Series 04 - Elections series

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Elections series

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CA NL0023 RG 01-04

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  • 1908-2009, predominant 1957-2009 (Creation)

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6.0 m of textual records

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Series consists all surviving material relating to the administration of municipal elections in St. John's such as nomination papers, ballots, voting cards, Applications for Deputy Returning Officers, newspaper clippings, swearing in of new city officials, information on wards and polling stations, tally sheets, and other related documentation.

This series also contains Voter Lists for the city for the years 1937, 1941, 1969, as well as Voter Lists for municipal elections and by-elections since 1981. This includes years 1981, 1985, 1990, 1992 (Goulds and Wedgwood Park By-Election), 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2008 and 2009.

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Municipal Voter's Lists after 1961 are restricted due to provincial and municipal privacy legislation.

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The first municipal election was held on August 30, 1888, although many of the early records have not survived. There were no municipal elections during the periods 1898-1902, 1914-1916 and 1920-1921, as the government was replaced by several Commissions appointed by the Newfoundland Legislative Assembly. Consequently no elections were held for those years. The first Mayor for St. John's was elected in 1902. With the exception of the early twentieth century, elections are held every four years. The City Clerk acts as Chief Returning Officer for all St. John's municipal elections.

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Created - August 19, 2013

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  • English

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