An Election

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Individuals interested in applying for these positions must demonstrate the following core competencies:. Training Material. Apply Now. Notes: Do not take part in any partisan political activity while on duty starting from the first day of the advance poll and ending after the counting of the ballots on election night.

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However, priority will be given to individuals who are at least 18 years of age. Back to top. Returning officers are responsible for recruiting poll workers for their electoral district. They must abide by the Canada Elections Act CEA , which states that priority consideration in each electoral district will be given to individuals on the following lists: for deputy returning officer positions, the list of names provided by the candidate of the registered party whose candidate finished first in the last election; for poll clerk positions, the list of names provided by the candidate of the registered party whose candidate finished second in the last election; and for registration officer positions, the lists of names provided by candidates of the registered parties whose candidates finished first and second in the last election.

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During an electoral event, these candidates have until the 24th day before election day to recommend suitable persons for these positions to the returning officer under section 36 and subsection 39 3 of the CEA. Developing a plan and implementing it is where the rubber meets the road. Albert Einstein's quote about knowledge is right on point here.

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Einstein's point applied to campaigning is that it takes a lot of experience in elections to be able to devise a winning strategy even though one might have some insights into the process. Campaign methodology is developed from both winning and losing elections. So often a campaign knows generally what to do but can't get volunteers, or can't raise money or can't focus their efforts on what it takes to win.

Simply put, successful implementation takes experience in election campaigns.

You may have the greatest campaign plan ever written but if you can't implement it, it is worthless. That's where experienced advice is invaluable and could be the difference between winning and losing. It's the toughest part of building a winning campaign. Smaller, local campaigns by their nature don't have a lot of resources. They also lack the ability to get started with any traction because they lack name identification with voters.

Getting started is often an exercise in "wheel spinning". One resource that many local campaigns will have to start with is enthusiasm. And, it doesn't cost anything. Enthusiasm can often overcome a lack of money, a lack of staff and a lack of campaign knowledge. However, as a campaign moves on toward election day it will become apparent that you will also need resources in order to win. A small local campaign should initially focus its' efforts on two things: raising campaign contributions and organizing and developing a campaign plan.

Writing policy papers, literature pieces, press releases and speeches while important will not get a campaign off the ground. You can't win most elections without some money. There have been local or even larger campaigns financed entirely by a candidate.

That's not the norm and I don't recommend it as a campaign approach. The reason? Any campaign activity that keeps a candidate from talking with voters is not a good idea. Asking people for money is tough and unpleasant. It does however force a candidate to have contact with voters. That has tremendous value in forming the candidate's message and getting volunteers. Organizing and planning a campaign should be the other area to focus on.

Most campaigns won't be successful without a campaign plan.


Once a written campaign plan is in place the infrastructure of the campaign must be filled out. Volunteers are just as important as money. They not only represent a resource to fill some of the jobs in a campaign, they are also a demonstration to other voters that the candidate has grassroots support. That's when the enthusiasm for a candidate can become contagious. Many people are still skeptical of the effectiveness of online advertising. For most candidates it means creating a nice election web site and that's about it.

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Online campaigning must go a lot further than that to attract a following. As online campaign advertising evolves it gets better with each election cycle. Several things appear to be in play. Print media is really struggling and is losing readers to online publications day after day.

Network TV has lost many of the younger demographic who get most of their information from the internet. Even retirees and people over 65 receive a lot of their information from a computer. Online advertising can be a cheap way of reaching voters and therefore is appealing to low budget local campaigns in the abstract. There's only one problem.

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It's difficult to develop online campaign approaches that everyone agrees will work. Therefore, it's also difficult to get candidates committed to it. When something becomes fashionable it draws a lot of interest in others to do the same thing. After the presidential election which featured a heavy use of personal messaging and contact, everyone wanted to emulate the Obama campaign tactics. It was a fact that many new and infrequent voters voted in Most had been turned into Obama supporters through the clever use of online social media.

This took campaigns past the website as being the ultimate online medium. In many candidates wanted facebook pages, Twitter accounts and other personal messaging contact devices. Due to the efforts of several candidates' campaigns from both parties, online campaigning has evolved again to a new level. There is a greater use of what is thought to be more accurate voter identification programs.

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Nanotargeting allows campaigns to hone in on likely voters who care enough about an issue to interact with a campaign through messaging or a website. It's not the number of clicks on a website it's the number of people you can identify as your voters. Then, you can get them to go to the polls. In we saw more of it.

Here's an example from Reid's consultants began nanotargeting Nevada voters based upon some of the issues Angle had voiced her support for. There's an old axiom in politics that you gain supporters on issues not on personality.