The City of Mississauga will hold its municipal election on Monday, October 27. Make a plan and ensure that you know what to expect when you go to cast your vote. If it is your first time voting in a municipal election, here is what you can expect on voting day.
When you go to your polling location on Election Day, take your Voter Notification Card and acceptable Identification (ID) with you. When you get there, you will be given a ballot with three offices on it. You will have the option to vote for:
• The local Councillor in your ward,
• The local School Board Trustee of the School Board that you support (Public or Catholic), and
• The Mayor.
Every elector in the City will have the same options for Mayor, but only electors living in a ward will see the Councillor choices and Trustee choices for their ward.
Voting is easy when you get to the polling location:
• Give your identification (ID) and Voter Notification Card to an election official who will cross your name off the Voters’ List and give you a ballot and a secrecy folder.
• Go behind a voting screen.
• Mark your ballot by connecting the head and tail of the arrow pointing to the candidate of your choice.
• Place your marked ballot in the secrecy folder, and
• Go the election official who will insert your ballot into the vote tabulator (vote counting equipment).
Your vote is then recorded and counted. All vote totals are stored in the tabulator until the voting location closes. At this time, a results tape will be produced by the vote tabulator.
Voting in Canada is a safe and easy process. No one will know who you voted for. Who you vote for is up to you. Citizens are encouraged to be actively engaged in their local government elections. They determine the members of City Council and local school boards who make important decisions, including how tax dollars are spent in our community.
For more information about the 2014 municipal election, visit mississaugavotes.ca or call 905-615-VOTE. If you need information in an alternate format, please call 3-1-1. Vote! You decide what the future of your City and schools look like.