Published on September 10th, 2018 | by Raymond Chan
What You Need to Know about the Upcoming Municipal Election.
The upcoming municipal election is being held on Monday, October 22, 2018. Municipal elections in Ontario occur every four years and is an opportunity for residents across Ontario to vote for candidates vying to become Mayor, Reeve, Warden, City Councillors and School Board Trustees in their communities.
Municipal governments and school boards provide services and programs that affect our everyday lives. Everything from the maintenance of roadways, the access to drinking water, collection of garbage, transit, delivery of recreational programs and after school activities are all done at the municipal level.
CAA Advocacy Efforts at the Municipal Level.
Casting your ballot in the upcoming municipal election provides you with a voice on how you want your community to be governed. The leaders you elect to represent you at the municipal level will make decisions that affects the quality of life for all those in the community.
In a recent survey conducted by CAA among its Members, it was found that members are very engaged in municipal issues, and care a great deal about the resources in their communities. 93 percent of members surveyed perceived road infrastructure to be the top priority for communities, while 82 percent cited pedestrian and road safety as a concern.
The CAA Government and Community Relations team maintains on going conversations with government representatives on issues that matter most to our members. CAA also participates in annual conferences such as the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) where both municipal and provincial leaders gather and has been an opportunity to highlight topics such as municipal towing regulations and distracted driving.
On-going and notable campaigns like the CAA Worst Roads, Watch for Bikes and School Safety Patrol to name a few, are some of the ways in which CAA helps to ensure communities remain safe for everyone, no matter your mode of transportation.
What You Will Need in Order to Vote.
If you are eligible to vote, there a few things you should know before election day. First you should check to ensure sure you are on the voters’ list as an elector. By going to www.voterlookup.ca you can determine your eligibility as well as verify your personal information.
On election day you will be required to bring identification, something with your name and address on it in order to cast your ballot. You can refer to Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for a list of acceptable documents for voter identification.
Leading up to the election, take some time to familiarize yourself with local candidates, their platforms and commitments in order to make an informed decision.
Many municipalities offer alternative voting methods such as by proxy or internet if you are unable to make it to the polls on October 22, 2018. Voter cards are mailed prior to election day and more resources can be found by contacting your local municipality.
Voting ensures that your voice is heard for the community that you reside in, make it count!
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