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Internet and Telephone Voting

Why Internet and Telephone Voting?

There are many advantages to why we adopted this method of voting for in the last Election:
Emergency Preparedness: Voting by Internet or Telephone does not require any large gatherings at polling stations, and allows voters to vote from the comfort and safety of their home if future emergency stay-at-home orders are issued.
Efficiency: reduces printing, return postage fees, staff time for vote counting, and the amount of paper utilized.
Accessibility: Internet and Telephone Voting is a convenient option for electors allowing them to use their own devices and access their ballots anytime during the voting period, and from anywhere with Internet or Telephone access.
Accuracy: Internet and Telephone voting uses electronic ballots exclusively reducing counting error from manual tabulations;
Automatic Tabulation: 100% of the results will be available shortly after 8:00 p.m. on October 24, once all voters have completed their voting (if they logged in before 8:00 p.m.).
Convenience: Thousands of Hastings Highlands non-resident electors do not live in Hastings Highlands year round and therefore should be given the equal opportunity to vote as those who live here. Every elector will be able to vote from a location of their convenience. Also, compared to vote by mail voting from years past, voters will no longer need to find a postal box, or rely on the postal service to ensure their ballot is returned back to the municipal office.

How to Vote

Voting is convenient with Internet and Telephone Voting:
Check the Voters’ List to ensure you are on it, and your mailing address is up to date.
Wait for your Voter Instruction Letter to arrive in the mail (by early October 2022). If you didn’t get a Voter Instruction Letter you will be able to obtain it from the Municipal Office (33011 Hwy 62, Maynooth) with appropriate identification.
Hold on to your Voter Instruction Letter in a safe place until voting opens on Tuesday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m.
Open your Voter Instruction Letter and find the PIN number that will grant you access to the voting system.
You have 2 Ways that you can vote:

Vote by Telephone (takes about 10-15 minutes)

Call the number provided in your voting kit
Enter your date of birth
Enter your PIN
If you get an error while trying to login it may be an incorrect or missing birthdate and once you contact the voter help line to have it corrected, you can then cast your votes.
Vote (use the ‘#’ to confirm your selections).
*Please don’t finalize your vote until you have selected not more than 5 candidates for the race for the Councillor position.*
Please note that voting by Internet is a much simpler process than by telephone, and we are here to help you, come see us!

Finger tapping on an election ballot on a tablet device

Vote By Internet (takes about 5 minutes)

Visit the voting website provided in your Voter Instruction Letter by entering the address into the address bar at the top of your internet browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.)

– Enter your Voter ID number
– Enter your date of birth
– Enter your PIN

You may have to complete a Captcha challenge (distorted letters and numbers) as shown on the screen for security purposes.

If you get an error while trying to login it may be an incorrect or missing birthdate and once you contact the voter help line to have it corrected, you can then cast your votes.
Follow the prompts through all contests, and complete your ballot by pressing ‘Cast Ballot’

Want to ensure your vote counted? You can try voting again with the same PIN and Voter ID, and if you are blocked from doing so, then you know your votes counted.

If you do not have access to a touchtone telephone, or internet at your home, visit the Municipal Office or Voting Pop-Up Location (locations TBD) during the voting period and use their touch-screen kiosk or public-access computers.
Pop-Up Locations:
Pop-up Voting Locations/Help Centres will be held:
-Tuesday, October 12, 2022 – 9am-Noon Herschel Rink Parking Lot at 168 S. Baptiste Lake Rd.
-Monday, October 17, 2022 – 9am-Noon – Monteagle Fire Station Parking Lot at
3205 Musclow-Greenview Rd.
-Tuesday, October 18, 2022 – 9am-Noon – Lake St. Peter Community Centre Parking Lot at
5 Boulter Lake Rd.

If you did not receive your Voter Instruction Letter in the mail by October 11th, you will be able to obtain your Voter Instruction Letter from the Municipal Office.

Voter Instruction Letter

Internet & Telephone Voting: Instructional Videos

The Municipality of Hastings Highlands will be using Internet/Telephone Voting for the 2022 municipal election. Our supplier for the service has remained the same. Should new videos be supplied we will update them accordingly. However, the 2018 instructional videos will still be relevant.