You can vote in the municipal election if you meet the following requirements:
- You are a Canadian citizen; and
- You are at least 18 years old; and
- You are a resident of the municipality; or
- You are a non-resident of the municipality, but you or your spouse own or rent property in the municipality; and
- You are not prohibited from voting under any law.
Resident Elector - If you live in the municipality, then you are eligible to vote in the election. 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. Regardless of the number of properties that you or your spouse own or rent in the municipality, you must vote in the Ward where you live.
Non-Resident Elector - If you live in one municipality, and own or rent property in another municipality, you are eligible to vote in each municipality's election. You can only be a resident elector in one municipality. However, you can be a non-resident elector in any other municipality or municipalities where you own or rent property.
Spouse of a Non-Resident Elector - If your spouse qualifies as a non-resident elector in the municipality, you can also vote in the election.
NOTE: Neither you nor your spouse qualifies as a non-resident elector if you do not personally own or rent the property in the municipality. For example, if a property is owned by your business or by a trust, you would not qualify as a non-resident elector.
Voting for students: If you are student and consider your "home" to be the place where you live when you are not attending school, which means 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.
Trailer Owners - Campgrounds/Parks: Trailer owners in campgrounds are tenants of the campground and therefore, they are potentially eligible electors. The Campground/ Park in which the trailer is located must be your primary residence, or you must have a tenant agreement which states that you are entitled to “use the land for a period of six weeks or more during 2018”. You can visit the Township office to be added to the Voter's List - you must bring one piece of identification showing name and address, as well as your tenant agreement showing your name, address and length of tenancy (again, must be longer than 6 weeks).
Who cannot vote?
You are prohibited from voting in the municipal election if you are:
- a person serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution;
- a corporation;
- a person acting as executor or trustee or in another representative capacity;
- a person convicted of a corrupt practice described in section 90(3) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996
View the 2018 Voters' Guide here. This guide provides information to voters for the 2018 municipal council and school board elections. As there may be nuances in this material as compared to what is happening in East Zorra-Tavistock, please check with the Township Clerk for clarification.