In Person Voting
In Person Voting Dates
For the 2018 municipal election, the City will have two days of in-person voting:
- Advanced Voting Day - Saturday, Oct. 13 - 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Final Voting Day - Monday, Oct. 22 - 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Are you on the Voters' List?
Not sure if you are on the Voters' List? Check to see if you're on the list using the Voters' List Lookup Tool.
The key to a quick and easy in person voting experience is to be on the Voters' List. If you are on the Voters' List you will receive your Voter Information Notice (VIN) a few weeks before Voting Day. Your VIN provides the location of your voting place and your unique Voter Identification Number that allows you to register and receive a PIN number in order to access internet voting. For in person voting, simply bring your Voter Information Notice and appropriate ID to your voting place and you will be issued your ballot.
Electors can cast one ballot at the voting place in their respective electoral district on Advance Voting Day between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Advanced Voting Day - Voting Locations
- Collins-Bayridge - Mother Teresa Catholic School - 1044 Lancaster Drive
- Countryside - Glenburnie Fire Hall - 1485 Unity Road
- Kingscourt-Rideau - St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School - 114 Wiley Street
- King's Town- Artillery Park Aquatic Centre - 382 Bagot Street
- Lakeside - Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School - 20 Cranbrook Street
- Loyalist Cataraqui - Cataraqui Woods Elementary School - 1255 Birchwood Drive
- Meadowbrook-Strathcona - St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School - 355 Waterloo Drive
- Pittsburgh - St. Martha Catholic School - 455 St. Martha Street
- Portsmouth - Portsmouth Olympic Harbour - 53 Yonge Street
- Sydenham - Winston Churchill Public School - 530 Earl Street
- Trillium - Archbishop O'Sullivan Catholic School - 974 Pembridge Crescent
- Williamsville - Kingston Memorial Centre - 303 York Street
Advantages to voting on Advance Voting Day
Advance Voting Day is an option if you are not available on Voting Day to cast your ballot, if you do not have access to internet voting, or if you simply want to cast your ballot with the knowledge that your voting place will be less congested and line-ups will be much shorter than if you wait until Voting Day. In the 2014 municipal election there were 12 advance voting places. During the ten hour advance voting period, the number of votes cast at each voting place averaged about 244 votes, or about 24 votes per hour. While there were some peak times when electors may have experienced wait times, generally the voting places were not busy on Advance Voting Day. By comparison, the number of votes cast at the twenty-five voting places on Voting Day averaged about 900 votes per voting place or about 90 votes per hour (higher during peak times, e.g. between 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.).
Electors can cast one ballot at a voting place in their respective district on Voting Day between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
New for the 2018 election: electors can cast their ballot at any of the voting places in their district.
Voting Day - Voting Locations
- Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School - 1085 Woodbine Road
- St. Paul the Apostle Parish - 1111 Taylor-Kidd Boulevard
- Glenburnie Fire Hall - 1485 Unity Road
- MacLachlan Woodworking Museum - 2993 Highway 2
- Rock Road Fire Hall - 2835 Highway 38
- Our Lady of Fatima Parish - 588 Division Street
- Rideau Heights Community Centre - 85 McCauley Street
- Artillery Park Aquatic Centre - 382 Bagot Street
- Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School - 130 Russell Street
- Cooke's-Portsmouth United Church - 200 Norman Rogers Drive
- Portsmouth Olympic Harbour - 53 Yonge Street
- Chalmers United Church - 212 Barrie Street
- Queen's University Athletics and Recreation Centre - 284 Earl Street
Institutional Voting - Locations
There will also be 17 institutional voting places (institutions, retirement homes, nursing homes, long-term care facilities) that will have reduced hours of voting (10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) for building residents only.
- Arbour Heights - 564 Tanner Drive – Town Hall, First Floor
- Chartwell Conservatory Pond - 1499 Stoneridge Drive – Activities Room
- Extendicare Kingston - 309 Queen Mary Road – Family Room
- Fairmount Home for the Aged - 2069 Battersea Road – Conference Room, Second Floor
- Kingsdale Chateau - 520 Kingsdale Avenue – Activities Room
- Kingston General Hospital - 76 Stuart Street – Conference Room
- Providence Care Hospital - 752 King Street West
- Providence Manor - 275 Sydenham Street – Activity Room
- Providence Motherhouse - 1200 Princess Street – Auditorium
- Rideaucrest Home - 175 Rideau Street – Front Lobby
- Rosewood Retirement Home - 833 Sutton Mills Court – Chestnut Lounge
- Royale Place Retirement Residence - 2485 Princess Street – Activities Room
- St. Lawrence Place - 181 Ontario Street – Second Floor Library
- Trillium Ridge Nursing Home - 800 Edgar Street – Second Floor Lobby
- Trillium Ridge Retirement Centre - 800 Edgar Street – Dining Room
- Waterford Kingston Retirement Residences - 463-471 Cataraqui Woods Drive – Crafts Room
All voting places on Advance Voting Day and Voting Day, including institutional voting places, will offer electors the opportunity to use accessible voting equipment to cast their ballot privately and independently.
New: Vote anywhere in your Electoral District
For the 2018 municipal election, you will be able to vote at any of the voting places in your electoral district regardless of your "assigned" voting place as shown on your Voter Information Notice. As long as you are qualified to vote and are in the right electoral district, you will be able to update your information on the Voters' List, if need be, and cast your ballot at any of the voting places in your electoral district.
Free transit on Advance Voting Day and Voting Day
Kingston Transit and Kingston Access Bus will be offering free transit to electors on both Advance Voting Day and Voting Day between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. If you plan on using Kingston Transit, you will need to show your Voter Information Notice when you board the bus. Free transportation on Kingston Access Bus will only be available to you if you are a registered user of that service. When reserving your transportation on Kingston Access Bus, you will have to identify which voting place you are going to.
Voting place line-ups
One of the main frustrations expressed after the 2014 municipal election related to the long line-ups experienced at some voting places, particularly after 5:00 p.m. Perhaps you were in one of those line-ups and had to wait 30 minutes or more to cast your ballot.
As an elector, here are some actions you can take to either avoid waiting in line or to shorten your wait time at the voting place:
- Vote online - it's easy, convenient and safe – See Internet Voting for more information
- Vote on Advance Voting Day when wait times are much shorter
- Make sure you are on the Voters' List and your information is up-to-date – in 2014 one in every three electors had to make revisions to the Voters' List on Voting Day before being able to cast their ballot;
- If possible, avoid peak voting times, i.e. when the voting place first opens and after 4:00 p.m.
- Bring your Voter Information Notice and appropriate identification to the voting place.
City Council has also approved the following enhancements for the 2018 municipal election to assist in shortening the wait times at the voting places:
- The period for internet voting has been extended to include Voting Day;
- Specific communications have been developed to encourage electors to make sure they are on the Voters' List, to use internet voting, and to vote on Advance Voting Day;
- The number of election staff at each voting place has been increased
- The roles of election staff have been redefined to help streamline the process of amending the Voters' List and issuing ballots.