Proposed Approval of Alternative Voting Bylaw

Due to the challenges of holding an election during a pandemic, on June 23, 2020, Lunenburg Town Council gave first reading of an Alternative Voting Bylaw. The purpose of the bylaw is to provide that during Municipal and CSAP Elections, voting may take place by telephone or via the internet (or a combination of both). Under the proposed bylaw, voting by telephone and/or internet shall be permitted on days fixed by Resolution of Council and Council may by resolution provide that voting by telephone and by personal computing device shall be the only means of voting for an election.

The proposed bylaw enables the Town to allow voting by telephone and/or by internet on a number of days, which may be easier and safer for electors during a pandemic.

Council intends to consider and to give second and final reading of the proposed Alternative Voting Bylaw at the Council meeting to be held on Tuesday the 28th day of July 2020 at 2:00 pm. At the July 28th meeting, the Town Solicitor will be recommending amendments concerning spoiled ballots and rejected ballots, before second reading of the bylaw.

If the bylaw is passed, more information will be circulated to electors to explain how to vote by telephone and/or internet.

Public submissions regarding the proposed bylaw are welcome and may be made at the meeting by participating in the Zoom webinar (link to be posted on the Town website by July 24th: or by mail directed to Town of Lunenburg Chief Administrative Officer, PO Box 129, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The proposed bylaw given First Reading on June 23, 2020 may be inspected pdf here (54 KB) .

Please click pdf here (1.03 MB) to see the draft of the Alternative Voting Bylaw, illustrating the amendments being recommended by the Town Solicitor.

For more information, please contact Patrick A. Burke, Q.C., Returning Officer,  Town of Lunenburg – Phone: 902-634-8354 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.