Election Information for Voters

Internet/telephone Voting

The voting method has changed from vote by mail with tabulators to internet/telephone voting. During the voting period, electors will be able to vote remotely using their own devices in the comfort of their home or at the kiosk located at the municipal office in Wilberforce.

Official Voters' Guide

The Province of Ontario has published their official online 2022 Voters' Guide for municipal and school board elections.

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About Internet/telephone Voting

Advantages

  • Less travel.
  • Removal of time constraints.
  • Improved accessibility for persons with disabilities or people who are ill or away from home.
  • Convenient and accessible voting during a time of uncertainty (the pandemic).
  • Fast and accurate election results.
  • Uses the latest technological and security advances ensuring confidence in the integrity of the voting process.

Background

  • This method of voting has been used in Ontario for more than 10 years.
  • Over 150 of Municipalities in Ontario utilized internet voting during the 2018 municipal election or 42.3%.
  • Users of online voting identified that they found the method to be easy, simple, straight forward, convenient and private.

Learn more about the 2018 Election and the voting methods that were used.

Who can vote?

In order to be eligible to vote, you must meet the Qualifications of Electors as listed in the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, s.17(2).

A person is entitled to be an elector at an election held in a local municipality if, on voting day, he or she, is:

  • A Canadian citizen; and
  • At least 18 years old; and
  • A resident of Highlands East; or
  • A non-resident of Highlands East, but you or your spouse own or rent property in the Municipality; and
  • Are not prohibited from voting under any law.

You may only vote once in the Highlands East municipal election regardless of how many properties you own or rent within the municipality. You may also vote in multiple Municipal Elections if you own property outside of Highlands East.

An owner or tenant of non-residential property, or his or her spouse, is not eligible to vote for School Board Trustee.

Who cannot vote?

You cannot vote if you are:

  • a person serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution;
  • a corporation; or
  • a person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity; or
  • a person convicted of a corrupt practice for an election held within four years of voting day.

Student Voting

Students are allowed to vote in both their home municipality and the municipality where they are attending school.

Who can vote in a school board election?

In order to vote in a school board election you must be 18 years of age or older, and a Canadian citizen. If you are a resident of the Municipality, you are eligible to vote for school board trustees. If you are the owner or tenant (or spouse of an owner of tenant) of residential property in the Municipality, you are eligible to vote for school trustees. You are only allowed to vote for the same school board once.

If you are eligible to vote in a municipality because you are the owner or tenant (or spouse of an owner or tenant) of a commercial property there, you are not eligible to vote for a school trustee.

There are four different kinds of school boards in Ontario:

  1. English-language public school board: This is the default - unless you are qualified to vote for a separate or French board, you will vote for the English public school board in your area.
  2. English language separate school board: You must be Roman Catholic, and you must be a separate school board supporter or the spouse of a separate school board supporter. If your spouse is a Roman Catholic and you are not, you are not eligible.
  3. French language public school board: You must be a French language rights holder, and you must be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French language public school board.
  4. French language separate school board: You must be a Roman Catholic and a French language rights holder, and you must be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French separate school board. If your spouse is a Roman Catholic and you are not, you are not eligible.

"Supporter" refers to which school board the school portion of your property taxes goes to. The default is the public school system. In order to be a separate school supporter you must direct your taxes to the separate school system. Contact the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (1-866-296-6722) for more information.

Confirming you are on the Voter's List

If you are a resident, owner or tenant of property in Ontario, a Canadian citizen, and 18 years of age you can vote in Ontario’s municipal and school board elections.

voterlookup.ca

By logging into voterlookup.ca, eligible electors can:

  • confirm or update their electoral information,
  • add an elector name to an address, and
  • change school support.

The Voter Look up site is owned and managed by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), responsible for identifying all potential municipal, school board and District Social Services Administration Board electors.

Wards and Offices to Elect

In Highlands East, voting will take place for the following offices:

  • Mayor (elected at large)
  • Councillor for Ward 1 Cardiff
  • Councillor for Ward 2 Bicroft
  • Councillor for Ward 3 Glamorgan
  • Councillor for Ward 4 Monmouth

View a Ward Map of Highlands East