluctance to confirm she is running almost makes one wonder if she somehow knew the byelection wasn't happening soon.
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#1424 FogPub

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 01:57 AM

Regarding normal council quorum, is it 5 of 9?  6 of 9?



#1425 spanky123

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 05:47 AM

Adam Stirling suggested that Hardman's reluctance to confirm she is running almost makes one wonder if she somehow knew the byelection wasn't happening soon.

 

I think that everyone knows the election isn't happening soon. Heck I said months ago that they would wait as long as they could.

 

TV can fundraise independently of her so there is no rush to announce and make yourself a target before you have to. In addition, with both Federal and Provincial fall elections likely, she is probably waiting to see how everything plays out.



#1426 Rob Randall

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 06:58 AM

This also means you can contribute financially in 2020 and 2021, correct?

 

Even though all candidates are starting with a fresh balance sheet there is an advantage to having your expenses spread over three years. 


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#1427 Stephen Andrew

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 07:37 AM

This also means you can contribute financially in 2020 and 2021, correct?

Even though all candidates are starting with a fresh balance sheet there is an advantage to having your expenses spread over three years.


My understanding it’s “per event”.

However, it gives more time to raise funds and more time for pre-campaign spending.

What is infuriating is the Province “took the by-election shackles off” Victoria when it released guidelines on how to hold an election during the pandemic. One has to ask, what were staff doing since the cancellation?

I mention on social media that it really is troubling that we are about to go through another budget process and if that seat remains empty it really is an affront to democracy.
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#1428 Mike K.

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 07:40 AM

Ironically, today is International Democracy Day.
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#1429 Nparker

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 07:48 AM

Ironically, today is International Democracy Day.

The CoV has probably not endorsed this.


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#1430 Torrontes

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 11:19 AM

Did they consider using mail ballot voting more broadly? If they want to encourage participation and manage costs, especially during a pandemic, voting by mail is the logical choice. Why hire mask enforcers at polling stations? That doesn't mean that they couldn't have a few physical voting places on election day. Internet voting is a security nightmare, despite what its' supporters say.

 

Of course, some people (no, not him) dislike voting by mail because there can be greater participation rates, and that means that political parties, special interest groups and fringe groups lose influence. Just say'in.

 

We criticize the U.S. for using voter suppression tactics. That's exactly what's happening in Victoria now.


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#1431 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 12:09 PM

your second paragraph is comedy gold.

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 15 September 2020 - 12:09 PM.


#1432 RFS

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 12:16 PM

and that means that political parties, special interest groups and fringe groups lose influence. Just say'in.


Yeah, no. These groups salivate at voting by mail because it gives them MORE influence. It allows for get out the vote and ballot harvesting on steroids

#1433 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 12:21 PM

it effectively allows partisan groups to campaign on “Election Day” - which in the case of mail voting is the day the person marks the ballot. And at the very place the person marks the ballot. Things expressly forbidden with most regular voting. that’s why it’s so wrong.

#1434 tommy

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 04:07 PM

Regarding normal council quorum, is it 5 of 9?  6 of 9?

7 of 9!...nope, that's a borg thing  ;-)

 

usually it is a simple majrity of small bodies like CofV....larger bodies like the House of commons can set a smaller number as they wish. 

 

legislatures and councils control what makes up quorum on boards and committees, the committee can not set/change their own quorum


Edited by tommy, 15 September 2020 - 04:08 PM.


#1435 TwilightZoneVictoria

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 06:53 PM

Even with mail in PR didn't fly.



#1436 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 11:35 AM

Rumour on the street is that Ben Isitt might run for the Greens in Victoria Beacon Hill in the next provincial election (Carole James is retiring).

#1437 spanky123

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 10:52 AM

Discussion today at the COTW meeting is for staff to report back in another two months on what the plan is for the bi-election. Apparently they need to study the 2014 ebola outbreak in Africa to get ideas on how to have an election during a pandemic (hint you could look at the election last week in NB).


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#1438 GetLisaSomeHelps

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 11:03 AM

Discussion today at the COTW meeting is for staff to report back in another two months on what the plan is for the bi-election. Apparently they need to study the 2014 ebola outbreak in Africa to get ideas on how to have an election during a pandemic (hint you could look at the election last week in NB).

 

It's clear they are delaying to see if there will be any fallout from the current worst kept secret: there will be a provincial election, soon.


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#1439 Nparker

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 11:08 AM

Discussion today at the COTW meeting is for staff to report back in another two months on what the plan is for the by-election...

2 more months!  :eek:  What a despicable group of monsters we have in charge of the CoV. Their exploitation of the pandemic to further their selfish agendas should go down in history as legendary.


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#1440 TwilightZoneVictoria

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 11:18 AM

Maybe they need the time to ask a couple other municipalities how they figured out how to do it.

 

http://www.town.lake...ctions 2020.php

The 2020 general local election for the Town of Lake Cowichan will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020 for eligible voters to elect the following:

 

http://www.smithers....pal-by-election

Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Walnut Park Elementary School, 4092 Mountainview Avenue.

 

https://www.caledoni...minations-open/

The by-election will occur on September 26 with two advanced polling opportunities. Once elected, the next mayor will serve until the Fall of 2022.


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