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The voters’ list

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

The voters’ list is prepared in several steps:

1. A preliminary list is created by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) based on data it keeps on home ownership and tenancy. If you have moved since the last municipal election, you should contact MPAC to make sure they have they have your current information: 1-866-296-MPAC (6722).

2. The preliminary list is sent to the municipal clerk during the summer prior to the election. The clerk can correct any errors on the list until September 1. On September 1, the corrected list becomes the voters’ list.

3. If you are not on the voters’ list, or if your information is incorrect (for example, you are listed at an old address), you may apply to have your name added or your information corrected. This may be done beginning on the Tuesday after Labour Day (September 2, 2014) until the close of voting on October 27. You may have your name added to the voters’ list at the voting place. You may be asked to show identification to establish that you are eligible to vote. For more information about getting on the voters’ list, you should contact your municipal clerk.

At the voting place

When you arrive at the voting place, you must show identification to prove that you are the person whose name appears on the voters’ list. The identification must show your name and address. Photo identification is not required.

There are many documents that can be used to show your name and address, including: 

  • an Ontario driver’s licence 
  • an Ontario health card (if your name and address are printed on the card) 
  • a mortgage, lease or rental agreement 
  • an insurance policy 
  • a credit card statement 
  • a bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone, cable TV
For a full list of acceptable documents, please see Acceptable Documents for Voter Identification. Please note: a Canadian passport is not an acceptable document, because you write your address inside your passport yourself.

If your name is on the voters’ list and you do not have identification, you may fill out and sign a declaration that you are the person whose name appears on the list.

Alternative voting

If your municipality uses alternative voting, such as vote by mail or internet voting, the clerk will establish processes and procedures for voter identification. If you will be voting using an alternative method, you should contact your clerk for more information.