Who Can Vote?
You can vote in Hastings Highlands' municipal election if you are:
- a Canadian Citizen; and
- at least 18 years old; and
- a resident in the Municipality of Hastings Highlands; or
- a non-resident of the Municipality of Hastings Highlands but you or your spouse own or rent property in the municipality; and
- are not prohibited from voting under any law.
You may only vote once in the Municipality of Hastings Highland's municipal election regardless of how many properties you own or rent in the municipality.
An owner or tenant of non-residential property, or his or her spouse, is not eligible to vote for School Board Trustee.
Who Cannot Vote?
You cannot vote if you are:
- a person serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution;
- a corporation; or
- a person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity; or
- a person convicted of a corrupt practice for an election held within four years of voting day.
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.
Who can vote in a school board election?
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 the Municipality, you are eligible to vote for school trustees. 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 a 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.