FAQs Body ContentFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the 2018 Municipal Election for voters, candidates, third party advertisers and workers. Voter FAQsI received my Voter Notice in the mail - What do I do with it?The voter notice is sent to all eligible electors in Brampton who are on the Voters' List as of September 4, 2018. The envelope package from the City contains voting information and an individual voter notice for every eligible elector at your address. On each voter notice is your name, address, ward number, school support and voter barcode. The voter notice includes all the voting locations in your ward. You can vote (only once) at any listed location. On the back of the voter notice is the list of advance voting locations, dates and times, in case you want to vote early. Take your voter notice with you when you vote, along with your acceptable identification. The voter notice will help serve you quickly at the voting location. The voter notice does not serve as acceptable identification so remember to bring your identification.I did not receive my Voter Notice - now what?If you did not receive your voter notice by September 21, 2018, you are likely not on the Voters' List. Don't worry, you can add your name to the list at any voting location by completing an Application to Amend the Voters' List form with acceptable identification. You can also register to request to add you name to the Voters' List online here after checking to confirm your name is not on the list. The online registration is only available until October 13., 2018. Please still bring acceptable identification with you to the voting location. For more help, please contact the City at 311 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I don’t want my name on the Voters’ List. Can I get it removed?You can have your name removed from the Voters’ List by completing an Application to Amend the Voters' List, but you will not be able to vote unless you have your name put back on the list.Can I remove someone else’s name from the Voters’ List?You can complete an Application to Amend the Voters' List form to have the name of a person who is deceased removed from the list. This can be done until the close of voting on Voting Day. During the election period, you cannot remove another living person from the Voters' List, except for yourself. If you want to remove someone from the Voters' List who is identified at your property, you may contact MPAC after the election to make a request.How do I add myself to the Voters’ List or update my information?Starting in September 2018, you will be able to check to see if you are on the Voters’ List. If you are not on the list, you have two (2) options available to add your name to the list: 1. Before voting day, attend the City Clerk's Office at City Hall to complete an Application to Amend the Voters’ List form to add yourself to the Voters' List. You will need acceptable identification. This service will also be available at every advance voting and votering day location when voting is open. 2. Register online to request to add yourself to the Voters' List, after confirming you are not already on the list. You can use the same application to correct or update your information on the Voters’ List such as name, address or school support. This service will only be available until the end of day on October 13, 2018. You will not be added to the Voters' List until you attend a voting location with your acceptable indentification to complete the process to get added to the list. Acceptable identification is one piece of identification showing both your name and Brampton address. Click here for a list of acceptable identification. I just moved - can I still vote?If you moved recently, you may not be on the Voters' List or your information on the list is no longer up-to-date. You can still vote, but you will need to update your information and address on the Voters' List. Please ensure you bring acceptable identification with you to the voting location with your name and new Brampton address, in order to vote and update you on the Voters' List. Please remember, you can only vote once in the City and you must vote where you currently live. Who is eligible to vote?A person is entitled to be an elector (voter) at an election held in a local municipality, if on Voting Day he or she is:- a Canadian citizen;- at least 18 years old;- residing in the local municipality or an owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of such owner or tenant; and- not otherwise prohibited from voting.Who is prohibited from voting?The following cannot vote in a municipal election:- a person serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution;- a corporation; or- a person convicted of a corrupt practice for an election held within four years of Voting Day. Note: A person who is acting as an executor or in any other representative capacity (e.g., power of attorney), cannot vote on behalf of the person they are representing unless they have been appointed as a voting proxy.How is my school support determined?General qualifications:- is a Canadian citizen;- is at least 18 years old;- has not already voted in the election for school trustees elsewhere in the school board’s area of jurisdiction;- resides in the local municipality or territory or is the owner or tenant of a residential property, or is the spouse of such owner or tenant; and- is not otherwise prohibited from voting.ANDEnglish public- be a supporter of the English-language public district school board; or- not be a supporter of any board, nor have qualified him- or herself as an elector for a separate or French-language school board in the election.English separatemust be a Roman Catholic who must:- qualify as an elector for the English-language separate district school board; or- be a supporter (or be the spouse of a supporter) of the English-language separate district school board.French publicmust be a French-language rights holder (see ss. 23(1) and (2) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms for criteria) who must:- qualify as an elector for the French-language public district school board; or- be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French-language public district school board.French separatemust be a Roman Catholic and a French-language rights holder (see the Charter for criteria ) who must:- qualify as an elector for the French-language separate district school board; or- be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French-language separate district school board.When is Voting Day?Voting Day is Monday, October 22, 2018. Check here to find voting locations in your ward where you can vote on October 22. The City of Brampton will also be holding advance voting days on October 2-4, 6, 9-11, and 13, 2018. Check here to find advance voting locations close to where you live.When are voting hours?Voting hours on Voting Day are 10 am - 8 pm., Monday, October 22, 2018. Voting hours vary during advance voting days on October 2-4, 6, 9-11 and 13, 2018.Where do I vote?For the 2018 Brampton Municipal Election, voters will be able to vote anywhere within their ward on Voting Day (October 22). For advance voting, voters may vote at any advance voting location in the city. Click here for advance voting information. Click here to find an advance voting location near you. Click here to find out what ward you live in. Click here to find a Voting Day location in your ward near you.Do I need to show Identification to vote?If you are on the Voters' List, you should receive a voter notice in September 2018 closer to the election. Take that notice to the voting location, as well as one piece of identification that shows both your name and address. If you are not on the Voters' List, you will need to be added at the voting location. You will need to provide identification showing your name and address. You will need to sign a statutory declaration stating that you are a qualified elector. Click here for the complete list of acceptable forms of identification for proof of name and address. What if I forget my Identification when I am at the voting location?If you are on the Voters' List, you can still vote by completing and signing a declaration that you are the person whose name appears on the list. If you are not on the Voters' List, you will need to be added to the list before voting, and will need to provide identification. Click here for the complete list of acceptable forms of identification for proof of name and address. What if I cannot make it to the voting place on Voting Day?Voters who are not available to vote on Voting Day can instead vote at the advance polls. Click here for advance voting information. Voters can also appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf. See "How can I appoint a proxy ?" FAQ below.How can I appoint a proxy?An elector in a municipality may appoint another person similarly qualified as an elector as his or her voting proxy, using the prescribed form: - complete an application in the prescribed form, including a statutory declaration that he or she is the person appointed as a voting proxy; and - present the application and the appointing document to the Clerk, in person, at the Clerk’s office; and- get the application certified by the Clerk Note: Proxies cannot be appointed before the end of the nomination period A person cannot: - appoint more than one (1) voting proxy; or - act as a voting proxy for more than one other person. This restriction does not apply if the appointed proxy and the other person are spouses or siblings of each other, parent and child, or grandparent and grandchild. See "Voting by Proxy" page for more information.Can I act as proxy for more than 1 person?If you are appointed as the proxy for a person who is not a family member, you may not be appointed as a proxy for anyone else, including family members. If you are appointed as the proxy for a family member, you may also be appointed as the proxy for additional family members, if the family members are a spouse, sibling, parent, child, grandparent or grandchild.How does my name get on the Voters’ List?The Voters’ List is put together for each election based on information that is held by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). MPAC is responsible for preparing the preliminary list of electors for the municipality. It is MPAC's municipal property assessment database of both property owners and tenants that is used to prepare this preliminary list, which aids in the preparation of the final voters' list for Election Day. Starting in September 2018, you will be able to check to see if your name is on the voters' list - see "Am I on the Voters' List?" I am sure I am on the Voters' List, but am told I’m not. Why?There may be a number of reasons why you may not be showing on the voters’ list. Some of the reasons can include: you are included on the list with one name but you are checking with another name (e.g., "Pat" instead of "Patricia") you have moved within the last four years your name, address or birthdate are recorded incorrectly on the voters' list and therefore not matching what you have typed in I am a student. How do I vote?A student may vote in the municipality where he or she temporarily resides while attending school as well as at his/her permanent home in a different municipality, provided that he or she does not intend to change his/her permanent home. The student is required to fill out and submit an Application to Amend the Voters' List to add themselves to the voters' list in the municipality where they go to school and wish to vote. I am a tenant. How do I get on the voters' list?Tenants are encouraged to check the voters' list to make sure their information is included and accurate. Information about tenants can become outdated between elections as tenants move. My family owns a cottage. Can I vote in that municipality?In order to qualify as a non-resident elector, you (or your spouse) must be the owner or tenant of the property. If a family member who is not your spouse is the owner, and you have use of the cottage, you would not qualify as a non-resident elector. If the cottage is owned by a trust, you would not qualify as a non-resident elector. My company owns a property in Brampton. Can I vote here?No, if the business is the owner of the property, you would not qualify as a non-resident voter.Can a person in prison vote?No. A person who is serving a sentence in prison is not entitled to vote.I live in one municipality and own property in another municipality. Do I have to choose which municipality to vote in?You are eligible to vote in the municipality where you live, and the municipality where you qualify as a non-resident voter. You can vote in both municipalities. If both municipalities are in the same school board, you can only vote for school trustee in one municipality.I live in one ward in the City and own a property in another ward, also in the City. Can I choose which ward I want to vote in?No. You must vote in the ward where you live.Do I get time off work to vote?You are entitled to three consecutive hours in which to vote on Voting Day. If your job requires you to work hours that would not give you a three-hour period in which to vote, you are allowed to be absent from your job for enough time to give you that three-hour period. Your employer may decide when it would be most convenient for you to be absent in order to vote. Note: This does not mean that you are entitled to take three hours off of work.I do not have a permanent address - can I still vote?The Municipal Elections Act does allow persons without a permanent residential address to vote in the election. Please contact the City Clerk's Office for more assistance. A person must have some acceptable identification with their name on it, and a person can make an Affidavit of Residence to declare where they sleep or eat most regularly during the last five (5) weeks, to serve as their qualifying address. A person will still need to complete an Application for Amend the Voters' List form to be added to the Voters' List.How do I mark the ballot?A voter is provided a paper ballot at the voting location after confirmation the voter is on the Voters' List and has provided acceptable identification. The type of ballot provided will depend on the voter's school support as identified on the Voters' List. The ballot is two-sided with offices to be elected on either side. The voter takes the ballot in a secrecy folder to a voting compartment for privacy. To vote, completely fill in the oval next to the name of the person and only do so once for each office on the ballot. How is my vote processed if I can vote anywhere in my ward?The Voters' List is live and when an elector attends a voting location, they are marked as having voted. This information is updated immediately and all other voting locations will see the same information. Candidate FAQsWho is qualified to run for Mayor, Council or Regional Council office?A candidate for municipal office must, upon nomination, be a qualified municipal elector and fulfill all of the following requirements:- a resident of the municipality, a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the municipality or the spouse of such non-resident owner or tenant;- a Canadian citizen;- at least 18 years old;- not legally prohibited from voting; and- not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office.Note: A candidate, if nominated, must remain qualified throughout the election and, if elected, throughout the term of office.Who is NOT qualified to run for Mayor, Council or Regional Council?The following persons are disqualified from being elected to municipal office:- any person not eligible to vote in the municipality;- an employee of a municipality unless he or shetakes an unpaid leave of absence before being nominated, and resigns, if elected to the office;- a judge of any court;- a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, a Senator or a member of the House of Commons; - an inmate of a penal or correctional institution under sentence of imprisonment.When can I file my nomination?Nominations start on May 1, 2018 and end on July 27, 2018, at 2:00 pm. For more information about requirements, click here. How can I apply to run for office?Nominations must be filed in person with the City Clerk's Office during the nomination period (May 1 - July 27, 2018). Click here for more information regarding the required nomination forms. Can I run for more than 1 office?Candidates can only be nominated for one office on a municipal council or school board in the Province of Ontario at a time. If person is nominated for a second office, the first nomination is deemed to be withdrawn.Who is qualified to run for School Board office?A candidate for a school board must, upon nomination, be a qualified municipal elector and fulfill all of the following requirements:- a resident within the jurisdiction of the board;- a supporter of the board;- a Canadian citizen;- at least 18 years old;- Roman Catholic (if running for a separate school board);- not legally prohibited from voting; and- not disqualified by any legislation from holding school board office.Note: A candidate, if nominated, must remain qualified throughout the election and, if elected, throughout the term of office. School board candidates should confirm that they have the qualifications described in Section 219 of the Education Act.Who is NOT eligible to run for School Board Office?A candidate for school board office cannot be:- a clerk, deputy clerk, treasurer or deputy treasurer of a municipality within the jurisdiction of a board;- any person not eligible to vote in the municipality;- an employee of a school board unless he or she takes an unpaid leave of absence before being nominated, and resigns, if elected to the office;- a judge of any court;- a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, a Senator or a member of the House of Commons;- an inmate of a penal or correctional institution under sentence of imprisonment.How can I withdraw my candidacy?If a candidate decides to withdraw from the election, he or she must notify the Clerk in writing no later than 2 pm on nomination day (Friday, July 27, 2018).A candidate who withdraws is still required to submit a completed financial statement covering all financial transactions made up to the date the nomination was withdrawn.When can I start accepting campaign funds?Your campaign starts when you file your nomination. You cannot accept funds before filing your nomination.I would like to run in the next election, but I am not eligible because I did not file my campaign financial statement after I ran in the last election. Can the Minister give me an exemption and allow me to run?No. The Minister does not have authority under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 to extend the filing deadline or waive the penalties for failing to file.Can I run in a different ward than the one where I live?As long as you are eligible to vote in the municipality, you may run in any ward. If you do run in a ward where you do not live, you will not be able to vote for yourself.Can I use my campaign office as my qualifying address so that I can vote for myself? No. If you are a resident voter (you live in the municipality), you must vote in the ward where you reside. You cannot choose to vote in a different ward where you may own or rent another property. Third Party FAQsWhat is third party advertising?A third party advertisement is a message in any broadcast, print, electronic or other medium that has the purpose of promoting, supporting or opposing: - a candidate, or - a "yes" or "no" answer to a question on the ballotWho can be a third party advertiser?The following can become a registered third party advertiser: - an individual who is normally resident in Ontario - a corporation that carries on business in Ontario - a trade union that holds bargaining rights for employees in OntarioCan a candidate also be a third party advertiser?No. A candidate is not eligible to file a notice of registration to be a third party advertiser.How much can a third party advertiser spend on advertising?Registered third party advertisers are subject to maximum spending limits as prescribed by the Municipal Elections Act, 1996. For more information, contact email@example.com. If I don't incur any costs for my advertising, do I still need to register?Third party advertising does not include an advertisement for which no expense is incurred. If you do not have any expenses, you are not required to register.How do I register as a third party advertiser?Third party advertisers are required to file their notice of registration with the Clerk's Office during the registration period (May 1 - October 19, 2018).When can I register as a third party advertiser?The registration period begins on May 1, 2018, and ends on October 19, 2018. For more information about requirements, click here.When can I begin advertising?You cannot begin advertising until your registration as a third party advertiser has been certified by the Clerk. Worker FAQsWhen will you be recruiting?Recruitment began on June 9. You may submit an application by clicking here. What positions are you recruiting for?There are several positions including: Location Supervisor, Assistant Location Supervisor, Deputy Returning Officer, Election Assistant, Tabulator Attendant, and Greeter. Position descriptions may be found here. What’s the pay?Compensation varies depending on the position you are hired for. A full listing of positions with rates of pay may be found here. Are there any age restrictions to working the election?Location Supervisors, Assistant Location Supervisors and Deputy Returning Officers must be 18 years of age or older.How do I apply to work?Applications may be submitted by clicking here. What if I don’t have access to a computer? Can I still apply?Paper applications are available at the City Clerk's Office in City Hall. Applications may be submitted during regular business hours. A printable verison of the paper application may be found here. What qualifications do I need to work in the election?Excellent customer service and organizational skills, proficient computer skills, and ability to work under pressure. Previous elections experience and a spoken second language are assets. Will training be provided? Yes, training is provided and is mandatory to work the election.Is previous experience required?Previous experience is preferred, however you will be trained for your role.Do I still need to attend training if I have previous experience?Yes, training is mandatory for all workers, experienced or not. There are always changes and upgrades with technology.What are the hours I need to work on Voting Day?You are required to work the full day. The day starts at 8 am with polls closing at 8 pm. Finish time will depend on location closing procedures.When will I find out if I have been hired to work the election?You will be contacted by early September if you have been hired.