Every four years, voters across Ontario decide who will represent their interests and lead their communities by electing the members of their municipal councils and school boards.
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has a Voters’ Guide which contains information about the rules that are the same for all municipal elections, such as who is eligible to vote.
The Training Room at the Nogies Creek Fire Hall will be open to the public and candidates from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on October 22, 2018 to await the election results. Light refreshments will be available.
Similar to other municipalities in Ontario, the Municipality of Trent Lakes approved the use of internet and telephone voting on February 21, 2017. The benefits of electronic voting are listed below.
Easy – Electronic voting reduces any errors that can occur during manual tabulation and the results will be available shortly after the polls close.
Convenient – There are many non-resident electors in the Municipality of Trent Lakes who have the right to vote in the Municipal Election. Every elector will be able to vote from any location with telephone and/or internet access. This also eliminates the need to rely on the postal service to make sure their ballot arrives to the Municipal Office.
Private – In order to cast your vote electronically, you will need supply the randomly generated PIN assigned to you, in conjunction with a personal piece of information. By combining these two pieces of information, the integrity of the vote is maintained. Additionally, an auditor will be assigned to monitor voting activity. The Simply Voting system is secure and protects the secrecy of your vote – you can read more here.
Accessible – Voting electronically has enhanced accessibility and will allow everyone to participate in the election, with the goal of increasing voter turnout. Voters with disabilities (including visually and hearing impaired) have a greater degree of anonymity due to being able to vote unassisted. Electronic voting will be more appealing to a larger demographic which could also positively impact voter turnout.