FAQs for Voters
Q. When is Voting Day?
A. Voting day is Monday, October 22, 2018. The Town of Lincoln will also be holding advance voting days on October 13 - 17, 2018. As well, electors will have the opportunity to cast their ballot through internet voting between October 3, 2018 and October 17, 2018.
Q. When are Voting Hours on Voting Day?
A. Voting hours on Voting Day are between 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Q. Who is eligible to vote?
A. A person is entitled to be an elector (voter) at an election held in a local municipality, if on Voting Day he or she is:
- A Canadian citizen
- At least 18 years old
- Residing in the Town of Lincoln or an owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of such owner or tenant; and
- Not otherwise prohibited from voting
Q. What if I cannot make it to the Voting Place on Voting Day?
A. Voters that are not available to cast their ballot at a Voting Place on Voting Day can either visit the Advanced Polls OR use the Internet voting option.
If a voter is still unable to use any of the previously mentioned options, they can appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf. You can act as a voting proxy for only one person unless you are a relative (spouse, sibling, parent, child, grandparent or grandchild), in which case the limitation does not apply. If an individual wants to appoint a voting proxy, forms can be picked up at the Clerk's office during regular office hours up to and including polling day (October 22, 2018), or the form can be found online here: Appointment for Voting Proxy – Form 3. Applicants to act as proxies must attend the Clerk’s office and present a prescribed appointment form signed by the elector. The Clerk will issue a certificate, the appointing document, and this document must be presented at the voting place. A person acting as a proxy must attend the voting place designated for the elector for whom they are voting. It is recommended that where possible, proxy voting take place during Advance Voting, mainly for the convenience of the appointee.
Q. I own property in another municipality, can I vote there?
A. In order to qualify as a non-resident voter, you (or your spouse) must be the owner or tenant of the property. If a family member who is not your spouse is the owner, and you have use of the property, such as a cottage, you would not qualify as a non-resident voter. If the property is owned by a trust, you would not qualify as a non-resident voter.
Q. Do I get time off work to vote?
A. You are entitled to three consecutive hours during which you can vote on Voting Day. Your employer may decide when it would be most convenient for you to be absent to vote.
Q. I don’t want my name on the Voters’ List. Can I have it removed?
A. You can have your name removed from the Voters’ List, but you will not be able to vote unless you have your name put back on the list.
A. Yes, here is a list of acceptable identifications:
- An Ontario driver’s licence
- An Ontario Health Card (photo card)
- An Ontario Photo Card
- An Ontario motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion)
- A cancelled personalized cheque
- A mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement relating to property in Ontario
- An insurance policy or insurance statement
- A loan agreement or other financial agreement with a financial institution
- A document issued or certified by a court in Ontario
- Any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency of such a government
- Any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada).
- An income tax assessment notice
- A Child Tax Benefit Statement
- A Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid T4E
- A Statement of Old Age Security T4A (OAS)
- A Statement of Canada Pension Plan Benefits T4A (P)
- A Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions
- A Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Works
- A Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Disability Support Program
- A Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Statement of Benefits T5007
- A property tax assessment
- A credit card statement, bank account statement, or RRSP, RRIF, RHOSP or T5 statement
- A CNIB Card or a card from another registered charitable organization that provides services to persons with disabilities
- A hospital card or record
- A document showing campus residence, issued by the office or officials responsible for student residence at a post-secondary institution
- A document showing residence at a long-term care home under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, issued by the Administrator for the home
- A utility bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone or cable TV or a bill from a public utilities commission.
- A cheque stub, T4 statement or pay receipt issued by an employer
- A transcript or report card from a post-secondary school
Q. What if I forget my ID when I go to vote?
A. If you are on the Voters’ List, you can still vote by completing and signing a declaration that you are the person whose name appears on the list. If you are not on the Voters’ List, you will need to visit Town Hall to be added to the list before voting and you will need to provide identification.
Q. Am I on the Voters’ List?
A. To check if you are on the Voters’ List, please visit the Voter Look-up & Registration tool
Q. When is the deadline to correct my information on the Voters’ List?
A. You can have your information corrected up until the close of voting on Voting Day which is at 8 p.m.
Q. I added my name to the Voters’ List during the last election. Why is my name not on the list?
The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for preparing the preliminary list of electors used for municipal and school board elections in Ontario. They were provided with all completed application forms from the previous election for inclusion in the Voters' List. If you have specific questions about the compilation of the Voters' List contact MPAC at 1-866-296-6722 or visit their website.
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