Do I need to submit endorsement signatures when I file my nomination?

If you are running for council, you must submit endorsement signatures from 25 people who are eligible to vote in Guelph. Candidates for school board trustee do not have to submit endorsement signatures.

Anyone providing an endorsement signature must be eligible to vote in Guelph on the day that they signed the endorsement. In addition to their endorsement, they will also be required to sign a declaration that they are eligible to vote.

A person who is eligible to vote may provide endorsements to as many candidates as they choose and may endorse candidates for any office on council. A person who is running for a councillor office may submit signatures from voters who do not live in that ward.

If you submit 25 endorsement signatures and find out later that a person (or persons) was not eligible to vote on the day that they signed the endorsement, you will not lose your nomination. The person who supplied false information (by declaring that they were eligible to endorse your nomination when they were not eligible) could be subject to prosecution.