How to vote in the 2018 municipal election in the Kawarthas

Voting begins today in Peterborough, Port Hope, Hastings Highlands, with electronic voting only in many municipalities

For most municipalities in the Kawarthas, the 2018 municipal election will be conducted electronically through internet and telephone voting only.
For most municipalities in the Kawarthas, the 2018 municipal election will be conducted electronically through internet and telephone voting only.

Internet voting begins today (October 9) in Peterborough for the 2018 municipal election and continues until Election Day on Monday, October 22nd. If you prefer to cast a traditional ballot on Election Day, you can also do so in Peterborough at one of 17 voting locations.

This isn’t the case in many other municipalities in the Kawarthas, which have switched entirely to paperless voting (by telephone or internet).

All eight townships with the County of Peterborough are offering internet and telephone voting, which begins today.

In Port Hope and Hastings Highlands, internet and telephone voting also begins today. In the City of Kawartha Lakes, it begins on Friday, October 12th. In Cobourg and Trent Hills, voting begins on Monday, October 15th.

In all cases, internet and telephone voting continues until Election Day (October 22).

If you live in Highlands East, where voting takes place by mail only, you have until Thursday, October 11th to mail in your vote (but you can drop it off in person if you miss the deadline).

Below are details on the voting methods available in the Kawarthas (if your municipality is not listed below, check your local municipal website for more information).


City of Peterborough

Internet voting for the City of Peterborough runs from Tuesday, October 9th until the polls close at 8 p.m. on Election Day on October 22nd (registration for internet voting closes at 7 p.m.).

To vote online, visit www.peterboroughvotes.ca and complete the two-step verification process. You will need to register using your Voter ID found on your Voter Information Card. Once your registration is approved, you will receive an email with a link to your PIN, which you can then use to vote online.

All registered electors should have received a Voter Information Card in the mail last week. If you have not received yours, check to see if you are on the Voters’ List online at www.peterboroughvotes.ca or by calling the Election Hotline at 705-742-7777 ext.1022.

If your name is not on the Voters’ List, you can have it added by visiting the Clerk’s Office at City Hall (500 George St. N., Peterborough) or by completing the online registration at the link above.

 

County of Peterborough

In the County of Peterborough, the municipal election is held at the township level.

All eight townships with the County of Peterborough are offering internet and telephone voting. With the exception of the Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen, which will also offer a traditional paper ballot voting option at the municipal office on October 22nd, there will be no paper ballots.

The voting period for all townships in the County of Peterborough begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9th and continues until 8 p.m. on Monday, October 22nd. Eligible voters will need the voter information letter they received in the mail.

For details about voting in each township, including what to do if you haven’t received your voter information letter, visit the links below:

 

City of Kawartha Lakes

There are no paper ballots for the municipal and school board election in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Electors can vote online or by phone anywhere they have an internet or telephone connection.

You will need your Voting PIN Letter to log in to the internet election site or to access the telephone election platform.

Voting begins on Friday, October 12th at 9 a.m. and closes on Monday, October 22nd at 8 p.m.

During the voting period, Voter Help Centres will be set-up at City Hall, Municipal Service Centres, and select Kawartha Lakes Public Libraries for those who would like to receive assistance in casting their electronic ballot. A list of locations is available on the Voter Information section on the City’s website www.kawarthalakes.ca/en/municipal-services/voter-information.aspx.

City Hall will be open for two Saturdays during the voting period (Saturday, October 13th and Saturday, October 20th) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. City election staff will be available to respond to calls Monday to Friday until 8 p.m. during the voting period.

If you did not receive your Voting PIN Letter, visit City Hall (26 Francis Street, Lindsay) or any Municipal Service Centre and a new PIN can be issued. Remember to bring a valid piece of ID that confirms your identity and residency in Kawartha Lakes. Note that Voting PIN Letters cannot be issued at any Kawartha Lakes Public Library.

For assistance, contact the Municipal Elections Office by calling 705-324-9411 ext. 1888 or email election@kawarthalakes.ca.

To view the list of candidates or for more information about the election, visit www.kawarthalakes.ca/election.

 

Town of Cobourg

The Town of Cobourg is using telephone and internet voting — there will be no paper ballots.

Voting begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 15th and continues until 8 p.m. on Monday, October 22nd.

All eligible Cobourg electors can vote from home or any location by telephone or through any device that has internet access. To vote, qualified voters enter their personal identification number (PIN) and their date of birth as voting credentials.

If you did not receive your Voter Information Letter in the mail, call the Voter Help Centre at 905-372-4301 or email votecobourg2018@cobourg.ca.

For more information, visit www.votecobourg.ca.

 

Municipality of Port Hope

The Municipality of Port Hope is running a paperless election. Residents can cast their votes online or by telephone anytime during the voting period, which begins on Tuesday, October 9th and ends on Monday, October 22nd.

Voting Assistance Centres will also be available throughout the voting period. The Help Centre at Town Hall (56 Queen St., Port Hope) will be open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the voting period.

The Help Centre at the Former Canton Municipal Office (5325 County Road 10) will be open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the voting period.

If you have not received your Voter Information Letter in the mail, if you have a voting question, or need if you need clarification about the election process, municipal staff will be available at Town Hall on October 11th and 18th from 4 to 8 p.m., to make any additions, deletions, or corrections to the voters’ list. You can also call or visit the Corporate Services department at Town Hall anytime during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

For more information, visit porthope.ca/election.

 

Municipality of Trent Hills

The 2018 municipal election in the Municipality of Trent Hills will be conducted through internet and telephone voting; there will not be traditional paper ballots.

The voting period beings at 9 a.m. on Monday, October 15th and ends at 8 p.m. on Monday, October 22nd.

You will need your Voter Information Letter to vote. If you have not received your letter, contact the Clerk’s Office at 705-653-1900 ext. 240.

For more information, visit www.trenthills.ca/en/elections/elections-2018.aspx.

 

Municipality of Hastings Highlands

The municipal election in the Municipality of Hastings Highlands will be conducted through internet and telephone voting; there will be no paper ballots.

The voting period begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9th and continues until 8 p.m. on Monday, October 22nd. You will need your Voter Information Letter, which contains a secure PIN, in order to vote.

If members of the public wish to come into the municipal office (33011 Hwy. 62 North, Maynooth) to use a laptop or a device that is set up for electronic voting, they may bring their Voter Instruction Letter with them on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, October 9th from 10 a,n, to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 10th to Friday, October 12th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, October 15th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 16th to Friday, October 19th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, October 22nd from 9 a.m. to- 8 p.m.

If you have not received your Voter Instruction Letter, call 613-338-2811 ext 201 to reach an Elections Assistant or email election@hastingshighlands.ca.

For more information, visit www.hastingshighlands.ca/Telephone_Internet_Voting.php.

 

Municipality of Highlands East

In the Municipality of Highlands East, voting in the 2018 municipal election will take place by mail only.

Eligible electors should have received their voter kits during the last week of September.

The last day to mail in your voter kit is on Thursday, October 11th. After that, you must drop off your voter kit at the Municipal Office in Wilberforce at 2249 Loop Road between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or on Election Day between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

For more information, including what to do if you haven’t received your voter kit, visit www.highlandseast.ca/elections/information-for-voters/how-to-vote.

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