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2024 Municipal By-Election

Following the resignation of former councillor Earl Colbourne on April 29, after having previously received notice on April 18 of a School District of Mystery Lake Trustee resignation, City of Thompson Council approved a resolution to set September 10 as the By-election date during their May 13 Regular Meeting of Council.

Under Manitoba’s Municipal Act, a by-election is required unless a city council seat becomes vacant 12 months or less before the next general municipal election. Manitoba’s next general municipal election is in October 2026.

On Tuesday, September 10, registered voters in the City of Thompson will elect one City of Thompson Councillor and one School District of Mystery Lake Trustee.

Who Can Vote?

To vote in the 2024 By-election, you must be:

  • 18 years old
  • A Canadian citizen
  • And have resided or owned property within the City of Thompson for at least 6 months as of the election date (since March 10, 2024 or earlier)

Students attending university outside of the City of Thompson who intend to return home after their current term are also eligible voters.

Local residents with no fixed address, such as those who live at a local shelter, hostel, or similar social institution, are also eligible to cast a ballot.

A person may be required to produce one piece of government-issued photo identification (for example – driver’s licence or passport) or at least two other documents that provide proof of identity.

Who Can Run?

Any eligible voter can register as a candidate for the vacant City of Thompson Councillor and School District of Mystery Lake Trustee positions.

Candidates must register with the Senior Election Official Norma Howitt (204-679-4848) before beginning their campaign. The Registration Period for the September 10 By-election will end on August 5.

To have their names placed on the ballot, registered candidates must submit nomination papers including the signatures of 25 eligible voters or 1% of all eligible voters in Thompson, whichever is lower, and a declaration of qualifications during the Nomination Period, which begins on July 30 and ends on August 5.

Candidates may withdraw from the election within 24 hours of the close of nominations as long as at least one candidate remains.

When and Where Can I Vote?

The By-election date will be Tuesday, September 10 and voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bill Comaskey Wellness Centre in the Thompson Regional Community Centre.

Advance voting will take place at the Bill Comaskey Wellness Centre in the Thompson Regional Community Centre on Wednesday, September 4 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Related Information

Notice of By-election City of Thompson and School District of Mystery Lake

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