Election 2020



This year, 2020, marks the first year that the Town of Oxford hosted a fully electronic Municipal and Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial (CSAP) election.

Voting commenced in Oxford on Monday, October 5 at noon and concluded on Saturday, October 17 at 7pm.

60.7% of the eligible electors for Oxford voted. 443 voted by internet and 122 voted by telephone. A total count of 565 votes.

The results of the Municipal Election held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 for the Town of Oxford are as follows:

Office of Mayor

ELECTED Gregory Henley (358 votes)
Arnold “Pockets” MacDonald (205 votes)

There were 2 spoiled votes.

Councillors – 6 positions (four Councillor positions are acclaimed; a special election is required to fill the other two Councillor positions)

Wade Adshade
Carla Black
Brenton Colborne
Paul Jones

Please take notice that once the new council is sworn in, they will consider the date for the special election.

Dated at Oxford, NS this 17th day of October, 2020.

Linda Cloney
Returning Officer
Town of Oxford
Wild Blueberry Capital of Canada



Municipal and School Board Elections
October 5 - 17, 2020


Municipal & School Board Elections in the Town of Oxford will run from 12:00 noon on Monday, October 5, 2020 until 7:00 pm on Saturday, October 17, 2020.  All Town of Oxford voting is via internet and telephone. All qualified voters properly entered on the List of Electors will receive a Voter Instruction Letter with their voter credentials and detailed instructions. Access to a computer or Voter Assistance will be available at the locations listed below. 

Candidates standing for election are as follows: 

Municipal Election
Oxford Town Council:   
Mayor:             Gregory HENLEY                
                             Arnold "Pockets" MACDONALD

Councillor:   Wade ADSHADE - Acclaimed
                            Carla BLACK - Acclaimed
                            Brenton COLBORNE - Acclaimed
                            Paul JONES - Acclaimed 

School Board Election
Conseil scolaire acadien provincial
Electoral District of Truro (Consisting of the Counties of Colchester and Cumberland and the Towns of Truro, Stewiake, Amherst and Oxford): 
                             Jerome BREAU
                             Jessica HINTON   

To vote in the CSAP election, you must meet the residency requirements AND
You must be a Canadian citizen AND
Your first language learned AND still understood is French
You received your primary school instruction in Canada in a French FIRST LANGUAGE program OR
Your child has received or is receiving primary or secondary school instruction in a French FIRST LANGUAGE program.
French Immersion is NOT a French First Language program. 

Access to a computer or Voter Assistance - Locations and Hours

Town Office               105 Lower Main Street, Oxford, NS           
Monday, October 5                                         – 12:00 noon to 3:30 pm           
Tuesday, October 6 to Friday, October 9       – 10:00 am to 3:30 pm           
Tuesday, October 13 to Friday, October 16   – 10:00 am to 3:30 pm            

Royal Canadian Legion        74 Jackson Street, Oxford, NS           
Saturday, October 17 (Election Day)             - 8:00 am to 7:00 pm 

Dated this 8th day of September, 2020

Linda Cloney,                                                  Returning Office
Returning Officer                                          105 Lower Main Street
902-447-2624                                                  Oxford, NS




Municipal and School Board Elections
October 17, 2020 

The preliminary list of electors (voter’s list) have been prepared for the upcoming elections. The revising officer(s) may make additions or corrections to the list upon application by telephone, e-mail, or in person. Electors may find out if they are on the list of electors by: 

1. Visiting the Oxford Town Hall between the hours of 10:00 am to 3:30 pm from August 10 to August 25, 2020 at Oxford Town Hall, 105 Lower Main Street, Oxford, NS. 

2. Contacting the returning office between the hours of 8:30 am – 4:30 pm from August 10 to August 25, 2020 at
902-447-2624 or email: elections2020@oxfordns.ca 

You will be asked for your name, civic address, and your date of birth. 

Linda Cloney, Returning Officer



Municipal Candidates

To be a candidate in the municipal election, you must be:

  •      18 years of age at the time of nomination
  •      a Canadian citizen
  •      ordinarily resident in the Town of Oxford for six months preceding nomination day, and continue to so reside
  •      ensure that all municipal charges, that are due, have been paid by nomination day

You don’t need to live in the polling district that you’re running in, as long as you meet the residency requirement of six months in the municipality.

Read the pdf Candidate’s Guide to Municipal and CSAP Elections (English) (356 KB) pdf (French) (296 KB) for more information.

Nomination Packages

Interested in running to be a Municipal Mayor or Councillor in October's election? If you are not sure of what a Councillor does or if you should run or not, pdf click here (130 KB) for more detailed information. pdf Click here (9.81 MB) to for a copy of the Town of Oxford's Nomination Package.

Contact the elections office for more information. elections2020@oxfordns.ca or call 902-447-2624.

Key Dates

March 17, 2020 Residency required to qualify as candidate in election
September 8, 2020 Nomination Day (Nominations can be filed by appointment with the Returning Officer in the seven business days preceding nomination day beginning Thursday, August 27, 2020)
September 9, 2020 Last day for candidate to withdraw
October 5, 2020 Online Advance Polling Opens at 12 noon
October 17, 2020 Election Day
October 20, 2020 Official Addition
October 24, 2020 Last day to file affidavit (re: removal of posters and return of voters list for return of full part of deposit) - FORM 12
October 27, 2020 Last day to apply for a recount
December 16, 2020 Last day to file campaign contribution disclosure form - FORMS 40 & 41

Eligible Voters

Who can vote in Municipal Elections?

You qualify to vote if you meet all of the following conditions:

  • You are 18 years of age or older and a Canadian Citizen on the first advance polling day;
  • You have been ordinarily resident in Nova Scotia for 6 months immediately before the first advance polling day;
  • You are ordinarily resident in the Town of Oxford and have been so since immediately before the first polling day; and
  • You are not otherwise disqualified to vote in the municipal elections.

Disqualified persons

  • The Municipal Returning Officer
  • A person serving a sentence in a penal or reform institution
  • A person who has been convicted of bribery under this Act in the six years preceding ordinary polling day

How to Vote - phone or internet

This will be the first year where alternative voting will be entirely used for the Municipal election.

Voting insturctions will be included in the Voter Instruction letter mailed to each eligible elector on the official Elector List. Included in this information are instructions on how to access the voting system.

Voters can cast their ballot using the telephone or cell phone by calling a toll-free number that is listed on their Voter Instruction Letter.

ALSO Voters using personal computers may use the Internet to visit a website that will allow them entry into the voting system where they can cast their vote.

  pdf Click here (1.80 MB)  to review the common voter Questions and Answers for eVoting (provided to us by intelivote systems inc.)


Linda Cloney, Returning Officer
Town of Oxford ~ Wild Blueberry Capital of Canada
105 Lower Main Street, PO Box 338, Oxford, NS, B0M 1P0
Email: elections2020@oxfordns.ca
Phone: 902-447-2624

Additional Resources

Municipal Elections Act

Municipal Elections Act Forms