NEED TO AMEND YOUR INFORMATION ON THE VOTERS' LIST?

Electors can use one of these form to correct any of their personal information as contained on the Voters' List (examples: birthdate, school support, occupancy status, address). Eligible electors not on the Voters' List can also use this form to add themselves to the Voters' List.

Who is eligible to vote in a municipal elections? 

Anyone can vote in a municipal election who, on the day of the election, is:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • You qualifity to vote in the Township of Rideau Laks

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.

Students

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.

Wards
Rideau Lakes is comprised of 4 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.

Make sure that you are on the voters’ list for that qualifying address.

Your name must be on the voters’ list in order for you to cast a ballot.

Who is not eligible to vote in a municipal elections? 

  • A person who is serving a sentence of imprisonment in a 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) of the Municipal Elections Act(External link), 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.

Who is eligible to vote in a school board election?

An individual is elgible to vote in a school board election if they are:

  • a Canadian citizen;
  • at least 18 years old on Voting Day;
  • a resident of the Township of Rideau Lakes or the owner or tenant of residential land in the Township of Rideau Lakes or are the spouse of such owner or tenant

If you are eligible to vote in a municipality because you are the owner or tenant (or spouse of an owner or tenant) of commercial property, you are not eligible to vote for a school trustee.

To determine which school board an individual is eligible to vote for, the following criteria is used:

  • 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 (External link) (1-866-296-6722) for more information.

As a Canadian citizen, voting is your right and responsibility. Your community is shaped by the outcome of an election.

The individuals who are elected will make many important decisions including how tax dollars are spent in your community.

Next Election Day - Monday, October 24, 2022.

Voting is convenient with Internet or Telephone Voting:

Voter Instruction Letters are to be provided to Canada Post by our Supplier on October 3rd.  Do no dispose of this letter as it is required for you to be able to vote.

    • Hold on to the Voter Instruction Letter in a safe place until voting opens on Monday, October 17, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. You will need the unique PIN that is included in this letter.
    • If you do not receive your Voter Instruction Letter in the mail by October 16, you will be able to obtain a new one from the Municipal Office.
    • You will have 7 Days to vote, but do not wait until the last minute in case you have difficulty logging into the voting system.
    • Open your Voter Instruction Letter and find your PIN number that will grant you access to the voting system.
    • You have 2 Ways that you can vote:
      1. Vote by telephone (takes about 10-15 minutes)
        • Call the number provided in your Voter Instruction Letter
        • Enter your date of birth 
        • Enter your PIN
          • If you receive an error after several attempts to login, this may be because your birthdate information is incorrect in our Voting System. Please contact the Voter Help Centre/Municipal Office (1-800-928-2250 or 613-928-2251) and speak to elections staff to verify your details in our system.
        • Vote (use the ‘#’ sign to confirm your selections)
      2. Vote electronically by Internet (takes about 5 minutes) *THIS IS THE EASIER METHOD*
        • 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 date of birth
        • Enter your PIN
        • Enter the Captcha challenge (distorted letters and numbers) as shown on the screen
          • If you receive an error after several attempts to login, this may be because your birthdate information is incorrect in our Voting System. Please contact the Voter Help Centre/Municipal Office (1-800-928-2250 or 613-928-2251) and speak to elections staff to verify your details in our system.
        • Follow the prompts through all contests, and complete your ballot by pressing ‘Cast Ballot’
        • A Demonstration on how to vote can be found here

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

No Touchtone Phone or Internet?
If you don't have access to a touchtone phone or internet at your home, please visit our Municipal Office during our scheduled office hours and until 8:00 p.m. on Voting Day to use an ipad or laptop.
The Voter Help Centre is located at the Municipal Office (1439 County Road 8 in Chantry) and will be open during regular business hours Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:30 October 17th to October 21st as well as Saturday, October 22nd from 8:30 - 12:00 noon.
The Voter Help Centre will be open on Election Day - October 24th from 9:00 a.m. until the end of the voting period at 8:00 p.m.

The internet and devices are also available during regular hours at all of our Library Branches during their regular business hours. Locations and hours are as follows:

Elgin (26 Halladay St.)

Monday 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

Portland (2792 Highway 15)

Monday 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday Closed
Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Closed

 

Delta (18 King St.)

Monday Closed
Tuesday 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday Closed
Saturday 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday Closed

 

Newboro (10 Brock St.)

Monday Closed
Tuesday 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Closed

 

South Elmsley (441 Highway 15)

Monday Closed
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday Closed
Saturday 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday Closed

 

Click on the map to enlarge

Map of Rideau Lakes Township showing the 4 ward boundaries

The Voters' List is a list of people who are eligible to vote in the 2022 Municipal Election.

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).

Want to confirm you're on the list? Please contact the Municipal Office at 1-800-928-2250 or 613-928-2251 to speak to election staff or email .

If your name is on the Voters' List, you will receive a Voter Information Letter in the mail which will provide you with a unique PIN. You will need this PIN in order to vote. Do not lose this letter. 

If you have not received a Voter Information Letter by October 16th, please contact the Municipal Office at 1-800-928-2250 or 613-928-2251 to speak to Election staff or email .

 

Not on the Voter's List?

  • Contact us at the Municipal Office at 1-800-928-2250 or 613-928-2251 to speak to Election Staff to confirm or update your electoral information;   OR
  • Visit the Municipal Office (1439 County Road 8 in Chantry) during our regular office hours (Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30 p.m.) and speak to someone from the Clerk's Office or email .

Changes to the Voter's List?

  • Contact us at the Municipal Office at 1-800-928-2250 or 613-928-2251 to speak to Election Staff if changes need to be made on your voter information:  ie: Birth Date, School Support, Address, adding or deleting someone from the list. 
EL15 - Application to Amend the Voters' List

How to Use: Electors can use this form to correct any of their personal information as contained on the Voters' List (examples: birthdate, school support, occupancy status, address). Eligible electors not on the Voters' List can also use this form to add themselves to the Voters' List. 

Important Note: If you choose to submit the below form, you will be required to upload electronic copies of identification to confirm identity, residency, and/or citizenship, etc. The Township of Rideau Lakes is committed to protecting and securing the private information of all applicants and such information will only be reviewed by a limited number of sworn Election Officials.

ONLINE - Application to Amend the Voter's List - Form EL15

DOWNLOAD - Application to Amend the Voter's List - Form EL15

The Voters' Guide from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs gives information about voting in municipal and school board elections. 

The Voter's Guide is available here.

For further information regarding the upcoming Municipal Election, you may also visit the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) website.