The 2018 Municipal election is scheduled for October 22, 2018.
Voting locations are as listed:
- 1 - Port Stanley Arena, 332 Carlow Road
- 2 - New Sarum Diner, 46230 New Sarum Line
- 3 - Masonic Centre of Elgin, 42703 Fruit Ridge Line
- 4 - Free Reform Church, 145 St George Street
- 5 - Belmont Arena, 14020 Belmont Road
Polls will be open from 10 AM - 8 PM.
Please note that, on election day, you can only vote at the location designated
on your voter notification card.
You may vote at any one of the following Advance Poll dates, regardless of your
- Saturday October 6, 2018 - 10 AM - 4 PM, Kettle Creek Conservation Authority, 44015
- Saturday October 13, 2018 - 10 AM - 3 PM, Port Stanley Arena & Community Centre,
332 Carlow Road, Port Stanley
- Wednesday October 17, 2018 - 12 PM - 6 PM, Sparta Community Centre, 46272 Sparta
- Saturday October 20, 2018 - 10 AM - 3 PM, Belmont Arena - 14020 Belmont Road, Belmont
- Sunday October 21, 2018 - 1 PM - 4 PM, Elgin County Administration Office, 450 Sunset
Drive, St. Thomas
Accesssibile voting equipment will be available at all Advance Poll locations to
assist voters who cannot negotiate a paper ballot.
www.voterlookup.ca, Ontario residents can find out whether they're on the
list to vote in the municipal and school board elections. Eligible electors can
also update their information, add a name to an address, or change their school
The website is easy to use. To log in, all you need is your property address or
assessment roll number and your full name and date of birth.
Appointing a voting proxy
If, for any reason, you will be unable to personally cast your ballot, you may appoint
someone to go to the voting place and cast a ballot on your behalf. This person
is called your voting proxy.
To appoint a voting proxy, you and the person you want to vote for you must fill
out 2 copies of the
Appointment for Voting Proxy Form (Form 3).
You must know who you want to appoint as your proxy when you fill out and sign the
form. The person you want to appoint must be eligible to vote in the election, and
should be someone you trust to mark the ballot in the way you have instructed them
The earliest that you can appoint a proxy is the beginning of August, 2018. Contact
your clerk to find out the deadline for appointing a voting proxy.
Voting by proxy may not be available if your municipality offers other voting options
such as vote by mail, telephone or internet.
Being a voting proxy
If someone has appointed you as their voting proxy you must take the completed forms
to the municipal clerk to get them certified. Once the forms have been certified,
you may cast a vote on behalf of the person who appointed you.
If you are appointed as the proxy for one family member you may also be appointed
as the proxy for additional family members.
Family member refers to a spouse, sibling, parent, child, grandparent or grandchild.
There is no limit to the number of times you may be appointed, but it must only
be for family members. You cannot be appointed as a proxy for a non-family member
and a family member at the same time.
If you are appointed as the proxy for a person who is not a family member, you can
act as the proxy for this 1 person only. You cannot be a proxy for anyone else.
Power of attorney or executors
The only way to vote on someone else’s behalf is to be appointed as their voting
You cannot vote on someone’s behalf if you only have legal or medical power of attorney
or are acting as a person’s executor or in any other representative capacity.
To vote in the municipal election, you must be qualified.
On Voting Day, you must be:
- a resident of the Municipality of Central Elgin, or an owner or tenant of the land
in the Municipality, or the spouse of such an owner or tenant;
- a Canadian citizen;
- at least 18 years old, and
- not prohibited from voting by law.
The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 prohibits the following individuals from voting:
- any person who is not qualified;
- a person who is serving a sentence or imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution;
- a corporation;
- a person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity;
- a person who has been convicted of corrupt practices under the Municipal Elections
Act, 1996 if voting day in the current election is less than five years after voting
day in the election in respect of which he or she was convicted; and
- anyone who is prohibited by law from voting.
2018 Municipal Election Changes
Significant changes were made to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 after the 2014
- there are new rules regulating third party advertising
- municipalities now have the option to used ranked ballots to elect their councils
- nominations to run for municipal council or school trustee may be filed with the
municipal clerk beginning May 1, 2018, and may be filed until 2 p.m. on July 27,
- candidates running for council in municipalities with more than 4000 electors must
submit 25 endorsement signatures when they file their nomination
For more details, please visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
or see the
Municipal Elections Act.