Internet and Telephone Voting in the 2018 Municipal Election
8/2/2018 12:00:48 PM
Township Council approved the use of Internet and Telephone voting methods for the upcoming 2018 Municipal Election. These voting methods will replace the Vote-By-Mail method used during the 2014 Municipal Election. Internet and telephone voting is fast and convenient and will give voters the opportunity to cast their ballots from anywhere using a computer, smart phone, tablet or touchtone telephone, 24 hours a day throughout the ten day voting period. The voting period will be open from 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 12th to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 22nd.
Whether an elector is away on personal travel, suffering from an illness, working days or nights, has a disability or difficulty travelling, they may cast their ballot from anywhere with an internet connection or a telephone. Additionally, voters will no longer need to get in their cars and travel to polling locations, reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and no ballots will need to be printed which reduces the amount of paper needed for the election.
Telephone voting is comparable to telephone banking and is like internet voting, however voters make their selections by touchtone phone. Telephone voting is not compatible with rotary dial phones.
Township staff is available during office hours to help voters by phone or in person at the Voting Help Centre at the Municipal Office to check to see if they are on the voters list, add or amend their information on the list, use a computer or telephone to vote or to answer any questions about the election or voting process.
Between April and August, 2018 municipal enumerations will be conducted by MPAC in order to prepare a preliminary list of electors for the Township. If you have moved since the last election in 2014 or have not confirmed your citizenship through MPAC, you may not be on the list. The Township encourages all voters to participate in MPAC’s 2018 municipal enumeration.
A person is entitled to be an elector at an election held in the Township, if on Voting Day the person is:
- A Canadian citizen;
- At least 18 years old;
- Residing in the Township or an owner or tenant of land in the Township, or the spouse or such owner or tenant; and
- Is not otherwise prohibited from voting.
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