The Elections Act addresses three key issues for landlords and tenants during an election:
enumerators are allowed into apartment buildings and other multiple-residential complexes
candidates and their representatives are allowed into apartment buildings and other multiple unit residential complexes
tenants are allowed to display candidate posters and signs within reasonable limits
Enumeration is the process of adding the names of qualified voters to the voters list. Enumerators must be given access to the entrance door of each residence in an apartment, condominium complex or other multiple residence (section 68 of The Elections Act).
Revision is held immediately following enumeration to add, change or remove names from the voters list. Like enumerators, revising agents may also visit apartments and condos during the revision period.
An Elections Manitoba returning officer will work with building management to arrange a time for enumerators to visit. In some areas teams of enumerators might work together in larger buildings.
Enumerators must display Elections Manitoba photo identification. Enumerators work only during daylight hours.
Political candidates and their representatives may approach each residence in an apartment, condominium complex or other multiple residences. However, these visits can occur only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during an election period. [Sections 195(1)-195(5) of The Elections Act.]
Candidates and their representatives must produce identification or documentation confirming they are a candidate or represent a candidate.
If there is a voting station in the building, candidates and their representatives cannot approach units or leave election materials on the same level as the voting station.
Tenants can display candidate posters and signs on property that they own, rent or lease. This includes posting material in windows and on balconies. [Sections 124(1)-124(6), 196(1)-196(2) of The Elections Act.]
If there is a voting station in the building, units within 50 metres on the same level cannot display political posters, signs or flyers during advance voting or on election day.
Building management may prohibit signs and posters in common areas. It may also set reasonable conditions on the size and type of signs and posters that tenants can display.
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