Information for Voters
Electors in the Town of Smiths Falls will be voting electronically in the 2022 Municipal Election, by internet or telephone. There will be no paper ballot.
WHO CAN VOTE
You can vote in the Smiths Falls municipal election if you are:
- a Canadian Citizen; and
- at least 18 years old; and
- a resident in the Town of Smiths Falls; or
- a non-resident of the Town of Smiths Falls but you or your spouse own or rent property in the Town; and
- are not prohibited from voting under any law.
You may only vote once in the Town’s municipal election regardless of how many properties you own or rent in the town.
An owner or tenant of non-residential property, or his or her spouse, is not eligible to vote for School Board Trustee.
There is a special rule for students who may be living away from home while they attend school. If you are a student and consider your “home” to be the place where you live when you are not attending school, which means you plan on returning there, then you are eligible to vote in both your “home” municipality and in the municipality where you currently live while attending school.
WHO CANNOT VOTE
You cannot vote on voting day if you are:
- a person serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution; or
- a corporation; or
- a person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity; or
- a person convicted of a corrupt practice for an election held within four years of voting day.
WHO CAN VOTE IN A SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION?
In order to vote in a school board election you must be 18 years of age or older, and a Canadian citizen. If you are a resident of the Township, you are eligible to vote for school board trustees. If you are the owner or tenant (or spouse of an owner of tenant) of residential property in the Township, you are eligible to vote for school trustees. You are only allowed to vote for the same school board once.
If you are eligible to vote in a municipality because you are the owner or tenant (or spouse of an owner or tenant) of a commercial property there, you are not eligible to vote for a school trustee.
There are four different kinds of school boards in Ontario.
“Supporter” refers to which school board the school portion of your property taxes goes to. The default is the public school system.
English Public School Board
This is the default – unless you are qualified to vote for a separate or French board, you will vote for the English public school board in your area.
English Separate School Board
You must be Roman Catholic, and you must be a separate school board supporter or the spouse of a separate school board supporter. If your spouse is a Roman Catholic and you are not, you are not eligible.
French Public School Board
You must be a French language rights holder, and you must be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French language public school board.
French Separate School Board
In order to be a separate school supporter you must direct your taxes to the separate school system.
Contact the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (1-866-296-6722) for more information.
In order to receive voting information and to be able to vote you must be on the Voter’s List. Since there are eligibility requirements to be able to vote, the Town cannot add someone to the list without them declaring that they meet the following requirements:
A person is entitled to vote in the Municipal Election if on Voting Day he or she,
- resides in the local municipality, or is the owner or tenant of land in the local municipality, or the spouse of such owner or tenant;
- is a Canadian citizen;
- is at least 18 years old; and
- is not prohibited from voting under subsection 17(3) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996or otherwise, by law.
If you are eligible to vote in 2022, please fill out, sign and return the EL15 form and provide a photocopy of your driver’s licence. One form for every eligible voter must be submitted.
OFFICES TO BE ELECTED
Members will be elected for a 4-year period.
In the 2022 election, members will be elected for a 4 year period beginning November 15, 2022 and ending November 14, 2026 for the following offices:
- Mayor (one is elected by electors of the municipality)
- Councillors (six to be elected at large by electors of the municipality )
School Board Trustees:
- English District School Board (one to be elected by public school electors of the municipality)
- English District Separate School Board (one to be elected by separate school electors of the municipality)
- French Language District School Board (one to be elected by French language separate school electors)
- French Language District Separate School Board (one to be elected by French language electors within the municipality)
Link to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing / Municipal Elections https://www.ontario.ca/page/municipal-elections