Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Vote Early and Vote Often

Photo courtesy of Elections Canada

Vote Often

October 27th is Election Day in all Ontario municipalities. Did you know that in municipal elections non-residents can also vote?  You can vote in any municipality where you own land or are a tenant. You can only have one residence but you can be a tenant in many ways such as a commercial property or a campsite.

All Bare Oaks members with a long-term campsite are non-residential tenants under Ontario Municipal Elections Act and are therefore eligible to vote in East Gwillimbury.

To vote, you need to be:
  • A Canadian Citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • A resident or tenant (or their spouse)
Many members are already registered and have received their voter card.

Why should you vote?

  • To show that we are part of the municipality and that we care
  • Because the opinion and needs of Bare Oaks members matter
  • Because your vote can make a difference. There are 139 potential voters at Bare Oaks. When you look at the 2010 results for East Gwillimbury, you can see that 139 votes could have a big impact.

How to Vote

To check if you are on the list, go here: http://www.eastgwillimbury.ca/Government/EG_Vote_2014/Check_if_you_are_on_the_Voters_List.htm
If you have not received a voter card, you are probably not on the list. So just:
  • Fill it out and take it with ID to the Civic Centre (Leslie St. & Mount Albert Rd.) on weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm. If you do this by October 21, you will be added to the voter's list.
    • Or you can simply take the form (with ID) to an advanced poll or to the polling station on election day (Oct.27) and present it there.

Vote Early

Even if you live far away, you can vote at one of the advanced polls. (some are on weekends) There are advanced polls on October 11, 14, 16, 18 and 21. A complete list is found here: http://www.eastgwillimbury.ca/Government/EG_Vote_2014/Advanced_Poll_Dates.htm

Know the candidates