Special Election, January 30,2021

UPDATED - January 30, 2021

The unofficial results from the Special Election held in Oxford, NS January 18 - 30, 2021 are as follows:

David COTÉ (79 votes)

Norma ESTABROOKS (124 votes)

Alfred KING (145 votes)

ELECTED Arnold MacDonald (199 votes)

Byron MacDonnell (99 votes)

ELECTED Chrystal McNutt (205 votes)

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 10:00 am is the official addition of the votes and we will release an updated report with the official results.

Thank you to everyone that participated in this election and a Special Thanks to the candidates that ran.



Updated January 18, 2021

Vote Vote Vote
Oxford its time to VOTE!
The Special Election is now open.
There are six candidates running in this election and we have two empty seats on Council.
It's time to fill those seats.You can vote by telephone or internet.
The help desk is also open at Town Hall till 3:30 pm.
The instructions on how to vote is in your voter letter that should have reached you by the end of last week.
If you did not receive a voter letter call the Returning Office at 902-447-2624.





Municipal (Council) Special Election
January 18 – 30, 2021
Notice of Poll  

A Special Election will be held in the Town of Oxford from 12:00 noon on Monday, January 18, 2021 until 7:00 pm on Saturday, January 30, 2021 for the two positions of Municipal Councillor for the Town of Oxford. 

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: 

OFFICE                                             CANDIDATE 

COUNCILLOR                          David COTÉ  
                                                          Norma ESTABROOKS
                                                          Alfred KING
                                                          Arnold MACDONALD
                                                          Byron MACDONNELL
                                                          Chrystal MCNUTT

Access to a computer or Voter Assistance – Locations and Hours

Town Office                           105 Lower Main Street, Oxford, NS
Monday, January 18                                              12:00 Noon – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, January 19 – Friday, January 22     10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Monday, January 25 – Friday, January 29     10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Royal Canadian Legion        74 Jackson Street, Oxford, NS
Saturday, January 30 (Election Day)              8:00 am – 7:00 pm  

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


Special Municipal Election
January 30, 2021

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

Contacting the Returning Office to set up an appointment to meet in person, by phone 902-447-2624 or email: specialelection2021@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.

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. 

Contact the elections office for more information or for a copy of the Town of Oxford's Nomination Package.

specialelection2021@oxfordns.ca or call 902-447-2624.

Key Dates

July 4, 2020 Residency required to qualify as candidate in election
January 5, 2021 Nomination Day (Nominations can be filed by appointment with the Returning Officer in the seven business days preceding nomination day beginning Friday, December 18, 2020)
January 6, 2021 Last day for candidate to withdraw
January 18, 2021 Online Advance Polling Opens at 12 noon
January 30, 2021 Election Day
February 2, 2021 Official Addition
February 6, 2021 Last day to file affidavit (re: removal of posters and return of voters list for return of full part of deposit) - FORM 12
February 9, 2021 Last day to apply for a recount
March 31, 2021 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

Alternative voting will be entirely used for the Special 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: specialelection2021@oxfordns.ca 
Phone: 902-447-2624

Additional Resources

Municipal Elections Act

Municipal Elections Act Forms