Who Can Vote?
A person is entitled to vote in a municipal election if they on Voting Day:
- Resides in the local municipality, or is the owner or tenant of land in the municipality, or the spouse of such owner or tenant; and
- Is a Canadian citizen, and
- Is at least 18 years old, and
- Is not prohibited from voting under the Municipal Elections Act or otherwise prohibited by law.
- You may vote only once in the Municipality of Hastings Highlands municipal election regardless of how many properties you own or rent in the municipality.
A resident elector is where a person lives and is eligible to vote in that municipality’s election. A person is only allowed to have one residence.
A person’s residence is the permanent lodging place to which, whenever absent, he or she intends to return.
The following rules apply in determining a person’s residence:
- A person may only have one residence at a time;
- The place where a person’s family resides is also his or her residence, unless he or she moves elsewhere with the intention of changing his or her permanent lodging place;
- If a person has no other permanent lodging place, the place where he or she occupies a room or part of a room as a regular lodger to which he or she habitually returns is his or her residence.
If a person lives in one municipality but owns or rents property in another municipality, then they are a non-resident elector and able to vote in that municipality’s election.
Spouse of Non-Resident Elector
If a person lives in one municipality and qualifies as a spouse or same-sex partner of a non-resident elector, then they are able to vote in that municipality’s election.
Persons without a permanent residence may also qualify to be added to the Voters' List during the revision period by submitting an application to the Clerk. If a person has no permanent residence or lodging place, the following rules apply in determining his or her residence:
- The place to which the person most frequently returned to sleep or eat during the five weeks preceding the determination is his or her residence.
- If the person returns with equal frequency to one place to sleep and to another to eat, the place to which he or she returns to sleep is his or her residence.
- Multiple returns to the same place during a single day whether to eat or to sleep shall be considered one return.
- A person’s affidavit regarding the places to which he or she returned to eat or sleep during a given time period is conclusive, in the absence of evidence to the contrary.
MPAC is not required to include a homeless person’s name on the Preliminary List of Electors. As homeless persons are entitled to be electors, they are also eligible to be candidates provided they meet the citizenship, age requirements or are not otherwise prohibited by law.
A person may have residences in two local municipalities at the same time if the person lives in one of the local municipalities in order to attend an education institution but not with the intention of changing his or her permanent lodging place and the person’s permanent lodging place is in the other local municipality.
Therefore, students can vote in the municipality where they attend school and they can also vote in the municipality where they live.
Trailer Owners – Campgrounds
Trailer owners in campgrounds are tenants of the campground – therefore, they are potentially eligible electors. Under a timeshare contract, to be eligible, the person must be entitled to use the land on Voting Day or for a period of six weeks or more during the calendar year in which the election is held.
Who Cannot Vote?
The following cannot vote:
- A person who is serving a sentence of imprisonment in penal or correctional institution;
- A corporation;
- A person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity, except as a voting proxy in accordance with section 44 of the Municipal Elections Act.
- A person who was convicted of the corrupt practice described in subsection 90(3) if voting day in the current election is less than five years after voting day in the election in respect of which he or she was convicted.
Identification Required to Vote
In accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, all eligible electors are required to provide photo identification in order to be issued a ballot at the Voting Stations. To vote, you will need your “Voter Instruction Letter” (which you will receive in the mail), and in addition acceptable identification. Your Voter Instruction Letter cannot be used as identification, however – it will help speed you through the voting process.
Regulations under the Municipal Elections Act require that you provide:
- One (1) piece of ID with your name and qualifying address – for example your Ontario Driver’s Licence
View a full list of identification options.
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 THERE WILL BE NO ELECTION - CANDIDATE HAS BEEN ACCLAIMED
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 THERE WILL BE NO ELECTION-CANDIDATE HAS BEEN ACCLAIMED
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 THERE WILL BE NO ELECTION - CANDIDATE HAS BEEN ACCLAIMED
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.
If you are not sure if you are registered on the Voter's List or need to make a change to your information please come into the municipal office to fill out Form EL15 to be put on the list. You will need Identification to show proof of identity and if you are not on the property tax roll in our system you will have to submit proof of qualifying address in Hastings Highlands.
You may call 613 338-2811 ext 201 OR ext 277 to reach an Elections Assistant.
PLease be advised if you wish to be put on the Voters' List or make changes and you cannot come into the office in person to fill out the EL15 Form, we will require an emailed or faxed copy of Identification to be a certiifed copy.
Please make every attempt to call or come into the Municipal Office to get registered well before Election Day.