Who can vote?
You can vote in Kingston's municipal election if you are:
- a Canadian citizen; and
- at least 18 years old; and
- a resident in the City of Kingston; or
- a non-resident of the City of Kingston, but you or your spouse own or rent property in the City; and
- are not prohibited from voting under any law
You may only vote once in the city of Kingston municipal election regardless of how many properties you own or rent in the city. You must vote in the district where you live.
An owner or tenant of non-residential property, or his or her spouse, is not eligible to vote for School Board Trustee.
Who cannot vote?
You are prohibited from voting on voting day 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, except as a voting proxy
- a person convicted of a corrupt practice described in section 90(3) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996
Voting by proxy
Under Section 44 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 an elector may act as a voting proxy on behalf of only one qualified elector who is not a relative or one or more qualified electors who are relatives, using separate proxy forms for each. A relative means the parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother, sister or spouse of the elector appointed. Even if an elector is eligible to vote in more than one municipality he/she can only act as a voting proxy for one non-relative.
Voting proxy procedure
Any person whose name is on the voters' list or who has been added by revision may vote by proxy. There are no limitations on who may vote by proxy provided they are on the voters' list.
A person wishing to appoint a voting proxy must do so on the prescribed form.
Not more than one voting proxy may be appointed on behalf of any one person.
The person appointed must be entitled to be an elector.
The appointment of a voting proxy may only be made after the last date for withdrawal of nominations, (July 27, 2018 unless additional nominations are required) and the clerk has certified all persons qualified to be nominated.
No application shall be approved by the clerk after 5:00 p.m. on final voting day (Oct. 22, 2018).
Proxy forms can be distributed after 2 p.m. July 27, 2018 but the forms shall not be approved until after (July 27, 2018).
A person appointed as a voting proxy may only act for one person who is not a relative but can act as a voting proxy for any number of relatives (including spouses or siblings, parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren).
Please note that the witness to the signature of the elector making the appointment cannot be the same person as the elector being appointed.
The person appointed a voting proxy shall complete, in duplicate, an application in the prescribed form, including a statutory declaration that the person is the person appointed as a voting proxy, and shall bring both copies of the form in person to the Clerk at the Election Office, 216 Ontario St., at City Hall, during normal office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or during the period from 12 to 5 p.m. on an Advance Voting Day (October 13, 2018) and before 5 p.m. on Voting Day (October 22, 2018).
The clerk or designate shall, if satisfied that the person who appointed the voting proxy is qualified to appoint a proxy and the person so appointed is qualified to act as a voting proxy , issue a certificate in the prescribed form. The voting proxy shall provide identification, in order to complete the affidavit on the form. The original of Form 119 shall then be given to the person appointed as the voting proxy and the copy is to be retained in the Election Office.
The clerk shall enter or cause to be entered the name of the person appointed as the voting proxy, together with the name of the person making the appointment, into the data base at the Election Office. This procedure shall ensure that a person is unable to act as a voting proxy more than once for persons other than family members.
There is a special rule for students who may be living away from home while they attend school. If you are a 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.
Your residence is where you live. If you live in a municipality, then you are eligible to vote in that municipality's election. You are only allowed to have one residence in a municipality.
If you live in one municipality, and own or rent property in another municipality, you are eligible to vote in each municipality's election.
Spouse of a non-resident elector
If your spouse qualifies as a non-resident elector in a municipality, then you can also vote in that municipality's election.
Who can vote in a school board election?
In order to vote in a school board election you must be 18 years of age or older, and a Canadian citizen. If you are a resident of the municipality, you are eligible to vote for school board trustees. If you are the owner or tenant (or spouse of an owner of tenant) of residential property in a municipality, you are eligible to vote for school trustees. Note: school boards can cover a large area of a municipality. You are only allowed to vote for the same school board once.
If you are eligible to vote in a municipality because you are the owner or tenant (or spouse of an owner or tenant) of a commercial property there, you are not eligible to vote for school trustee.
There are four different kinds of school boards in Ontario
English-language public school board
This is the default - unless you are qualified to vote for a separate or French board, you will vote for the English public school board in your area.
English language separate school board
You must be Roman Catholic, and you must be a separate school board supporter or the spouse of a separate school board supporter. If your spouse is a Roman Catholic and you are not, you are not eligible.
French language public school board
You must be a French language rights holder, and you must be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French language public school board.
French language separate school board
You must be a Roman Catholic and a French language rights holder, and you must be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French separate school board. If your spouse is a Roman Catholic and you are not, you are not eligible.
"Supporter" refers to which school board the school portion of your property taxes goes to. The default is the public school system. In order to be a separate school supporter you must direct your taxes to the separate school system. Contact the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (1-866-296-6722) for more information.
The Voter Information Notice
The Voter Information Notice that every elector on the voters' list receives informs the elector where and when to vote. Listed on the notice are the Election Day and advance vote dates and times. Voting locations are specific to each elector's voting area. Receiving and bringing this information card will speed up the voting process for all electors when they go to vote.
Two important items to remember to bring when you go to the voting place:
- Voter Information Notice
- Voter identification document as described below
Acceptable documents for voter identification
You must present one of the following documents showing your name and address:
- Ontario Driver's Licence
- Ontario Health Card (photo card)
- Ontario Photo Card
- Ontario motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion)
- Cancelled personalized cheque
- Mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement relating to property in Ontario
- Insurance policy or insurance statement
- Loan agreement or other financial agreement with a financial institution
- Document issued or certified by a court in Ontario
- Any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency or such a government
- Any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada)
- Income tax assessment notice
- Child Tax Benefit Statement
- Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid T4E
- Statement of Old Age Security T4A (OAS)
- Statement of Canada Pension Plan Benefits T4A (P)
- Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions
- Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Works
- Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Disability Support Program
- Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Statement of Benefits T5007
- Property tax assessment
- Credit card statement, bank account statement, or RRSP, RRIF, RHOSP or T5 statement
- CNIB Card or a card from another registered charitable organization that provides services to persons with disabilities
- Hospital card or record
- Document showing campus residence, issued by the office or officials responsible for student residence at a post-secondary institution
- Document showing residence at a long-term care home under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, issued by the Administrator for the home
- Utility bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone or cable TV or a bill from a public utilities commission
- Cheque stub, T4 statement or pay receipt issued by an employer
- Transcript or report card from a post-secondary school