Information for Electors

Who Can Vote

You can vote in the County of Prince Edward’s municipal election if you are:

• a Canadian citizen
• at least 18 years old 
• a resident in the County of Prince Edward or a non-resident of the County of Prince Edward but you or your spouse own or rent property in the County of Prince Edward
• are not prohibited from voting under any law

You may only vote once in the County of Prince Edward municipal election regardless of how many properties you own or rent in The County. You must vote in the ward where you live. An owner or tenant of non-residential property, or his or her spouse, is not eligible to vote for school board trustee.

You are prohibited from voting if you are:

• a person serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution
• a corporation
• a person acting as executor or trustee or in another representative capacity, except as a voting proxy
• a person convicted of a corrupt practice described in section 90(3) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996

How to Vote

You can choose to vote on the advanced poll day on Oct. 13, 2018 or on election day on Oct. 22, 2018. Be sure to bring your voter notification card and identification when you go to vote.

Voter Notification Card

The voter notification card that every elector on the voters' list receives informs the elector where and when to vote. Listed on the notice are the dates and times for the advance poll day and election day.

Voting locations are specific to each elector's voting area. Receiving and bringing this information card will speed up the voting process for all electors when they go to vote.

Identification Requirements

Acceptable identification includes an Ontario driver's license, an OntarioPhoto Card, a cancelled personalized cheque, an insurance policy or statement or any other document included on the list of acceptable documents for elector identification. 

Internet Voting

Eligible electors can vote in person or online. Registration to receive your PIN to vote by Internet will open on Saturday, October 13 and continue until noon on Monday, October October 22. 

Internet voting commences on Saturday, October 13 and continues until 8 pm on Monday, October 22. 

Learn more by visiting the Internet voting information page.

Voting at an Advance Poll

Eligible electors can cast their ballot at any one of the following advance poll locations on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from noon to 6 pm: 

• Prince Edward Community Centre, 375 Picton Main Street, Picton

• Wellington and District Community Centre, 111 Belleville Street, Wellington

• Ameliasburgh Town Hall, 13 Coleman Street, Ameliasburgh

• South Marysburgh Town Hall, 3076 County Road 10, Milford

Are you on the list?

‌Are you on the list to vote for the upcoming municipal election?

If you are an Ontario resident over the age of 18, call 613.476.2148 ext. 1086 to confirm or update your information. You can also change your school support for electoral purposes and add names to your property address.

Updating this information will help to ensure that municipal voters' lists are accurate and up-to-date in preparation for municipal and school board elections this October.

As of September 4, 2018, qualified electors can be added or amended by completing an application to amend the voters' list. Click here to download the application form: Application to Amend Voters' List. Copies of the forms are also available at the Clerk's Office (332 Picton Main Street, 2nd Floor) and at any municipal library location

Completed forms must be presented in person at the Clerk's Office with proof of identity and residence.

If submitting by mail, certified copies showing proof of ID and proof of residence/occupancy is required.  ‌

Additional Information

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has published a guide to provide information to voters for the 2018 municipal council and school board elections. The information also applies to any by-elections that may be held during the 2018-22 council and school board term. Click here to read the Guide for Voters in 2018 Ontario Municipal Council and School Board Elections ‌and see below for additional information about popular topics.

  • Voting by proxy

    Under Section 44 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 an elector may act as a voting proxy on behalf of only one qualified elector who is not a relative or one or more qualified electors who are relatives, using separate proxy forms for each. A relative means the parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother, sister or spouse of the elector appointed. Even if an elector is eligible to vote in more than one municipality he/she can only act as a voting proxy for one non-relative.

    Eligibility

    • Any person whose name is on the voters' list or who has been added by revision may vote by proxy. There are no limitations on who may vote by proxy provided they are on the voters' list.

    • A person wishing to appoint a voting proxy must do so on the prescribed form.

    • Not more than one voting proxy may be appointed on behalf of any one person.

    • The person appointed must be entitled to be an elector.

    Timeframe

    The appointment of a voting proxy may only be made after the last date for withdrawal of nominations, (July 27, 2018 unless additional nominations are required) and the clerk has certified all persons qualified to be nominated.

    No application shall be approved by the clerk after 5:00 p.m. on final voting day (Oct. 22, 2018).

    Proxy forms can be distributed after 2 p.m. July 27, 2018 but the forms shall not be approved until after (July 27, 2018).

    Appointment Restrictions

    A person appointed as a voting proxy may only act for one person who is not a relative but can act as a voting proxy for any number of relatives (including spouses or siblings, parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren).

    Please note that the witness to the signature of the elector making the appointment cannot be the same person as the elector being appointed.

    Processing procedure

    The person appointed a voting proxy shall complete, in duplicate, an application in the prescribed form, including a statutory declaration that the person is the person appointed as a voting proxy, and shall bring both copies of the form in person to the Clerk at Shire Hall, 332 Picton Main Street, Picton, ON, during normal office hours (weekdays from 8:30 am to 5 pm) or during the period from noon to 5 pm on an Advance Voting Day (October 13, 2018) and before 5 pm on Voting Day (October 22, 2018).

    The clerk or designate shall, if satisfied that the person who appointed the voting proxy is qualified to appoint a proxy and the person so appointed is qualified to act as a voting proxy , issue a certificate in the prescribed form. The voting proxy shall provide identification, in order to complete the affidavit on the form. The original of Form 119 shall then be given to the person appointed as the voting proxy and the copy is to be retained in the Election Office.

    The clerk shall enter or cause to be entered the name of the person appointed as the voting proxy, together with the name of the person making the appointment, into the data base at the Clerk's Office. This procedure shall ensure that a person is unable to act as a voting proxy more than once for persons other than family members.

  • Post-secondary students

    There is a special rule for students who may be living away from home while they attend school. If you are a student and consider your "home" to be the place where you live when you are not attending school, which means you plan on returning there, then you are eligible to vote in both your "home" municipality and in the municipality where you currently live while attending school.

  • Important terms

    Resident elector

    Your residence is where you live. If you live in a municipality, then you are eligible to vote in that municipality's election. You are only allowed to have one residence in a municipality.

    Non-resident elector

    If you live in one municipality, and own or rent property in another municipality, you are eligible to vote in each municipality's election.

    Spouse of a non-resident elector

    If your spouse qualifies as a non-resident elector in a municipality, then you can also vote in that municipality's election.

  • Voting for school trustee

    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 a municipality, you are eligible to vote for school trustees.

    Note: School boards can cover a large area of a municipality. 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 school trustee.

    There are four different kinds of school boards in Ontario:

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Voter Notification Card

    The Voter Notification Card that every elector on the voters' list receives informs the elector where and when to vote. Listed on the card are the election day and advance vote dates and times. Voting locations are specific to each elector's voting area. Receiving and bringing this information card will speed up the voting process for all electors when they go to vote.

    Two important items to remember to bring when you go to the voting place:

    • Voter Notification Card

    • Elector identification document 

  • Acceptable documents for elector identification

    You must present one of the following documents showing your name and address:

    • Ontario Driver's Licence

    • Ontario Health Card (photo card)

    • Ontario Photo Card

    • Ontario motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion)

    • Cancelled personalized cheque

    • Mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement relating to property in Ontario

    • Insurance policy or insurance statement

    • Loan agreement or other financial agreement with a financial institution

    • Document issued or certified by a court in Ontario

    • Any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency or such a government

    • Any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada)

    • Income tax assessment notice

    • Child Tax Benefit Statement

    • Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid T4E

    • Statement of Old Age Security T4A (OAS)

    • Statement of Canada Pension Plan Benefits T4A (P)

    • Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions

    • Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Works

    • Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Disability Support Program

    • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Statement of Benefits T5007

    • Property tax assessment

    • Credit card statement, bank account statement, or RRSP, RRIF, RHOSP or T5 statement

    • CNIB card or a card from another registered charitable organization that provides services to persons with disabilities

    • Hospital card or record

    • Document showing campus residence, issued by the office or officials responsible for student residence at a post-secondary institution

    • Document showing residence at a long-term care home under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, issued by the Administrator for the home

    • Utility bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone or cable TV or a bill from a public utilities commission

    • Cheque stub, T4 statement or pay receipt issued by an employer

    • Transcript or report card from a post-secondary school