How to Vote

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Voting period October 12 to 22, 2018

 

    The 2018 municipal election in The Blue Mountains will see a brand-new method of voting as the town moves to internet and telephone voting.

    There will be no ballot boxes and polling places. This time, you can vote from literally anywhere in the world where you have access to the internet or a touch tone telephone.

    The first thing to do is make sure you’re on the Voters List. The list will be available at the town hall once it is compiled (late August). Be sure to check it. If you are not on the list, you’ll need to go to the Clerk’s Office at the town hall. Take along some photo identification and proof of residency (i.e. utility bills, tax notices, mortgage statements, rent receipts) that shows that you are resident and/or a property owner in the municipality. Note that corporate entities and/or companies are not entitled to vote.

    You can vote anytime between 10 a.m., October 12 and 8 p.m. October 22. You don’t have to wait for normal office hours; you can vote whenever it’s convenient for you, 24 hours a day, throughout the voting period.

    On or about October 4, eligible voters whose names are on the Voters List will receive a Voter ID card via the mail. The card will include everything you need to vote including a Voter ID number, unique PIN number and the web address and telephone number you’ll need to access to vote.

Online voting

    Type the web address into the address bar at the top of your computer screen. From there on just follow the prompts. You’ll be prompted to type in the Voter ID number and PIN as well as your date of birth. Your input will be validated

    The next screen asks you to vouch that you are legally entitled to cast your ballot and that you are not violating the electoral laws. Carefully read the Oath of Qualification and other information on this page. Take note that you are responsible for ensuring you do not violate any election laws.

    Next, you’ll get the first “contest” screen where you’ll cast your vote for mayor. The choices will be listed, and you just click on your choice. If you make a mistake, just click on that name again and the vote will be cleared, and you can make your correct choice. At the bottom of the screen will be boxes that you click on to move to the next contest. Make your choices for Deputy Mayor and then Councillor. After you’ve completed voting, you can review your choices and make any changes you wish. When you’ve completed you ballot, click on the Cast Ballot box and your vote will be registered.

Telephone voting

    To vote by phone, you’ll need a touch tone phone, including a cell phone or smart phone. Punch in the number on the ID card and follow the prompts. Again, you’ll have to input the Voter ID and PIN as well as your date of birth. You’ll have to agree to the Oath of Disqualification and then you’ll be given the choices of candidates for the first contest. The names of the candidates will be given, alphabetically, last name first. Punch the appropriate number for your choice and then the pound (#) key to accept that choice or the asterisk (*) key to cancel and go back. Do the same for Deputy Mayor and Councillor contests. Finally, you’ll be asked to confirm your ballot.

    Again, it’s important to be sure you have completed your ballot. Wait for the voice to say “You have successfully completed your ballot” before you hang up. If you have up too soon – or lose your connection any time before the ballot is complete – your ballot won’t count, and you’ll have to start over. Once you have completed the ballot and hung up, you can’t access the system again, so be sure you make your choices carefully.

Help is available

    If you feel uncertain, help is available. You can visit the Town Hall, the Craigleith Heritage Depot or The Blue Mountains Library, during normal opening hours, where computers and trained staff are available to help you through the process. (You can go to the Town Hall on October 22 until 8 p.m. when the voting period closes.) Certain town staff have taken an oath of confidentiality to assist voters in casting their ballots in this way.

    A six-minute video and a Power Point presentation that explains more about the new voting methods are available on the town’s web site. Click on the Hot Topics tab then on Election 2018. Click on the box marked How to Vote which includes a link to a video on Internet Voting. The town will also be hosting several public information sessions.

    If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Town Clerk’s office.

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