Voter Frequently Asked Questions

When are the 2014 municipal elections?
Will there be advance voting?
Who can vote in municipal elections?
I am a student temporarily living in Ottawa while I go to school.  Am I allowed to vote? 
What offices will the City’s electors be voting for?
Will I be required to show identification in order to vote?
Why should I vote?
Am I registered to vote?
If I own more than one property in Ottawa, can I vote more than once?
Can a person who is homeless or who has no fixed address vote?
Can someone else vote on my behalf?
Will I be notified of where and when to vote?
Can I get a copy of the Voters’ List?
What school board zone do I live in?
Who are the candidates?
How can I get in touch with a candidate, or find out about their election platform?
Where can I get election results?
Need more information?

 

When are the 2014 municipal elections?

The 2014 municipal elections are being held on Monday, October 27, 2014. You can cast your ballot between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Voting Day. 

Will there be advance voting?

If you are going to be out of town or it’s more convenient to vote on another day, you will be able to do so on Advance Voting Days. 

  • Special Advance Voting
    • Wednesday, October 1, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.;
    • Thursday, October 2, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and
    • Friday, October 3, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Traditional Advance Vote Days
    • Advance Vote Day 1
      • Thursday, October 9, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Advance Vote Day 2
      • Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Who can vote in municipal elections?

You can vote in municipal elections (or be an eligible elector) if, on Voting Day, you are:

  • a resident of the City of Ottawa, or an owner or tenant of land in the City of Ottawa, or the spouse of such an owner or tenant;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • at least 18 years old; and
  • not prohibited from voting by law.

 If you are not a resident in the City of Ottawa, to vote for a school board Trustee, you must be:

  • an owner or tenant of residential property in the area of jurisdiction of the school board, who does not support any other school board. If you are not sure which board you support, this information can be found on the Voters’ List. 

I am a student temporarily living in Ottawa while I go to school.  Am I allowed to vote?  

Yes.  If you live in the City of Ottawa temporarily to attend school, you are eligible to vote in both the City of Ottawa and your “home” municipality.                                                                                                                                     

What offices will the City’s electors be voting for?

Eligible electors will be able to vote for the offices of Mayor, City Councillor and school board Trustee.

  • The Mayor is elected at large by all electors.
  • Councillors are elected by the eligible voters of each ward – one Councillor for each of Ottawa’s 23 wards.
  • school board Trustees are elected by zones, which comprise of one or more City wards. The board you are entitled to vote for is determined by your school support status, as shown on the Voters’ List. The school boards that have jurisdiction in the City of Ottawa are the:
  • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • Ottawa Catholic School Board
  • Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario
  • Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est

Will I be required to show identification in order to vote?

Yes.  All voters will be required to present a prescribed proof of identity and residence in order to receive a ballot at their voting location.  This is a requirement of the Province of Ontario.

Voters who cannot present an acceptable proof of identity and residence will have to complete an application and make a statutory declaration which may delay the voting process.

Why should I vote?

By voting for a candidate for the office of Mayor and Councillor, you are helping to set the future direction of the City of Ottawa. The City provides the day-to-day services you count on, from paramedic and police services, to clean water and parks, to transit and public libraries. City Council decides how your property tax dollars are spent and establishes the level and range of municipal services available in your community. Voting for your school board Trustee is also important. Trustees develop and implement recommendations for educational programs, budgets, facilities and property issues, policies and procedures that govern their board’s operation.

Am I registered to vote?

The City of Ottawa’s Voters’ List is compiled from information that we receive from Ontario’s Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. The Voters’ List will be available for you to review at the City of Ottawa’s Elections Office (1221 Cyrville Road, Unit B), Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Avenue West), and all Client Service Centres from Tuesday, September 2 to Monday, October 27, 2014. You should check the Voters’ List to ensure that your name, address and school-support designation are listed correctly. 

If I own more than one property in Ottawa, can I vote more than once?

No.  You can vote only once for the offices of Mayor, Councillor and school board Trustee. Your qualifying address, where your name will be on the Voters’ List, will be determined by your primary residence.

Can a person who is homeless or who has no fixed address vote?

Yes.  Eligible voters who are homeless, or without a permanent home or fixed address, can vote. Their qualifying address will be determined by the place:

  • to which they most frequently returned to sleep or eat during the five weeks prior to the election, since this is considered to be their residence; or
  • where they returned to sleep, if they returned with equal frequency to one place to sleep and another to eat.

Can someone else vote on my behalf? 

Yes.  If you are unable to vote on October 27 or on any of the Advance Vote Days, you can appoint a proxy. A proxy is a person who is an eligible voter and whom you trust to vote on your behalf. To appoint a proxy, you have to fill in an Appointment of Voting Proxy form. You can appoint a voting proxy commencing on September 12, 2014 at 2 p.m. until Monday, October 27, 2014 during regular business hours.  Your proxy must bring the form to the Elections Office, Ottawa City Hall or any Client Service Centre during regular business hours, along with proof of his or her identity, and have it certified by City staff.  In addition, a voting proxy may be appointed between noon and 5 p.m. on Advance Vote Days.  All voting proxies must be appointed before 4:30 p.m. on Voting Day. A proxy can represent multiple members of his or her immediate family, but only one individual who is not a member of his or her immediate family.

Will I be notified of where and when to vote?

Yes.  In late September, a voter notification letter will be sent to all electors present on the Voters’ List informing persons when and where they may vote. Voting places may have changed since the last election, so please check this notice carefully.

Can I get a copy of the Voters’ List?       

No. Under Ontario’s Municipal Elections Act, 1996, the City can only provide copies of the Voters’ List to candidates, Members of Parliament and Members of Provincial Parliament. However, you can review the list at the Elections Office, Ottawa City Hall and Client Service Centres.

What school board zone do I live in?

School board structures are determined and provided by the respective boards. You can find the structures on our website.  

Who are the candidates?

You can view the most current list of candidates for the offices of Mayor, City Councillor and school board Trustee on the City’s website. You can also contact the Elections Office at 613-580-2660 and we will provide you with a list of the nominated candidates.

How can I get in touch with a candidate, or find out about their election platform?

The list of candidates with their contact information is available on the City’s website. To find out about a candidate’s platform, you must contact the candidate or his or her campaign headquarters directly.

Where can I get election results?

At the close of voting on October 27, the totals from all the voting locations will be sent electronically to a central server and compiled. These results will then be displayed at Ottawa City Hall and on the City’s website. Previous Elections results are currently available.

Need more information?

Consult the 2014 Voters’ Guide created by The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MAH). This guide was created to provide voters with general information in plain language concerning the rules and constraints of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 and other legislation and regulations.

Contact the City of Ottawa’s Elections Office with your questions and inquiries, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.