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The Township of Wainfleet will be holding the 2018 Municipal Election on Monday, October 22, 2018. As in 2014, the election will be conducted through Vote-by-Mail and there will be no advance polls or proxy voting with our Vote-by-Mail Election.

BALLOT KITS HAVE BEEN MAILED

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, Vote-by-Mail Ballot Kits were mailed to all eligible electors on the Voters’ List. Completed Ballot Kits must be returned by electors to the Township Offices by 8:00 pm on Monday, October 22, 2018.

In order to ensure that ballots are returned in time to be counted on Voting Day, electors are asked to please place completed Ballot Kits in the return mail by Thursday, October 11, 2018.

IF there is a mail strike, we ask that electors DO NOT place their completed Ballot Kit in the mail. INSTEAD, please deliver them directly to the Township of Wainfleet Offices located at 31940 Highway 3, Wainfleet.

You don’t have to wait until Voting Day! Completed Ballot Kits may be personally delivered directly to the Township Offices anytime the offices are open (8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday) or in the after-hours mail drop box located at our front door.  It doesn’t hurt to return your completed Ballot Kits early! And by personally delivering your completed kit - you can be assured that your vote will be counted.

Voting Day Special Ballot Drop-off Location

On Voting Day (Monday, October 22, 2018) only, completed Ballot Kits may also be returned to the Moore Room in the Wainfleet Arena, 31917 Park Street, from 10:00 am until the close of voting at 8:00 pm.

What If I Don’t Get a Ballot?

If an eligible elector has not received their Vote-by-Mail Ballot Kit by Wednesday, October 3, 2018, please contact the Clerk’s Department at (905) 899-3463, ext. 275, to make arrangements to get a kit.

What if I Get a Ballot for Someone Not at my Address?

If you receive a Vote-by-Mail Ballot Kit at your residence for someone who should not be there, please do not open the kit.  It is actually a serious offense under the Criminal Code of Canada to open or use a ballot kit if you are not the intended addressee.  Instead, simply write “RETURN” on the outside of the envelope and return it to the Township Offices at your earliest convenience. The information that we use for our Voters’ List is provided to us by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. For persons wishing to remove occupant names that should no longer be associated with a property/unit, please contact the MPAC Customer Contact Centre:

Toll Free: 1-866-296-6722
TTY: 1-877-889-6722
Monday to Friday – 8 am to 5 pm

Instructions for Completing Your Ballot Kit

For instructions on how to complete your return ballot package, view Online Video: Instructions for Completing Your Return Ballot Package here.

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NOTE:  Every returned Ballot must be accompanied by a signed voter Declaration Form.  An unsigned or missing Declaration Form will result in a spolied/rejected ballot.  MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT!  Return your Ballot (sealed in the provided Secrecy Envelope) along with your signed voter Declaration Form to the Township by 8:00 pm on October 22, 2018.

IF there is a mail strike, we ask that electors DO NOT place their completed Ballot Kit in the mail. INSTEAD, please deliver them directly to the Township of Wainfleet Offices located at 31940 Highway 3, Wainfleet.

You don’t have to wait until Voting Day! Completed Ballot Kits may be personally delivered directly to the Township Offices anytime the offices are open (8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday) or in the after-hours mail drop box located at our front door.  It doesn’t hurt to return your completed Ballot Kits early! And by personally delivering your completed kit - you can be assured that your vote will be counted.

Why are we using Vote-by-Mail?
  • Ease and convenience for voters—you can vote in the comfort of your home and on your own time.
  • It is an accessible way to vote for people with mobility issues.
  • You can vote even if you are away on Election Day.
  • The Township of Wainfleet, along with many Ontario municipalities successfully conducted their municipal elections in 2014 using Vote-by-Mail.
Is Vote-by-Mail secure?

Vote-by-Mail is a double envelope system that protects the confidentiality of the voter.  Just like your other bills and payments, your completed Ballot Kits (in sealed return envelopes) are processed through the Canada Post mail delivery network. When completed Ballot Kits are delivered to us, election staff use the signed voter declarations within the return envelopes to strike voters off the list as having voted. Sealed ballot secrecy envelopes are not opened though – they are separated from the voter declarations and securely stored until Voting Day, when the ballot secrecy envelopes will finally be opened and all ballot counting occurs. The privacy of your vote is assured. It is against the law to vote more than once for any elected office within the same municipality or school board.