ARE YOU on the list to vote for the upcoming municipal election?
The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (http://www.mpac.on.ca/) (MPAC) prepares the Preliminary Voter’s List for all Ontario municipalities. MPAC makes revisions based on information they receive about an owner or occupant for properties located within Lucan Biddulph. If you are an Ontario resident over the age of 18 you can visit voterlookup.ca to confirm or update your information in a few easy steps. You can also change your school support for electoral purposes and add names to your property address. All electors should ensure that their names and relevant information are correctly shown on the Voter’s List. 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 occurring this October. Adding or removing occupants from your property is your responsibility and can be easily completed and is most effective if completed at the earliest opportunity voterlookup.ca 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. Find out ahead of time if you are eligible to vote. Visit voterlookup.ca or call 1-866-296-6722. Have your say. Log on today.
Eligibility to vote
You are eligible to vote in the election for municipal council if you meet all of the following requirements:
*you are a Canadian citizen
*you are aged 18 or older
*you qualify to vote in the municipality
There are 3 ways that you can qualify to vote in a municipality:
As a resident elector if you live in the municipality. You may own, rent, live in shared accommodation where you do not pay rent or live in the municipality but do not have a fixed address. Being a resident elector is the most common type of eligibility.
As a non-resident elector if you own or rent property in a municipality, but it’s not the one where you live. You can only be a resident elector in 1 municipality. However, you can be a non-resident elector in any other municipality (or municipalities) where you own or rent property.
As the spouse of a non-resident elector if your spouse owns or rents property in the municipality or municipalities other than the one where you live.
Neither you nor your spouse qualify as a non-resident elector if you do not personally own or rent the property in the municipality. For example, if the property is owned by your business or your cottage is owned by a trust, you would not qualify as a non-resident elector.
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 (i.e. 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.
Voting in more than 1 municipality
If you qualify to vote in more than one municipality, you can vote in all of those municipal elections. For example, if you qualify as a resident elector in 1 municipality, and a non-resident elector in 3 other municipalities, you can vote in all 4 of those municipal elections.
The exception to this rule is if 2 or more of the municipalities are in the same region.
If your municipality has wards, you must vote in the ward where you live. If you are also the owner or tenant of a property in another ward, you are not permitted to vote in that ward instead.
If you are a non-resident elector, and you own or rent properties in more than 1 ward in the municipality, you must choose only 1 ward to vote in. Make sure that you are on the voters’ list for that qualifying address.
School board elections
School board elections are held at the same time as municipal elections. You are only permitted to vote in the same board election once.
You are eligible to vote in the election for a school board if you meet all of the following requirements:
you are a Canadian citizen
you are aged 18 or older
you qualify to vote for that particular school board
If you are a resident elector in a municipality, you are eligible to vote for a school trustee that represents the municipality where you live (or, if you live in a large municipality with wards, a school trustee that represents the ward where you live).
If you live in an unorganized area (instead of a municipality), you may qualify to vote for a school board that has jurisdiction over the unorganized area.
Voting in more than 1 school board election
School boards sometimes cover many municipalities and areas without municipal organization. You may be eligible to vote in other school board elections in addition to the one where you live.
For example, if you (or your spouse) own or rent residential property in a municipality or an unorganized area different than where you live, you are eligible to vote for a school trustee in this municipality or unorganized area if the trustee sits on a different school board.
Your property must be residential in order for you qualify to vote. If you (or your spouse) own or rent commercial property in a municipality or unorganized area different than where you live, you are not eligible to vote for school trustee.
Even if you qualify to vote in elections for 2 or more school boards, you can only qualify to vote for 1 kind of school board. For example, you cannot vote for an English-language public school board in one part of Ontario and vote for an English-language separate school board in a different part of Ontario.
Choosing a school board
There are 4 different kinds of school boards in Ontario:
English-language public school board
English-language separate school board
French-language public school board
French-language separate school board
You may only vote for 1 kind of school board.
No matter which school your children go to, you are automatically eligible to vote for the English-language public school board unless you take steps to change and become a supporter of a different kind of board.
The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) keeps the provincial record of school support. If you want to change your school support you must contact MPAC.
Information about how to change your school support can be found on MPAC’s website.
You can also contact the school board that you wish to vote for to get information about changing your school support.
If you want to vote for an English-language separate school board you must meet both of the following requirements:
you must be a Roman Catholic
you or your spouse must be an English-language separate school board supporter
If you want to vote for a French-language public school board you must meet both of the following requirements:
you must be a French-language rights holder
you or your spouse must be a French-language public school board supporter
If you want to vote for a French-language separate school board you must meet all of the following requirements:
you must be a Roman Catholic
you must be a French-language rights holder
you or your spouse must be a French-language separate school board supporter
French-language rights holder is defined in the Education Act, and refers to the right of citizens whose first language is French to receive educational instruction in French.
You can find more information from the Ministry of Education.
If you voted for a French-language board or an English-language separate board in the last election and you wish to change and vote for an English-language public board in the current election, you must contact MPAC before voting day to change your school support.
Note: You cannot change your school support when you go to vote on voting day.
Voters’ list and identification
Your name must be on the voters’ list in order for you to cast a ballot.
The voters’ list for each municipal election is prepared from data kept by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).
Adding your name to the voters’ list
You can check to see if MPAC has your information in its database at www.voterlookup.ca. You can also call them at 1-866-296-MPAC (6722) or TTY 1-877-889-MPAC (6722).
The voters’ list becomes official on September 1.
After September 1, you must apply to your municipal clerk if you want to add your name to the list or correct your information. You have until the close of voting on October 22 to apply for any changes. If you are applying to add your name to the voters’ list, you will be asked to provide proof that you are eligible to vote.
Removing a name from the voters’ list
The voters’ list is a public document. If you do not want your name to appear on the voters’ list you can apply to the clerk to have your name removed. If you remove your name from the list, you will not be able to vote.
You can also apply to the clerk to remove the name of someone who is deceased. You cannot ask for someone else’s name to be removed from the list for any other reason.