August 10, 2020 •
October 5 Byelection for Seat on Ottawa Ontario Municipal Council
On October 5, the city of Ottawa will hold a byelection to fill the municipal council seat left vacant by Stephen Blais.
The vacant Cumberland ward seat held by Blais, who left to serve as the Member of the Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Orléans, could have been filled by an appointment made by the council itself.
While Blais was elected as MPP in February, the council held off deciding about whether to have an election or make an appointment because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In July, the Ottawa Council agreed to allow voters the choice to fill the seat.
For the first time, electors will be allowed to apply to vote by special mail-in ballot should they feel uncomfortable about voting in person or be unable to make it to a voting location.
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