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Byelection candidate list is now official. One wannabe misses deadline

There are seven official candidates
2016 - 05 - 18 - Byelection candidate Illustration  - Klassen-1
Kevin Clarke of the People's Political Party didn't file his paperwork in time, Elections Ontario says. File photo by Jeff Klassen/SooToday

The deadline for nominating candidates for the Sault Ste. Marie provincial byelection was 2 p.m. this afternoon.

Returning officer Pauline Renaud tells SooToday that one declared candidate, Kevin Clarke of the People's Political Party didn't file his paperwork in time and will not be running.

Here's the official list of the seven official candidates:

  • Amaroso, Debbie - Ontario Liberal Party
  • Balfour, Gene - Ontario Libertarian Party
  • Flannigan, Kara - Green Party of Ontario
  • Krmpotich, Joe - New Democratic Party of Ontario
  • Romano, Ross - Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
  • Turmel, John, Pauper Party of Ontario
  • Znoneofthe, Above - None of the Above Party

The byelection will take place on June 1 with polls open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Canadian citizens who reside in the electoral district of Sault Ste. Marie, and are at least 18 years of age or older on election day, are eligible to vote.

Eligible voters are reminded to bring their notice-of-registration card and proof of identity or one piece of identification that includes both their name and residential address with them.

A detailed list of acceptable identification documents is available at

Advance polls for the byelection start on May 20 and continue through May 26.

The following advance poll locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on these specified dates:

  • Elections Ontario returning office at 601 Queen Street East  will be open on May 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
  • The Tech at 130 Wellington Street East will be open on May 22, 23, 24, 25
  • Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre at 50 Pim Street will be open on  May 20, 21, 22
  • Cara Community at 31 Old Garden River Road will be open on May 20, 21
  • Bethany Baptist Church at 1074 Second Line West will be open on May 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
  • Anna McCrea Public School at 250 Mark Street will be open on May 24, 25, 26
  • Sault College at 434 Northern Avenue East will be open on May 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Special ballot voting will continue at the Sault Ste. Marie returning office until May 31.


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