If you are interested in running in the upcoming municipal election you are invited to attend an Information Session in Stratford.
News for Voters and Future Voters
Are you nearing the age where you can legally vote in Canada? Have you given any thought to how the voting process works, how to register, or where to go when the polls open? As a citizen of Canada, you are allowed the rights and freedoms to cast your vote for a publicly elected official. We know that many of our current students and recent graduates are nearing legal voting age and that many first time voters may have some questions about how the process works.
If you are at least 18 years of age, a Canadian citizen, and resident of Ontario, you can participate in the democratic process as a voter and/or candidate. If you are under 18 years of age we recommend reading these guides that are available in both English and French.
Who can vote?
To be eligible to vote in a provincial election, you must be:
- at least 18 years of age on election day
- a Canadian citizen
- a resident of Ontario
How do I register to vote?
If you are eligible to vote, you need to add your name and address to the voters list. Go to registration.elections.on.ca and upload identification that proves your name and where you live. During an election, you can register at a voting location or at the returning office of your electoral district. Once registered, you can vote.
How do I vote?
- In person on election day
- In person at an advanced poll
- In person at your local returning office or by mail using a special ballot
- Using assistive voting technology
What happens at the poll?
- An election official greets you and directs you to the poll
- Show your identification to the poll officials
- You are then handed the official ballot
- Go behind a voting screen to mark your ballot
- Take your marked ballot to the poll official to be put into the ballot box or scanned
- Congratulations! You have now successfully voted
Please see this document for a more detailed explanation of the information above.