Voter Information

Chatham-Kent's 2022 Municipal Election is taking place on October 24, 2022. Due to the pandemic, Chatham-Kent will be putting in place health and safety measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

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What are the different Voting Days?

Advance Polling days:

  • Thursday, October 13 from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Friday, October 14 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Internet Voting:

Internet voting will take place from Monday, October 3 at 10:00 am to Sunday, October 16 10:00 pm.

Election Day:

Monday, October 24, from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

What am I voting for in this Election?

Voters of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent will elect a Mayor, members of Municipal Council and School Board Trustees to represent them in this community for the next four years. The term of office for the new council is November 15, 2022 to November 14, 2026.

Who can vote?

In order to be eligible to vote, you must meet the Qualification of Electors as listed in the Municipal Elections Acts, 1996, s.17 (2)

  • Resides in the local municipality or is the owner or tenant of land there, or is the spouse of such owner or tenant;
  • Is a Canadian citizen;
  • Is at least 18 years old; and
  • Is not prohibited from voting under subsection (3) or otherwise by law.

Am I on the Voters' List?

Note: Federal / Provincial Voters' Lists are different from Municipal Voters' List. 

If you are a resident, owner or tenant of property in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, a Canadian citizen and 18 years of age you can vote. Students living in Chatham-Kent while attending school can vote in both the Chatham-Kent municipal election and their 'home' municipality. To confirm if you are on the voters' list and your information is accurate, please visit the voterlookup.ca website.

Eligible Voters whose names are on the list will receive a Voter Information Card in the mail in late September. This card will allow you to know where to vote on October 24. Be sure to bring it with you when you go to vote - whether you are voting at an Advance Poll location or on Voting Day. This card will also provide you with a pin number that allows you to vote online during Internet Voting, which is from October 3 - October 16. 


What should I take with me to vote?

Identification is required when you vote. You will need to show ID that contains your name and address. You may have to show two pieces of ID to accomplish this. When going to vote, be sure to have one of the following forms of identification:

  • An Ontario driver's licence.
  • An Ontario Photo Card.
  • An Ontario motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion).
  • A cancelled personalized cheque.
  • A mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement relating to property in Ontario.
  • An insurance policy or insurance statement.
  • A loan agreement or other financial agreement with a financial institution.
  • A document issued or certified by a court in Ontario.
  • Any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency of such a government.
  • Any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada).
  • An income tax assessment notice.
  • A Child Tax Benefit Statement.
  • A Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid T4E.
  • A Statement of Old Age Security T4A (OAS).
  • A Statement of Canada Pension Plan Benefits T4A (P).
  • A Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions.
  • A Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Works.
  • A Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Disability Support Program.
  • A Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Statement of Benefits T5007.
  • A property tax assessment.
  • A credit card statement, bank account statement, or RRSP, RRIF, RHOSP or T5 statement.
  • A CNIB Card or a card from another registered charitable organization that provides services to persons with disabilities.
  • A hospital card or record.
  • A document showing campus residence, issued by the office or officials responsible for student residence at a post-secondary institution.
  • A document showing residence at a long-term care home under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, issued by the Administrator for the home.
  • A utility bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone or cable TV or a bill from a public utilities commission.
  • A cheque stub, T4 statement or pay receipt issued by an employer.
  • A transcript or report card from a post-secondary school.

What is Proxy Voting?

If you are an eligible Elector, you may appoint another person to vote on your behalf. This person is known as a "proxy" voter. This person must be a qualified Elector and someone your trust. You cannot appoint more than one voting proxy or act as a voting proxy for more than one other person. However, this restriction does not apply if the proxy and the other person are spouses or siblings of each other, parent and child, or grandparent and grandchild. 
The following rules apply to the issuance of Proxy Certificates:
  • Only original signatures will be accepted on the proxy forms.
  • The name of the person appointed as the voting proxy must be filled in on the form at the time it is signed by the elector who is appointing the proxy.
  • The proxy certificate must be completed at the Office of the City Clerk where the elector appointed will take the declaration.
  • The proxy certificate will be officially certified by the City Clerk or designate.
  • The EL54 Register of Proxy Appointments will be completed at the time when the form is brought to the Office of the City Clerk to be certified.
  • The proxy certificate is a public document and may be inspected by any person during the election process.
  • The appointment does not remain in effect after Voting Day of the Municipal Election
Appointments can be made with the City Clerk by emailing ckclerk@chatham-kent.ca.

Accessibility

The Clerk shall make every effort to accommodate the needs of Electors and Candidates with disabilities. Accessibility will continue to be monitored and accommodated in the future. 

In Chatham, during Advance Voting Day as well as on Election Day, an AutoMark assist terminal will be available to persons with disabilities and other special needs to mark their ballot privately and independently. 

Magnifying sheets will be provided at every voting station during Advance Voting Days as well as on Election Day.


Voters' Guide

The Province of Ontario releases a Voters' Guide for every Municipal Election. This guide provides information to Voters for the 2022 Municipal Council and School Board Elections, and the information applies to any by-Elections that may be held during the 2022-2026 Council and School Board term. Click the link to the 2022 Voters' Guide.