Importance of voting
Voting is a fundamental right of our democracy. When you vote, you are selecting the people who will make the laws and policies that determine how our City functions and how we live and work together. You are also selecting the people who will represent you on your local school boards.
Municipal government is involved in many aspects of our daily lives – maintaining roads and sidewalks, providing clean water, collecting waste and recycling, clearing the snow, caring for children and the elderly, running public transit, supporting the arts and protecting residents.
Who can vote
A person is entitled to be a voter at the municipal elections if on Voting Day they are:
- A Canadian citizen
- At least 18 years of age or older
- Residing in the City of Vaughan or an owner or tenant of land or the spouse of an owner or tenant
- Not otherwise prohibited from voting
Voting is easy in Vaughan
Casting a ballot in the Vaughan municipal election is easy:
- You need to present identification and your name has to be on the voters’ list
- Take your ballot behind the voting screen and cast your ballot
- Using the pen provided, vote by completing the arrow pointing to the candidate of your choice
- You can vote for ONE candidate for Mayor, up to THREE candidates for Local and Regional Councillor, ONE candidate for Ward Councillor and ONE candidate for school trustee
- If you make a mistake while voting or change your mind, return the ballot to the election official and ask for a new ballot
- Once you have finished voting, put the ballot back into the secrecy folder and take it to the election official at the vote tabulator
- Wait until your ballot has been accepted and you’re done
Every qualified voter must show the required identification when arriving at a voting location before receiving a ballot. A full list of voter identification options can be found at vaughan.ca/elections.
If you’re on the voters’ list, but you don’t have identification on Voting Day, you must complete a Declaration of Identity form swearing that you are the voter shown on the voters’ list.
If you are not on the voters’ list and do not have identification, you cannot be added to the list or issued a ballot.
Sample ballots can be found on the voters’ webpage along with a list of the candidates.
For more information about the elections, please visit vaughan.ca/elections.
Jeffrey A. Abrams
City Clerk and Returning Officer
City of Vaughan