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    Voter Information

    Exercise your right to vote. Have your say about the Municipality of Leamington’s future.

    Am I On The Voters' List? 

    The Voters’ List is a list of eligible electors in the Municipality of Leamington. During an election cycle, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for preparing the preliminary list of electors for each municipality and school board in Ontario. It is MPAC’s Municipal Property Assessment database of property owners and tenants that is used to prepare this preliminary list, which aids in the preparation of the final Voters’ List for Election Day.

    It is important to check to see if your voter information is correct, especially if you have moved or changed your name since the last election. Even if you have recently voted in the provincial election, we encourage you to ensure that the Municipality of Leamington has the right voter information for you. Being on the Municipality of Leamington Voters’ List means that you will receive a Voter Information Letter with voting instructions.

    Am I an Eligible Voter? 
     To vote in the municipal election, you must be a qualified elector.  That means you must be:
    • a resident of the Municipality of Leamington or a non-resident owner or tenant of lands in Leamington or the spouse of such non-resident owner or tenant; 
    • a Canadian citizen;
    • at least 18 years of age; and
    • not prohibited from voting by law

    The following individuals are prohibited from voting:

    • any person who is not qualified;
    • a person who is serving a sentence or imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution;
    • a corporation;
    • a person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity;
    • a person who has been convicted of corrupt practices under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 if voting day in the current election is less than five years after voting day in the election in respect of which he or she was convicted; or
    • anyone who is prohibited by law from voting
    How Do I Check If I am on the Voters' List? 

    You can contact the Municipality to check if you are on the Voters' List, by emailing the Clerk's office or by calling the Municipality of Leamington Election hotline at 1-833-326-5761.

    Election officials will also be at the following locations in order to help voters check if they are on the Voters' List:

    Date/Time Location

    Thursday, September 13, 2018 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

    Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex 249 Sherk Street

    Monday, September 17, 2018 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

    Real Canadian Superstore 201 Talbot Street East

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

    Walmart Leamington Supercentre 304 Erie Street South

    Wednesday, September 19, 2018 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

    Real Canadian Superstore 201 Talbot Street East

    Thursday, September 20, 2018 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

    Walmart Leamington Supercentre 304 Erie Street South

     

    How Do I Correct Information on The Voters' List? 
    In order for your name to appear on the final election day Voters’ List, you must submit an Application to Amend the Voters' List. This application form can be submitted to the Municipality up to and including Voting Day (October 22). Please note that this form must be submitted in person and requires an original signature as well as identification. 
    How Do I Vote? 

    Voting will be conducted by internet and telephone between Friday, October 12, 2018 at 8:30 AM and Monday, October 22, 2018 at 8:00 PM. 

    Every elector on the Voters' List will receive a Voter Information Letter with voting instructions and a Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you receive more than one PIN it is because your name appeared on the Voters' List more than once. This rare situation may occur if you have recently moved and are enumerated in both locations or you own property and are the registered resident at both location. You are only permitted to vote once in a municipality and you should only cast a vote using the PIN associated with your primary place of residence. Notify the Election Official of the additional PIN and they will disable this PIN, rendering it unusable for the election. 

    Potential Canada Post Strike

    The earliest legislated date for the potential postal strike is scheduled to begin on September 26, 2018. In order to ensure delivery of the Voter Information Letters before this date, the Voter Information Letter will be delivered to Canada Post before any work stoppage. This should provide ample time for electors to receive their voting information. If you do not receive your Voter Information Letter by September 26, 2018, please contact us at 1-833-326-5761.

    Internet/Telephone Voting Security

    When securing a company to provide telephone and internet voting, security was one of the main priorities of the Municipality. Intelivote Inc. scored the highest out of the companies that submitted proposals in the technical/security area. Intelivote Systems Inc. is a technological company based in Canada that is recognized as the Canadian eVoting leader in internet and telephone voting who began providing election services in 2006.

     Where does my vote go?
    The integrity of the election and the secrecy of each elector’s vote is paramount. The Intelivote system's security ensures that every voter's voting experience is both secret and secure.  Similar to paper voting, the electronic voting process disassociates the voter's identity from the ballot when it is cast ("deposited" into the system).  The system takes the encrypted ballot information from the voter’s computer or phone vote and creates a voter receipt similar to the ballot receipt detached from a paper ballot when it is marked and returned to the voting official in paper voting. The encrypted ballot is randomly inserted into the "electronic ballot box" severing the relationship between the voter and the ballot, and the receipt is the mechanism that ensures the ballot was successfully recorded in the system.  This combination of processes coupled with the security of the system results in the trusted and secure status of the system.
     How are security issues addressed for internet/telephone voting in a municipal election?
     Security measures include the following:

     

    • Working in conjunction with internet voting experts (vendor), procedures are established by the Municipality to address, mitigate, and in some cases eliminate, potential risks by employing both technical and process related security measures designed to support system administration and control user access.
    • The transmission of data over the internet along with the selections made by the voter are all encrypted for security reasons. Invelivote’s system and data are hosted in a Bell Canada data centre which provides highly secure infrastructure and ensures the highest levels of availability and reliability. Bell Canada hosts some of the most sensitive government and financial systems running in Canada.
    • Technological advances in protective measures such as firewalling (a part of a computer system or network that is designed to block unauthorized access while permitting outward communication), and user authentication techniques (required passwords, etc.), all decrease the likelihood and effectiveness of these threats.
    • Proper testing and auditing throughout the various implementation phases also serves to protect the voting system from external threats.
    • Validating the identification of voters is a concern voiced by some with regard to internet voting. To respond, internet voting includes voter authentication practices which can be customized to include personalized security questions and/or unique identification codes (Voter IDs and PINs). The Municipality of Leamington requires that voters provide an additional verification along with the provided voter ID and PIN. This step helps alleviate concerns associated with the risk of an individual obtaining a Voter Information Letter intended for another elector.
    • Only electors on the Voters’ List receive credentials in the mail which will be used to vote online. As with past practices, electors must complete a form and/or provide identification to be added to the Voters’ List.
     What other municipalities use internet/telephone voting? 
    97 Ontario municipalities used internet/telephone voting in 2014, and 194 will be using the method in 2018, (including 101 Intelivote clients) out of 440 municipalities. This includes the Municipality of Leamington, Town of LaSalle and Town of Tecumseh.

     

    Large municipalities using the process include Halifax, Honolulu, HI, Greater Sudbury, Chatham-Kent, Burlington, and Brantford. Municipalities offering internet/telephone only include Sarnia, Ajax, Stratford, and Newmarket.

     

    Intelivote nor any other eVoting provider in Canada has ever had a penetration into their system that resulted in a contravened election. The industry keeps an open communication between all the suppliers when it comes to attempts on their technology and shares this type of information.

     Is there a plan in place in case something goes wrong with electronic voting methods? 
    The Clerk has the ability to declare an emergency under Section 53 of the Municipal Elections Act if they are of the opinion that circumstances are likely to prevent the election from being carried out in accordance with the legislation. Procedures have been developed by the Clerk’s Department in regard to emergencies. These procedures require the Clerk to post notice of the emergency on the municipal website, social media, radio, and television to advise the public if the election has been delayed. 
     What happens if someone votes and they are not entitled to?
    Sections 89 and 90 of the Municipal Elections Act provides for penalties and enforcement of corrupt practices and other offences during an election process including fines and/or imprisonment for voting without being entitled to do so; voting more times than allowed under the Act; and inducing or procuring a person to vote when that person is not entitled to do so. In addition to the Elections Act fines and penalties, mail tampering is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. Opening another person’s mail is illegal. It is also illegal to represent yourself as an eligible elector when you are not and vote, or represent yourself as another person and steal their right to vote. All of these acts carry serious penalties, as defined by law.  All complaints about actions which may contravene the provisions of the Municipal Elections Act, either verbally or written, will be investigated by the Clerk.  All valid complaints, once investigated to the extent and knowledge of the Clerk, will be submitted to the local detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police to determine if an individual(s) will be prosecuted.  

     

     
     Voting Procedures 

    The documents below have been created to provide additional information on telephone and internet procedures. Please note that these are living documents and may be updated from time to time. 

     Instructional Videos 

    Internet Voting - English

    Internet Voting - French

    Telephone Voting - English

    Telephone Voting - French

     Where Do I Vote?

    As an eligible voter in Leamington, you have the option to cast your vote by internet or by phone from any location.

    Election Flyer - English

    Election Flyer - Low German

    Election Flyer - Spanish

     Voter Help Centres 

     

    Date Leamington Municipal Office 111 Erie Street North Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex 249 Sherk Street
    Friday October 12 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM  
    Monday October 15 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Tuesday October 16 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Wednesday October 17 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Thursday October 18 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Friday October 19 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Saturday October 20 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM  
    Sunday October 21 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM  
    Monday October 22  8:30 AM to 8:00 PM  
     Accessibility 
    One of the most important mandates of the Clerk’s Office is to ensure that elections are accessible to all. The 2018 Election Accessibility Plan supports and strengthens the Municipality’s commitment to the needs of persons with disabilities.  As a living document, the Plan will be updated as information becomes available.
     List of Candidates 
    Candidate Debates

    Tuesday September 25, 2018 

    Roma Club of Leamington 

    Moderator: Corey Robertson 

    • 6:00PM Meet & Greet
    • 6:30PM Candidates Debate
    • Deputy Mayors Debate will follow candidate debate
    • Mayors Debate will follow Deputy Mayor Debate

     For more information, please visit: Leamington Chamber of Commerce website.  

    Friday October 12, 2018 

    Best Western Plus

    Moderator: Corey Robertson

    • 7:30 AM Breakfast
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Mayoral Debate
    • Cost: $20 plus tax for Chamber Members, $30 plus tax for future Chamber Members

    For more information, see Event Flyer or please visit: Leamington Chamber of Commerce website.  

    Tuesday October 16, 2018 

    Leamington & District Half Century Centre

    • 12:45 PM Candidates will each have a few opening remarks, followed by questions from the audience

    For more information, see Event Flyer or call Leamington & District Half Century Club at 519-326-2521.  

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