Ottawa residents will elect their new mayor, council and school board on Monday.
Eligible voters can cast their vote for their preferred candidate from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the polling station assigned to them for each office. In nursing homes and retirement homes, there may be reduced working hours.
Early voting for this year’s municipal elections resulted in a significant increase in turnout over 2018 numbers, and one expert says overall turnout could be about 20 percent higher than the city’s last election.
Election Day is also the last day voters can return their special mail-in ballots. Mail ballots must be submitted to the polling office at 1221 Cyrville Rd. or any customer service center until 4:30 p.m. to be counted.
CBC put together this guide for the October 24 vote.
Am I on the electoral roll?
Anyone who is a resident of Ottawa, is a Canadian citizen, is at least 18 years old and is not barred from voting by law is eligible to vote in Monday’s election.
Ottawa Elections Bureau sent out voting notification letters to residents who are on the electoral roll late last month.
The city says residents who haven’t received a letter should use the Am I On The Voter List tool on its website or call 311 or the polls office at 613-580-2660 to find out if they are on the list.
If you are not on the list, you can fill out an application for “supplement or change of my details in the voter list” at your polling station.
Where do I vote?
Residents must vote at their assigned polling station in the municipality in which they reside. Voters can find their assigned location using the city’s Where to Vote. tool or on their voter notification letter.
All polling stations are fully accessible, the city said. Large-print ballots, accessible voting charts and curbside voting, and other tools will be available, and Para Transpo customers can book their travel to the elections anytime between now and Monday.
Residents who are unable to come to their polling station can authorize a proxy to vote.
What do I have to bring?
All voters must present personal ID to receive a ballot.
Some acceptable forms of identification are:
- An Ontario driver’s license.
- An Ontario health card.
- A photo card from Ontario.
- A mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement relating to real estate in Ontario.
- An insurance policy or statement of insurance.
- An income tax notice.
- A statement of T4E unemployment insurance benefits paid.
- A summary of Canada Pension Plan T4A (P) benefits.
- A T4A (OAS) Old Age Security Statement.
- A property tax notice.
- A credit card statement or bank account statement.
Visit the city’s website for a full list of acceptable IDs.
Residents who are unable to produce acceptable ID must sign an affidavit at their polling station.
The city says voters can also take their voter notification letter to their polling station to expedite the process.
Additional information for voters in the 2022 Ottawa municipal election is available on the city’s website.
Mayoral candidates Nour Kadri, Bob Chiarelli, Catherine McKenney and Mark Sutcliffe will debate a special episode of Tuesday night CBC Ottawa News at 6. The debate will also be streamed live on CBC.ca and CBC Gem.
CBC radios Ottawa morning will then host a debate between Brandon Bay, Chiarelli, McKenney and Sutcliffe on Friday from 7am.