How to vote
Vote By Mail:
Vote by Mail will be the voting method used for the 2018 Municipal Election.
Vote by Mail is an alternative approach to voting. Instead of having traditional poll locations for voting, a voter kit is mailed to each eligible elector on the voters’ list. Voters can return the completed kits either through the mail or they can be hand-delivered to Ballot Return Stations.
More information about how and when to vote will be available in 2018.
Please see the Vote by Mail Video Tutorial for video instruction on how to vote by mail.
Why are we using Vote by Mail?
Ease and convenience for voters—you can vote in the comfort of your home and on your own time.
It is an accessible way to vote for people with mobility issues.
You can vote even if you are away on Election Day.
Many Ontario municipalities successfully conducted their municipal elections in 2014 using Vote by Mail, including our neighbours in Erin, Centre Wellington, Minto and Mapleton.
Is Vote by Mail secure?
Vote by Mail is a double envelope system that protects the confidentiality of the voter. Just like your other bills and payments, your completed ballots (in return envelopes) are processed through the Canada Post mail delivery network. Election staff use the signed voter declarations within the return envelopes to strike voters off the list—it is against the law to vote more than once for any elected office within the same municipality or school board.
School Board Elections
More information about the election of school board trustees will be available in 2018 on our School Board Election webpage.
2018 Vote by Mail Procedures
Staff Report 16/38 was presented to Council on November 21, 2016 about the option of having a ranked ballot election in 2018. At that time, it was decided that the Township of Guelph/Eramosa will not be using ranked balloting for the 2018 Municipal Election.
For more information about ranked ballots, please visit Ontario e-laws to view Ontario Regulation 310/16.
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