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Voter Information

Please Note: Voter Information below is subject to change as we get closer to the Municipal Election in October 2022

In Kawartha Lakes, our election is simple: 10 Days, 2 Ways

The last Kawartha Lakes Regular Municipal Election was held by internet and telephone voting over 10 days from Friday, October 14, 2022 at 9am to Tuesday, October 24, 2022 at 8pm. The City Clerk is responsible for conducting the municipal and school board trustee elections.

 Voter Eligibility

You can vote if you are:

  • A Canadian citizen; and
  • At least 18 years old; and
  • A resident in Kawartha Lakes; or
  • A non-resident of Kawartha Lakes, 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 Kawartha Lakes' municipal election regardless of how many properties you own or rent within the city. If you live in the city and own or rent more than one property, you must vote in the ward where you live. You may also vote in multiple Municipal Elections if you own property outside of Kawartha Lakes.

 Voters’ List Lookup

Are you registered to vote? Have you checked the Voters' List?

Be sure the check the Voters' List to verify that you will received a Voting PIN letter in the mail.

 Voter Education Sessions

Check back soon for when new Voter Education Sessions are announced for the 2022 Municipal Election.

Two voter education sessions were held in 2018 in Lindsay and Bobcaygeon to assist electors about the changes in that election.

The Voter Education Sessions covered the following topics:

  • How to vote using the internet or telephone
  • Voting assistance locations
  • How to check if you are on the Voters’ List and adding electors online or in person
  • What you can do as a voter for a candidate’s campaign
  • Election campaign signs rules and regulations for electors
  • Ward boundaries
  • Third party advertising
 How to Vote

Voting is convenient with Internet-Telephone Voting:

  1. Check the Voters’ List to ensure you are on it, and your mailing address is up to date.
  2. Wait for your Voting PIN Letter to arrive in the mail (late September, early October).
    • Hold on to the Voting PIN Letter in a safe place until voting opens on Friday, October 14, 2022 at 9:00am
    • You will have 10 Days to vote, but do not wait until the last minute in case you have difficulty logging into the voting system
  1. Open your Voting PIN Letter, and find the PIN number that will grant you access to the voting system.
  2. You have 2 Ways that you can vote:
    1. Vote by telephone (takes about 10-15 minutes)
      • Call the number provided in your voting kit
      • Enter your PIN
      • Enter your date of birth
        • If you receive an error after several attempts to login, this may be because your birthdate information is incorrect in our Voting System. You will need a new PIN. Please contact us a 705-324-9411 ext. 1888.
      • Vote (use the '#' to confirm your selections)
    2. Vote by internet (takes about 5 minutes)
      • Visit the voting website provided in your voting PIN letter by entering the address into the address bar at the top of your internet browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.)
      • Enter your PIN
      • Enter your year of birth
      • Enter the Captcha challenge (distorted letters and numbers) as shown on the screen
        • If you receive an error after several attempts to login, this may be because your birthdate information is incorrect in our Voting System. You will need a new PIN. Please contact us a 705-324-9411 ext. 1888.
      • Follow the prompts through all contests, and complete your ballot by pressing 'Cast Ballot'
  3. Want to ensure your vote counted? You can try voting again with the same PIN and Voter ID, and if you are blocked from doing so, then you know your vote counted.
  4. If you do not have access to a touchtone telephone, or internet at your home, visit a Kawartha Lakes Service Centre, or select Kawartha Lakes Library Branch (locations TBD) during regular business hours, and use their touch-screen kiosk or public-access computers.
  5. If you did not receive your Voting PIN letter in the mail by early October, you will be able to obtain your Voting PIN letter from the Election Office at City Hall, or at any Municipal Service Centre.

Things you don’t have to do to vote in the municipal election:

  • Drive to a polling station
  • Find a mailbox
  • Produce an email address
  • Give your vote to a live person on the telephone (ensuring the secrecy of the ballot)
  • Get out of your pyjamas (vote from the comfort of your home)

If you need more information, or have any questions or concerns, we’re here to help. Contact the Office of the City Clerk, or the Elections Office at City Hall, 26 Francis Street, Lindsay ON (705) 324-9411 ext. 1888.

 How to Vote - Video

A video of how to vote will be made available closer to the Election period.

Voting Help Centres

If during the voting period (October 14-24) you do not have access to a touchtone telephone, or internet at your home, please visit (with your Voting PIN Letter) the following locations to use their touch-screen voting kiosks (no paper ballots available):

  • City Hall, 26 Francis Street Lindsay
    • Regular Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
    • Extended Hours:
      • Saturday, October 15 (9am-1pm)
      • Saturday, October 22 (9am-1pm)
      • Election Day, October 24 (8:30am to 8:00pm)
  • Municipal Service Centres
    • Bobcaygeon, 123 East Street South (across from Legion)
      • Regular Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
      • Extended Hours, Election Day October 24 (8:30 am to 8:00pm)
    • Coboconk, 9 Grandy Road (co-located with Coboconk Library)
      • Regular Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
      • Extended Hours, Election Day October 24 (8:30 am to 8:00pm)
    • Lindsay, 180 Kent Street West (Old Lindsay Town Hall)
      • Regular Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
      • Extended Hours, Election Day October 24 (8:30 am to 8:00pm
    • Omemee, 1 King Street West (Coronation Hall)
      • Regular Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
      • Extended Hours, Election Day October 24 (8:30 am to 8:00pm)
  • Select Kawartha Lakes Library Branches during regular branch hours:
    • Locations to be determined.
    • Please Note: Library branches cannot issue or re-produce a Voting PIN Letter.

List of Certified Candidates and Third Party Advertisers

A full list will appear below as Candidates are nominated during the nomination period between May 2, 2022 and August 19, 2022 (at 2pm).

2018 Municipal Election Certified List of Candidates

 Mayor

First Name

Last Name

Qualifying Address

Other Address

Telephone

E-mail

           
           
           
           
 Councillor Ward 1

First Name

Last Name

Qualifying Address

Other Address

Telephone

E-mail

           
           
           
           
 Councillor Ward 2

First Name

Last Name

Qualifying Address

Other Address

Telephone

E-mail

           
           
           
           
           
           
 Councillor Ward 3

First Name

Last Name

Qualifying Address

Other Address

Telephone

E-mail

           
           
           
 Councillor Ward 4

First Name

Last Name

Qualifying Address

Other Address

Telephone

E-mail

           
           
           
           
 Councillor Ward 5

First Name

Last Name

Qualifying Address

Other Address

Telephone

E-mail

           
           
           
           
 Councillor Ward 6

First Name

Last Name

Qualifying Address

Other Address

Telephone

E-mail

           
           
           
           
           
           
           
 Councillor Ward 7

First Name

Last Name

Qualifying Address

Other Address

Telephone

E-mail

           
         

 

 Councillor Ward 8

First Name

Last Name

Qualifying Address

Other Address

Telephone

E-mail

           
           
           
           
           
           
 English-Public School Board Trustee (Trillium Lakelands District School Board) for Wards 1 and 4

First Name

Last Name

Qualifying Address

Other Address

Telephone

E-mail

           
           
  English-Public School Board Trustee (Trillium Lakelands District School Board) for Wards 2 and 3

First Name

Last Name

Qualifying Address

Other Address

Telephone

E-mail

           
  English-Public School Board Trustee (Trillium Lakelands District School Board) for Ward 5

First Name

Last Name

Qualifying Address

Other Address

Telephone

E-mail

           
  English-Public School Board Trustee (Trillium Lakelands District School Board) for Wards 6 and 8

First Name

Last Name

Qualifying Address

Other Address

Telephone

E-mail

           
  English-Public School Board Trustee (Trillium Lakelands District School Board) for Ward 7

First Name

Last Name

Qualifying Address

Other Address

Telephone

E-mail

           
 English-Separate School Board Trustee (Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board)

First Name

Last Name

Qualifying Address

Other Address

Telephone

E-mail

           
 French-Public School Board Trustee (Conseil scolaire Viamonde) - nominated at City of Oshawa

First Name

Last Name

Qualifying Address

Other Address

Telephone

E-mail

           
           
 French-Separate School Board Trustee (Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir) - nominated at City of Oshawa

First Name

Last Name

Qualifying Address

Other Address

Telephone

E-mail

           
           
           
           
 Third Party Advertisers
 

Name of Third Party

Contact Person

Address

Email

Phone Number

         
         

Frequently Asked Questions

When are the 2022 municipal elections?

The 2022 municipal elections are being held over 10 Days from Friday, October 14, 2022 at 9:00am to Monday, October 24, 2022 at 8pm. Kawartha Lakes electors should receive a Voting PIN Letter in the mail in the end of September, or early October.

Has my ward has changed since the 2018 Municipal Election?

There have been no changes to ward boundaries since the 2018 Municipal Election.

More information on ward boundaries can be found on the Ward Boundaries page.

You may also use the Interactive Ward Boundary Map and determine what your ward you live in for the 2022 Municipal Election.

Why has the City switched to Internet-Telephone voting?

Like many other municipalities in Ontario (197 to be exact), City Council initially approved the switch to Internet-Telephone voting from mail-in ballots on January 24, 2017 for the 2018 election, and unanimously confirmed this decision on January 28, 2021 for the 2022 election.

There are many advantages to adopting this method of voting:

Emergency Preparedness: Voting by Internet or Telephone does not require any large gatherings at polling stations, and allows voters to vote from the comfort and safety of their home if future emergency stay-at-home orders are issued.

Efficiency: reduces printing, return postage fees, staff time for vote counting, and the amount of paper utilized.

Accessibility: Internet-Telephone Voting is a convenient option for electors allowing them to use their own devices and access their ballots anytime during the voting period, and from anywhere with Internet or Telephone access. The City’s Accessibility Advisory Committee has vetted this switch, and have endorsed the use of use of Internet-Telephone voting.

Accuracy: Internet-Telephone voting uses electronic ballots exclusively reducing counting error from manual tabulations;

Automatic Tabulation: 100% of the results will be available shortly after 8pm on October 24, once all voters have completed their voting (if they logged in before 8pm).

Convenience: Thousands of Kawartha Lakes non-resident electors do not live in Kawartha Lakes, and therefore should be given the equal opportunity to vote as those who live here. Every elector will be able to vote from a location of their convenience. Also, compared to mail-in voting from years past, voters will no longer need to find a postal box, or rely on the postal service to ensure their ballot returned back to City Hall.

Will there be any paper ballots available for electors?

No paper ballots are needed. Kawartha Lakes is embarking on the alternative model of Internet-Telephone Voting for the 2022 Municipal Election, therefore this will be the City’s second paperless-ballot election. This has been selected as the option for electors to ensure that all electors (whether those that live in Kawartha Lakes, or abroad) get an equal opportunity to vote.

Since amalgamation, Kawartha Lakes has never had a traditional polling station model of voting, and the first five elections had been elections have been held exclusively by mail-in ballot. The 2018 Municipal Election introduced Kawartha Lakes to Internet-Telephone Voting.

Provincial and Federal elections continue to utilize paper ballots for their elections.

When will the Election Office be opened?

The Municipal Elections Help Desk will open at City Hall (26 Francis Street, Lindsay) in late Spring and can be reached by calling 705-324-9411 ext. 1888

When will I receive a Voting PIN Letter?

Kawartha Lakes electors should receive a Voting PIN Letter in the mail in late September, early October. If you have not received one by the time when voting opens, contact the Elections Office. 

What if I receive a duplicate Voting PIN Letter or Voting PIN Letter for someone who has moved away?

If electors receive multiple PIN letters (duplicates) this may be because the different elector information files we have in our Voters’ List may have:

  • Different last/first names (eg: married, and birth names)
  • Different birth dates on the voters' list
  • Different addresses
  • and a combination of the above

The Clerk’s Office will conduct an extensive review of possible duplicates identified (flagged by our Voters’ List software Voterview). We will remove duplicate names where it is appropriate, but kept both electors if they appeared to be twin siblings, or two different people with very similar names/birthdates.

This process has been completed in every Kawartha Lakes Election in the past as, it was possible that duplicate Mail-In-Voting kits/PIN Letters were mailed to one elector, however each election some duplicates are discovered following the initial mailing.

Electors who call the Elections Office advising of receiving duplicates will be notified that we will deactivate the PIN letter (by deleting the elector) with the more incorrect information as soon as possible (even over the phone) to ensure electors cannot vote twice.

Why does this most commonly happen? Our experience with duplicates tells us that often one of the duplicate PIN Letters is usually not associated with any birthdate information in our Voters’ List software. If this is the case, the elector would not be able to vote with duplicate PIN, as all electors must enter a valid year of birth to vote (the voting system will not allow someone to leave the year of birth blank for security purposes). So even if someone receives two Voting PIN letters, they likely won't be able to vote with one of them, until they call the Elections Office.

What happens if I am able to vote twice using two Kawartha Lakes PIN Letters? All electors when voting must accept the oath that states in part: “Section 89 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as amended, provides that a person is guilty of an offence and liable, on conviction, to a fine of not more than $25,000, if they…votes more times than this Act allows;”. If an elector votes twice in Kawartha Lakes with either a duplicate Voting PIN Letter, or any another Voting PIN Letter, they are violating the Municipal Elections Act.

Someone moved away that received a PIN Letter: Electors who received Voting PIN letters from family members who have moved away should be advised to send the letters back in the mail “Return to Sender-Moved”.

Will there be advance voting?

Technically, our entire election is advance voting. You will have 10 days to vote by Internet-Telephone from Friday, October 14, 2022 at 9:00am to Monday, October 24, 2022 at 8pm.

Electors may cast their electronic and telephone votes anytime of the day during the voting period.

Who can vote in municipal elections?

You can vote in municipal elections (or be an eligible elector) if, on voting day, you are

  • A resident of Kawartha Lakes, or an owner or tenant of land in Kawartha Lakes, or the spouse of such an owner or tenant;
  • A Canadian citizen;
  • At least 18 years old;  and
  • Not prohibited from voting by law.

If you are not a resident in Kawartha Lakes, to vote for a School Board Trustee, you must be:

  • An owner or tenant of residential property in the area of jurisdiction of the school board, who does not support any other school board.  If you are not sure which board you support, this information can be found on the voters’ list which is available in September.

One way to see if you can vote is to check the Voters' List.

Am I prohibited by law from voting?

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 for an election held within 5 years of voting day

What offices will the Kawartha Lakes electors be voting for?

Kawartha Lakes Council:

  • Mayor  - elected at-large by all electors in Kawartha Lakes
  • Councillor - eight Councillors to be elected, one from each of the new 8 wards.

English Language School Boards

  • Trillium Lakelands District School Board (English-Public). Five trustees to be elected, one from each of the following geographic areas within the City of Kawartha Lakes:
    • One trustee to represent Wards 1 and 4
    • One trustee to represent Wards 2 and 3
    • One trustee to represent Ward 5
    • One trustee to represent Wards 6 and 
    • One trustee to represent Ward 7
    • Nominations for the above offices are to be filed in person, or by an agent, with the Clerk of the City of Kawartha Lakes, at City Hall, 26 Francis Street, Lindsay, Ontario.
  • Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board (English-Separate)
    • One trustee to be elected at-large to represent the geographical area of the City of Kawartha Lake
    • Nominations for the above office are to be filed in person, or by an agent, with the Clerk of the City of Kawartha Lakes, at City Hall, 26 Francis Street, Lindsay, Ontario.

French Language School Boards

  • Conseil scolaire Viamonde (French-Public)
    • One trustee to be elected to represent Sector 1 – Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, Northumberland, Peterborough, and Durham
    • Nominations for the above office are to be filed in person, or by an agent, with the Clerk of the City of Oshawa, 50 Centre Street South, Oshawa, Ontario, or with a delegated Clerk.
  • Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir (French-Separate)
    • One trustee to be elected to represent Region 11 – Kawartha Lakes, Durham, Northumberland, Peterborough, Quinte West
    • Nominations for the above office are to be filed in person, or by an agent, with the Clerk of the City of Oshawa, 50 Centre Street South, Oshawa, Ontario, or with a delegated Clerk.

Why should I vote?

Democracy is based on the fundamental right of the individual to vote.

The Kawartha Lakes Municipal Government provides you with a multitude of services that may affect your daily lives such as:

  • roads,
  • water,
  • sewer,
  • landfill,
  • fire,
  • ambulance,
  • Victoria Manor,
  • social services,
  • transit,
  • licensing,
  • parks,
  • recreation,
  • libraries,
  • planning,
  • building,
  • municipal law enforcement,
  • economic development,
  • business development,
  • agricultural development,
  • social housing, and
  • municipal airport (to just start with the services Kawartha Lakes offers). 

Voting gives you a say in how services in your community are run.

Am I registered to vote?

The Kawartha Lakes Voters’ List is compiled and supplied by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation in accordance with legislation.  It is compiled from information that they have been supplied with from various sources including returned Enumeration Forms.  A paper version of the voters’ list will be available for you to review at the Kawartha Lakes Elections Office, City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, and Municipal Service Centres in September. When the voters’ list become available, feel free to check it to ensure that your name, address and school-support designation are listed correctly.

In the mean time, you can check electronically if you're on the Voters' List, and be able to register online if you're not.

How do I add my name or amend my personal information on the voters’ list?

Everyone can check to see if they are on the Voters' List now using the online tool.

Starting in September 2022, you will have an opportunity view the paper list and add or change your personal information on the voters’ list.  To do so, you can:

By Phone:

Contact either the Elections Office at 705-324-9411 or any of the Municipal Centres.  Provide us with your name and address, and we will send you an Application to Add or Amend the Voters’ List form.

In Person:

You can also pick up a copy of the form at the Elections Office, or at any of the Municipal Service Centres.

You can also download a copy of the form from the City’s website.  Just print off the form, fill in all the blanks, sign it and mail or deliver it back to us.  We will add your name to the voters’ list or amend your information.

Note:  We encourage you to get any required changes to us as soon as possible so that we can make sure your name and correct personal information gets on the final, printed version of the voters’ list and so you will receive your Voting PIN Letter with the initial mailing and avoid delays in receiving your kit.

If I own more than one property in Kawartha Lakes, can I vote more than once?

No. You can vote only once for the offices of Mayor, Councillor and School Board Trustee. Your qualifying address, where your name will be on the voters’ list, will be determined by your primary residence.

If I own property in Kawartha Lakes and in other Ontario municipalities, can I vote more than once?

Yes. Qualified electors may vote in each municipality in Ontario that they qualify as an elector.
Because of this, you may receive a second Electronic Voting PIN or Mail-In voting kit if you own or rent property in another municipality and they are mailing out voting kits to eligible voters as well. You can participate in that election as well if you satisfy the voting requirements for that municipality.

Can I vote in multiple Municipal Elections?

Yes. Qualified electors may vote in multiple municipal elections in Ontario as either a Resident Elector, Non-Resident Elector, or Spouse of a Non-Resident Elector. A person is only allowed to have one residence, but may be eligible to vote in another municipality as a non-resident elector.

Can post-secondary students vote in Municipal Elections?

Yes. Students can vote in the municipality where they attend school, and they can vote in the municipality where they live. A person may have residences in two local municipalities at the same time if the person lives in one of the local municipalities in order to attend an education institution but not with the intention of changing his or her permanent lodging place, and the person’s permanent lodging place is in the other local municipality.

Can a person who owns a Trailer in a Campground or a Time Share vote in a Municipal Election?

Trailer owners in campgrounds are tenants of the campground; therefore they are potentially eligible. Under a timeshare contract, to be eligible, the person must be able to prove that they are entitled to use the land in Kawartha Lakes on Election Day (October 22), or for a period of six weeks or more during the calendar year in which the election is held.

Can a person who is homeless or who has no fixed address vote?

Yes. Eligible voters who are homeless, or without a permanent home or fixed address, can vote. Their qualifying address will be determined by the place of which they most frequently returned to sleep or eat during the five weeks prior to the election, since this is considered to be their residence; or where they returned to sleep, if they returned with equal frequency to one place to sleep and another to eat.

Can someone else vote on my behalf?

No. You must complete the voting by either Telephone or Internet on your own. You may offer assistance to friends and family, with their permission, but ultimately the secrecy of the ballot is paramount, and you must not interfere with the voting process. Voting assistance will be available during the voting period at Municipal Service Centres and Kawartha Lakes Library locations during regular office hours.

Note: It is an offence to utilize a PIN number of another individual, and thereby vote multiple times.

Will I be notified of where and when to vote?

Yes. All electors on the Voters' List will be mailed a Voting PIN Letter that will arrive in late September/early October. Electors will be able to cast their ballots from anywhere in the world with a telephone or internet connection between 9:00 am on October 14, and 8:00 pm on October 24.

Electors not receiving a Voting PIN Letter by early October should contact the Elections Office, or a Municipal Service Centre.

Electors requiring assistance may visit City Hall, a Municipal Service Centre or a Kawartha Lakes Library branch during regular office hours to receive assistance.

Can I get a copy of the voters’ list?

No. Under Ontario’s Municipal Elections Act, the City Clerk can only provide copies of the voters’ list to candidates, MPs, and MPPs. However, you can review the list at the Elections Office or any of the Municipal Service Centres. You cannot use the voters’ list to obtain information on other electors.

You can however check your information online on the Voters' List webpage.

Who are the candidates?

Scroll up on this page, and you'll find our List of Certified Candidates as they register.

You can view the most current list of candidates for the offices of Mayor, Councillor and School Board Trustee on this page (just above this FAQ section), and posted in City Hall at 26 Francis Street, Lindsay, as well as various Kawartha Lakes Municipal Service Centre and Library locations.

How can I get in touch with a candidate, or find out about their election platform?

The List of Certified Candidates with their contact information is located just above this FAQ section. At their direction, candidates may supply an address, phone number, or an email to be posted on the City's website. To find out about a candidate’s platform, you must contact the candidate or his or her campaign headquarters directly.

How much can I donate to a candidate or third party advertiser?

The maximum allowable donation to any one candidate or third party advertiser is $1,200. Any donation above $25 must not be made in cash. Donations above $100 must be recorded on the Candidate's Financial Statement that will be made public on the City's website following the election. Corporations and Trade Unions may not donate to Candidate campaigns, however may donate to registered Third Party Advertisers.

Contributors are not allowed to make contributions exceeding a total of $5,000 to two or more candidates for office on City Council or local school board.

How can I provide feedback on accessibility?

Anyone who wants to provide feedback on the accessibility of the campaign may complete the Accessibility Feedback Form online, or in person when the Voting Help Centres are opened.

Where can I get election results?

At the close of voting on October 24 at 8pm, the totals will be electronically tabulated by a central computer and compiled. These results will then be displayed at City Hall, and on the City’s website.

It is anticipated that 100% of the results will be reported all at one time.

Is the use of the City logo in candidate's campaign material an endorsement?

No, the use of the City logo is not an endorsement of a candidate. The City of Kawartha Lakes does not endorse any candidate or third party advertiser.

The use of a City logo (past or present) is prohibited under the City's Use of Corporate Resources for Election Purposes Policy.

All other groups wishing to use the City logo in a publication should contact the City Communications division.

Who can I talk to if I have additional questions?

Contact our Elections Help Desk located at City Hall (26 Francis Street, Lindsay), and give us a call 705-324-9411 ext. 1888.

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