To be eligible to vote in a rural municipality, you must be:
at least 18 years old;
- a Canadian citizen;
- and qualify as one of the following:
a) a resident in the rural municipality for at least three consecutive months immediately preceding the day of the election;
b) the registered owner (or purchaser under a bona fide agreement for sale) of land in the rural municipality;
c) assessed with respect to land in the rural municipality under a lease, licence, permit, or contract in agreement with the registered owner;
d) assessed with respect to an improvement in the rural municipality;
e) hold a permit in the rural municipality with respect to a trailer or mobile home;
f) a spouse of a person mentioned in clause (b), (c), (d), or (e); or
g) the chief executive officer of a duly incorporated co-operative, corporation or religious association that is assessed on the last revised assessment roll with respect to property in the rural municipality that is not exempt from taxation.
Voting for Candidates
Reeves are elected at large by all voters, whereas councillors are elected only by voters qualifying to vote in that division. Your property tax notice contains information about the division in which you are entitled to vote.
How to Vote
You can vote at the polling station set up in your rural municipality. The Notice of Vote includes details about the location of polling places. The polling station is open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Election Day. You will be required to provide proof of identity.
Instructions on how to vote are posted at the polling station. If you need help, the Deputy Returning Officer, who gives you your ballot paper, will assist you.
The ballot(s) provided to you by election officials list the names of candidates for each office alphabetically in the order of their surnames. The candidate's occupation may be printed beneath the candidate's name.
You may vote for only one candidate for reeve and/or for a councillor in the division you are entitled to vote in by making a distinct "X" in the space following a candidate's name. The ballot is secret.
Your municipality may provide opportunities to vote at an Advance Poll. Council is required to provide the opportunity if at least five voters request the advance poll at least 30 days before Election Day.
Voting at an Advance Poll is conducted in the same manner as a regular poll. The locations and hours of all Advance Polls are listed on the Notice of Advance Poll, advertised in your municipality. This information is also available from the Returning Officer.
Voting by Mail
Your municipality may provide opportunities to vote by mail. Contact the municipal office to determine if this option is available.
Secrecy of Vote
Every election official, candidate or agent of a candidate in attendance at a polling place shall adhere to the principle of secrecy of vote and sign an oath of office.
Many of the offences related to secrecy of vote are described in sections 168 to 184 of The Local Government Election Act, 2015.
Agents and Candidates
No candidate, agent or other person shall canvass or solicit votes in a polling place or within 100 metres of the building where the poll is held when the polls are open or make any communication to a person intending to vote otherwise than through the Deputy Returning Officer.
A candidate and two of his/her agents may be at each poll with the exception of mobile polls. As well, a candidate or one of his/her agents may be present during the counting of the ballots.
Candidates or agents have the right to object to the eligibility of a voter. Any objections with respect to a voter’s eligibility are to be directed to the Deputy Returning Officer, not to the voter.