To be eligible to vote, a person must first be qualified as an elector. Section 47 of the Local Authorities Election Act sets out the criteria of an elector as a person with the following characteristics:
Electors use the voting register as a prescribed form to make a statement of eligibility to vote. It outlines the criteria that must be satisfied by all prospective voters. It also requires that, where applicable, a prospective voter indicate his/her eligibility to vote for either a public or separate school trustee.
Candidates must be a resident of a public school district or division or resident of a separate school district. If an individual lives within the boundaries of a separate school district and is the same faith (Roman Catholic) of the established district, that person is a resident of the separate school district. Eligibility to vote for a trustee for a particular system is determined by faith. If you have children attending the public system but are a separate school elector, you must vote for a separate school trustee.
Elections are a fundamental element of democratic governance. They grant individuals an equal voice and foster community involvement in the delivery of education. An informed and effectual board of trustees must be comprised of community representatives. The School Act and Local Authorities Election Act allow school authorities to design electoral structures that best serve the demographic and geographical makeup of their respective education communities. Section 262 of the School Act allows school authorities to elect trustees at large or by wards. Wards subdivide the total geographical area of the school authority into smaller geographical units. Persons who reside in a particular ward vote for a candidate to represent the ward in which they reside.