Information for Voters

The Township of Montague will be conducting an election using Internet and Telephone voting methods. Voters in Montague will be able to cast a ballot using either method. There will be no paper ballots. 

A Voter Information Letter will be mailed directly to electors in the month of October, providing a voter with a PIN which will allow individuals to vote 24 hours a day for 8 days (October 15 - 22), from any telephone or any device connected to the internet. 

WHO CAN VOTE?

You are entitled to vote in the Township of Montague if, on Voting Day (October 22, 2018), you:

  • reside in the local municipality or is the owner or tenant of land in the local municipality, or the spouse of such owner or tenant;
  • are a Canadian citizen,
  • are at least 18 years old; and
  • are not prohibited from voting under subsection 17(3) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 or otherwise, by law

You may only vote once in the Township of Montague election regardless of the number of properties you own in the Township. An owner or tenant of non-residential property may not vote in the School board election. 

You cannot vote in the Township of Montague if you are: 

  • a person who is serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution
  • a corporation
  • a person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity, except as a voting proxy in accordance with section 44
  • a person who was convicted of the corrupt practice described in subsection 90 (3), 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

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.

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS

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:

English-language 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 language 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 language 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 language separate school board

You must be a Roman Catholic and a French language rights holder, and you must be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French separate school board. If your spouse is a Roman Catholic and you are not, you are not eligible. 

"Supporter" refers to which school board the school portion of your property taxes goes to. The default is the public school system. 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. 

VOTERS LIST

In order to vote, you must be on the voters list. 

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 both 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. Prior to the distribution of the Preliminary List of Electors, MPAC is responsible for maintaining the list.  If you are interested in checking your information with MPAC we encourage you to contact them directly:

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC)
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1-866-296-6722

Once municipalities have the preliminary list of electors, the revision period begins and electors may add their name or make changes directly with the municipality. To do this, you can visit the Township Office with the correct identification at the following address:

6547 Roger Stevens Drive, Smiths Falls, Ontario, K7A 4W6

Monday-Friday - 9:00am-4:30pm

October 22nd, 2018 from 9:00am-8:00pm. 

OFFICES TO BE ELECTED

In this election, members will be elected for a 4 year period beginning December 1, 2018 and ending November 30, 2022 for the following offices:

Township Council:

  • Reeve (one is elected by all electors of the municipality)  
  • Deputy Reeve (one is elected by all electors of the municipality)  
  • Councillors (3 to be elected by all 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)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing - Voters' Guide (coming in April)
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing - Municipal Elections