City Council has authorized the use of internet voting for the 2018 municipal election as an alternative to attending a voting place to cast your ballot. For the 2018 election, the period of internet voting has been extended up to and including Voting Day.
Internet voting will be open from 10:00 a.m. on , Saturday, October 13, 2018 (Advance Voting Day) until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 22, 2018 (Voting Day).
Are there advantages to internet voting?
There are many advantages to casting your ballot online:
- Internet voting is easy and convenient;
- Internet voting allows you to cast your ballot from anywhere and at any time provided you have your Voter Information Notice and an internet connection. You can cast your ballot from home, at work or even if you are on vacation;
- With internet voting there is no need to line-up to cast a ballot;
- Internet voting is secure and confidential. The City's internet voting system has built in safeguards to protect your information and identity; and
- With internet voting there are no rejected ballots as the system is designed to ensure that you are satisfied with and have accepted your choices before your ballot is finally cast.
Registering for internet voting
Elector registration is a two-step process that must be done through the internet. All information required to register to vote by Internet will be contained in your Elector Information Notice which will be mailed to all Electors on the Voters' List in mid to late September, 2018.
Your Elector Information Notice will include your unique Elector Identification Number (EID) which will allow you to access the on-line Elector Registration Program. Once registered, you will receive an e-mail with your Personal Identification Number (PIN). You will be asked to make a Declaration that you are entitled to vote in the 2018 municipal election and that you are a Canadian citizen. You will then be able to access your ballot to vote for the candidates for Mayor and your District Councillor and School Board Trustee(s) and you will also be able to select an answer to the Referendum Question on the Ballot.
Internet voting procedures
- You will be limited to only one vote through the use of your unique Voter Identification Number.
- Once you have made your selections, the website will identify your choices and provide you with the option of changing or confirming your votes.
- If you wish to do so, you may abstain from voting for any of the offices (Mayor, District Councillor or School Board Trustee) and/or from answering the Referendum Question on the Ballot.
- Once your Elector Identification Number and Personal Identification Number (PIN) has been used, it cannot be used again and further access shall not be granted.
- The system will provide an acknowledgement that your ballot has been successfully cast. Once your ballot has been confirmed as successfully cast, you are deemed to have voted and your ballot cannot be reclaimed or re-voted.
Disruption of internet voting
If at any time during the voting process there is a disruption in the Internet Voting service you may contact the call centre help line for technical support. Technical support staff does not have access to PIN information in the system. If you use the call centre line you will need to answer a security question for verification purposes. Support staff can only reset a PIN if the status of the on-line voting system reads ‘not voted'.