Elections - 2017 Provincial Executive

Every year the party holds internal elections for our governing board, called the Provincial Executive (PE). The PE is responsible for the governance of the Green Party of Ontario, and sets the strategic goals, annual plan and budget for the party. 

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This year, nominations are open for the following positions: 

  • President
  • CFO
  • Eastern Regional Representatives (2)
  • Southwestern Regional Representatives (2)
  • Toronto Regional Representaties (2)

Background
What is the PE? >>
Which positions are up for election? >>
How to run for a position on the PE >> 

Voting
Who can vote? >>
How can I vote? >>
How are the ballots counted?>>
 

What is the PE?

The Provincial Executive (PE) is responsible for the governance of the Green Party of Ontario, similar to a board of directors, and sets the strategic goals, annual plan and budget for the party. 

Provincial Executive (PE) Responsibilities

The PE has the power of the membership between General Meetings. It reports to the membership at each Annual General Meeting and is governed by the Constitution, Bylaws, Directives and other PE Policies. As the elected officials of the party the PE is responsible for making decisions regarding direction of the party. Some of their responsibilities include, but are not limited to, hiring staff, approval of spending and budgets, determining dates and locations of GPO General Meetings etc.

The PE hires an Executive Director ("ED") who leads the operational functions of the Party, and reports to the PE.  

PE members are expected to attend monthly tele-conferences and in person meetings twice per year.

Other ad-hoc committees are created by the PE, especially Election Committees to handle the PE elections and a Leadership Contest Committee to oversee a Leadership Contest when called.

PE Roles

[Constitution 6.8, Bylaw G, Bylaw L]
The Provincial Executive ("PE") is composed of the following members elected by the entire membership:
    a. President
    b. Chief Financial Officer ("CFO")
    c. Secretary

The Leaders of the Party are also members of the PE:
    a. Leader
    b. Deputy Leaders (2)

Finally 12 Regional Representatives, 2 from each region, of two different genders, are elected by members in their regions:
    a. Eastern
    b. Central
    c. South-West
    d. Horseshoe
    e. Toronto
    f. Northern

Which positions are up for election?

The following positions are up for election at the 2017 convention:

  • President
  • CFO
  • Eastern Regional Representatives (2)
  • Southwestern Regional Representatives (2)
  • Toronto Regional Representaties (2)

Candidates for Regional Representative positions shall indicate their gender when they apply. The candidate with the most votes is elected. The second winner will be a person of a different gender with the next highest number of votes.

The successful candidates will be announced after the votes are tallied at the 2017 Annual General Meeting.

How do I run for the PE?

Candidates for the PE will need to meet the following criteria as per Section 9.4 and Bylaw G.2 of the GPO Constitution & Bylaws:

1. Must be a member in good standing for three (3) months prior to being nominated, and

2a. Candidates for President and CFO positions must be nominated by at least 10 members in good standing from 3 of the 6 geographical regions recognized by the Party

2b Candidates for Regional Representative positions:

  • must be nominated by at least 3 members in good standing living within the corresponding region;
  • may only stand for election in the region in which they maintain their principal residence.

Who can vote

Current members of the GPO can vote for the Provincial Executive elections.

Not a member? Join today. Membership has lapsed? Renew today. Or call 888-647-3366.

Ballots will be emailed to all members with an active email.

Members without an active email on file will be mailed a paper ballot by postal mail. Mailed ballots must be received at the office by May 24, 2017. 

How to vote

There are four ways to cast your ballot (more details below):

  1. online (new this year!)
  2. in person at the convention
  3. by mailing your ballot, or 
  4. by sending your ballot with a delegate attending the convention.

1. Vote online

Current members with an active email on file will receive an email from "vote@simplyvoting.com", with instructions, a unique voting password, and a link to your online ballot. 

2. Vote in person at the Convention

You can vote in person at the convention at the online kiosk, or by paper ballot with your membership number and signature. Ask at the registration desk for more information. 

3. Vote by mail

If you are a current member without an email on file, you will receive your ballot by mail. Your ballot will include credentials to vote online, if you choose to do so. 

Mailed ballots need to be received at the GPO office by Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

How to send your ballot by mail

Please seal your ballot inside an envelope (if you've received your mailed ballot, an envelope will have been included; place your ballot in this envelope). Sign the front of this envelope and write your membership number above or below your signature.  To request your membership number, please email agm17@gpo.ca.

There should be no other markings on this envelope.  

Insert this envelope into a second envelope addressed to:
 
Green Party of Ontario
PO Box 1132 Station F
Toronto, ON M4Y 2T8

If you've received your mailed ballot, an already-addressed envelope will have come with it. Place the envelope containing your ballot in the pre-addressed one. No need to place a stamp on it nor change the recipient address. 

Please ensure to include your return address on the second envelope.  Your ballot needs to be received at the GPO office by Wednesday, May 24, 2017.
 
Watch Former Deputy Leader Kevin O'Donnell's fun video from 2009 that breaks down the mail in ballot instructions for you.
 
4. Vote by paper sending your paper ballot with a delegate attending the convention
If you know someone attending the conference, you may send your ballot with them.
 
Please seal your ballot inside an envelope. You must sign the front this envelope and write your membership number above or below your signature.  To request your membership number, please email agm17@gpo.ca.
 
There should be no other markings on this envelope.  
 
These ballots must be delivered personally to authorized staff at the Calabogie Convention in the sealed envelope. 

How the ballots will be counted

Overview: Preferential voting for Provincial Executive elections

The GPO uses a preferential ballot for internal elections. When more than one candidate is listed, electors mark their ballots in a way that indicates their first, second, third, etc. choices regarding the outcome of a contested issue or the election of someone to a specified position. 

The ballots are initially sorted according to each voter's first choice.  If a nominee is the first choice for more than 50% of the ballots cast, they are declared elected. If no one person receives more than 50% of the ballots cast, then the ballots for the nominee who received the fewest votes are redistributed according to the second choices marked on them. This process is repeated until one of the nominees has accumulated over 50% of all the ballots cast. This nominee will be declared elected.

If runners-ups are also to be elected, only ballots representing a different gender from the first place winner's gender are eligible. All eligible ballots are sorted again according to their first choices except the first-place winner ballots, which are sorted according to their second choices. If that doesn't give over 50% of the total ballot count to another candidate, the smallest of the remaining piles will be resorted according to the next-named choices marked on them, and so on. 

If at any point in this process the option of "None of the Above" accumulates more than 50% of the ballots, all of the remaining unselected choices are declared "defeated."

Deputy Leader and Regional Representative elections

Candidates for Deputy Leader and Regional Representative are elected in pairs of different genders. The candidate for each position with the most votes (as outlined above) is elected. Then, of those candidates of a different gender than the first-place winner, the one with the highest number of votes is also elected. 

Accepted vote markings

Where more than one candidate is listed, you must mark your ballot in a way that indicates your first, second, third, etc., choices.