Information for Voters

The upcoming Municipal & School Board Election to elect a Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councillors and School Board Trustees will be held in October 2022. Municipality of Meaford will be voting in-person or by mail.

Am I on the Voters' List?

To you find out if you are on the Voters' List, call 519-538-1060 ext. 1100.


If you know that you are not on the Voters' List, for example if you have recently moved to a new address, you can add yourself by doing the following:

  1. Print and complete Form MEL02 "Application to Amend the Voters' List"
  2. Bring your completed Form MEL02 and one piece of acceptable identification, in person, to either:
  • The Municipal Administration Office, located at 21 Trowbridge St. W., during regular business hours; or
  • Any advance or regular polling location.

I want to Vote in Person

In-person voting will take place at advance polls and on election day.

Each eligible elector will receive a polling card by mail. 

When you go to vote, please bring identification with you, such as your polling card and another item from this list of acceptable identification.

 

Election Day - Monday, October 24, 2022

Polls will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on election day, October 24. Choose to vote at any of the following locations:

  • Meaford Hall (12 Nelson Street East, Meaford)
  • Bognor Community Hall (597353 Grey Road 29, Bognor)
  • Woodford Hall (107 Woodford Crescent, Owen Sound)
  • Trinity United Church (303234 Sideroad 33, Annan)
  • Meaford and St. Vincent Community Centre (151 Collingwood Street, Meaford)

Advance Polls

There are five advance poll dates to choose from:

  • Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Meaford Hall (12 Nelson Street East, Meaford)
  • Sunday, October 9, 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Bognor Community Hall (597353 Grey Road 29, Bognor)
  • Saturday, October 15, 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Woodford Hall (107 Woodford Crescent, Owen Sound)
  • Sunday, October 16, 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Meaford Hall (12 Nelson Street East, Meaford)
  • Wednesday, October 19, 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Meaford Hall (12 Nelson Street East, Meaford) 

I want to Vote by Mail

The deadline to register to vote by mail has now passed.

Voters who have registered to vote by mail and have received a confirmation letter will receive their vote by mail kit, by regular mail, in early October.

If you have questions about you vote by mail registration, please e-mail elections@meaford.ca or call 519-538-1060 ext. 1100. 

Who can Vote?

 Any person who meets the following qualifications is eligible to vote:
  • Is a Canadian citizen;
  • Is at least 18 years old on election day;
  • Resides in the municipality or is the owner or tenant of land in the local municipality, or the spouse of such a person.  For School Boards, you must reside in the area of jurisdiction of the Board and can only vote once in the jurisdiction area of the Board.
  • Any person not prohibited by law from voting.

The following are not entitled to vote:

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 prohibits the following individuals from voting:

  • Any person who is not a qualified voter, and;
  • A person who is serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution;
  • A corporation;
  • A person acting as executor or trustee;
  • A person who has been convicted of corrupt practices under the Municipal Elections Act (1996) in the last four years;
  • Anyone who is prohibited by law from voting.

I am a Student, can I Vote?

  • 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.

Voting for School Support

MPAC maintains school support information for every property in Ontario as required by section 14(1.1) of the Assessment Act. School support information is included on every Property Assessment Notice.

It is not necessary for a property owner or tenant to have children in order to support a particular school board or to vote for its trustees.  However, section 16(4) of the Assessment Act requires that the school support designation default to English-Public unless the owner or tenant advises MPAC otherwise.

The following is a list of the School Boards for which qualified electors will be entitled to vote unless there are acclamations.  Non-resident electors will be entitled to vote for school boards if their qualifying property is residential.  Non-residential commercial or industrial property electors are not eligible to vote for school boards but are entitled to vote for other municipal officers or questions.

  • Bluewater District School Board (English public)
  • Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board (English separate)
  • Conseil scolaire Viamonde (French public)
  • Conseil scolaire catholique Providence (French separate)

Changing Support

As required by section 16(3) of the Assessment Act, changes to school support designation must be made in writing. The property owner or tenant must complete an Application for Direction of School Support form which can be obtained from the local school board office. 

Once the Application for Direction of School Support has been completed and signed, it can be returned to MPAC:

MPAC

P.O. Box 9808

Toronto ON  M1S 5T9

MPAC staff will process the school support designation change upon receipt.

For questions relating to school support, contact MPAC directly at 1-866-296-MPAC (6722).

Be sure to check this page often for all updates and information regarding the 2022 Municipal & School Board Elections.  If you have any questions or have any comments about the election, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of the Clerk:

Matt Smith, Clerk
519-538-1060 ext. 1115
elections@meaford.ca

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