Information for Voters

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 information ntoce and identification when you go to vote.

Voter Information Notice

The voter information notice 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 acceptable documents for voter identification list.

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 fill out an Appointment by Voting Proxy 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 pm 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, Ont., during regular office hours (8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday) or during the period from noon to 5 pm on an advance voting day (Oct. 13, 2018) and before 5 pm on voting day (Oct. 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.