The next municipal election is on Monday Oct. 22, 2018.
It doesn’t matter if you have children in the school system or not – everyone is affected by education. Schools are part of our communities and our tax dollars support education. Schools are places of knowledge, creativity and support for all students. By voting, you are deciding who will make up the Board of your local school board. The Board of Trustees are the people who make decisions on school board policy, budget decisions and support education in your community.
Anyone can vote in a municipal election who, on the day of the election, is:
- 18 years of age or older
- a Canadian citizen; and
- either a resident of the municipality or a property owner or tenant or the spouse or same sex partner of an owner or tenant in the municipality during a specified time just before the election.
Your name must be on the voters’ list in order for you to cast a ballot.
For an easy and efficient way to confirm if you are on the list to vote for the upcoming municipal and school board elections, visit voterlookup.ca.
The voters’ list is prepared in several steps:
- A preliminary list is created by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) based on data it keeps on home ownership and tenancy. If you have moved since the last municipal election, you should contact MPAC to make sure it has your current information: 1-866-296-MPAC (6722).
- The preliminary list is sent to the municipal clerk after the by-election has been called. The clerk can correct any errors on the list, and the corrected list then becomes the voters’ list.
- If you are not on the voters’ list, or if your information is incorrect (for example, you are listed at an old address), you may apply to have your name added or your information corrected. For more information about getting on the voters’ list, you should contact your municipal clerk.
Identification on Voting Day
When you arrive at the voting place, you must show identification to prove that you are the person whose name appears on the voters’ list. The identification must show your name and address. Photo identification is not required.
There are many documents that can be used to show your name and address, including:
- an Ontario driver’s licence
- an Ontario health card (if your name and address are printed on the card)
- a mortgage, lease or rental agreement
- an insurance policy
- a credit card statement
- a bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone, cable TV
Information courtesy of the Association of Municipalities Ontario and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs