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Municipal Elections Information

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Municipality of Central Elgin Elections

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.

Advance Polls

You may vote at any one of the following Advance Poll dates, regardless of your ward:

  • Saturday October 6, 2018 - 10 AM - 4 PM, Kettle Creek Conservation Authority, 44015 Ferguson Line
  • 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 Line, 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

Accessibility

Accesssibile voting equipment will be available at all Advance Poll locations to assist voters who cannot negotiate a paper ballot.

Voting List

At 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 support.

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 to.

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 proxy.

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.

Voter Eligibility

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 municipal elections:

  • 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, 2018
  • 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.

Last Updated: Friday, 07 September 2018 12:42:14 PM EST

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