Who Can Vote?

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

A person is entitled to be an elector at an election held in a local municipality if, on voting day, he or she,

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

Student Voting

Students are allowed to vote in both their home municipality and the municipality where they are attending school.


Proxy Voting

If for any reason you will be unable to cast your ballot in person on Voting Day or at an advance poll, proxy voting allows you to appoint another person to vote on your behalf. A voting proxy is someone who is also an eligible elector in Norfolk County. An elector may act as a voting proxy for only one elector who is not a family member; or may vote on behalf of any/all immediate family members who are electors. Immediate family members are your spouse, sibling, parent, child, grandparent and grandchild.

Proxy forms are available at the County Administration Building located at 50 Colborne Street South, Simcoe ON N3Y 4H3.

The deadline for certification of these forms is 4:30 p.m. on Voting Day Monday, October 22, 2018.

Note: A person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity is still required to obtain a proxy certificate.

For more information you may consult section 44 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.


Where to Vote

Voter Notification Cards will be sent to the electors in Norfolk County, advising of the dates, times and locations of voting opportunities. The dates, times, and locations for voting opportunities are listed below.

Advance Voting – “Vote Anywhere”

All eligible electors within Norfolk County can vote anywhere at any Advance Voting location across the County regardless of where they live or own property. The following dates and locations are designated for Advance Voting.

Thursday, October 4, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

St. Williams Community Centre
80 Queen Street West
St. Williams, ON N0E 1P0

Simcoe Emmanuel Bible Church
24 Churchill Circle
Simcoe, ON N3Y 4Z4

Port Dover Lions Community Centre
Box 928, 801 St. George Street
Port Dover, ON   N0A 1N0

Saturday, October 6, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

St. Williams Community Centre
80 Queen Street West
St. Williams, ON N0E 1P0

Delhi District Secondary School Gym
393 James Street
Delhi, ON N4B 2B6

Simcoe Salvation Army Church
184 Colborne Street North
Simcoe, ON N3Y 3V3

Waterford Royal Canadian Legion Branch 123
223 Nichol Street
Waterford, ON N0E 1Y0

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Delhi German Hall
443 James Street
Delhi, ON N4B 2B9

Simcoe Salvation Army Church
184 Colborne Street North
Simcoe ON N3Y 3V3

Port Dover Lions Community Centre
801 St. George Street
Port Dover, ON N0A 1N0

Voting Day – Monday, October 22, 2018 

On Voting Day Monday, October 22, 2018 all eligible electors will be required to vote at a predetermined voting place based on where they live or own property.

Electors can use an interactive voting place lookup map to determine their designated voting place. Click here to open the interactive voting place lookup map.

Voting hours on Monday, October 22, 2018 are 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Voting places are listed below.

Ward 1 – Port Rowan
Port Rowan Community Centre
14 College Avenue
Port Rowan, ON N0E 1M0
Ward 1 Map

Ward 2 – Langton
Langton Community Centre
28 Albert Street
Langton, ON N0E 1G0
Ward 2 Poll 1 Map

Ward 2 – Courtland
Courtland Community Centre
276 Main Street
Courtland, ON N0J 1E0
Ward 2 Poll 2 Map

Ward 3 – Delhi
Delhi German Hall
443 James Street
Delhi, ON N4B 2B9
Ward 3 Poll 1 Map

Ward 3 – Teeterville
Teeterville Fire Hall
186 Teeter Street
Teeterville, ON N0E 1S0
Ward 3 Poll 2 Map

Ward 4 – Lynnville
Lynnville United Church
1418 Windham Road 11
Windham Centre, ON N0E 2A0
Ward 4 Poll 1 Map

Ward 4 – Vittoria
Vittoria & District Community Centre
35 Oakes Boulevard
Vittoria, ON N0E 1W0
Ward 4 Poll 2 Map

Ward 5 – Simcoe
Simcoe Salvation Army
184 Colborne Street North
Simcoe, ON N3Y 3V3
Ward 5 Poll 1 Map

Ward 5 – Simcoe
Simcoe Emmanuel Bible Church
24 Churchill Circle
Simcoe, ON N3Y 4Z4
Ward 5 Poll 2 Map

Ward 6 – Port Dover
Port Dover Lions Community Centre
801 St. George Street
Port Dover, ON N0A 1N0
Ward 6 Map

Ward 7 – Waterford
Waterford Royal Canadian Legion Branch 123
223 Nichol Street
Waterford, ON N0E 1Y0
Ward 7 Map


Identification

Identification (ID) is needed when you go to vote. Remember to bring one piece of ID showing your name and qualifying Norfolk County address. Your Voter Notification Card cannot be used as a piece of ID.

  • If you do not have acceptable ID, but your name is on the voters’ list you will be required to sign a Declaration of Identity to receive a ballot.
  • If you do not have acceptable ID, and are not on the voters’ list, you will be asked to return with your ID in order to receive a ballot.

Types of Acceptable Identification Showing Name & Norfolk County Address:

  • Ontario issued photo card, driver’s licence or motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion).
  • Cancelled personalized cheque, credit card or bank account statement.
  • Utility bill for hydro, telephone or cable TV, water, gas or a bill from a public utilities commission.
  • Cheque stub, T4 statement or pay receipt issued by an employer.
  • Statement of direct deposit for Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program.
  • Property tax assessment, income tax assessment notice, Child Tax Benefit statement.
  • Mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement.
  • Transcript or report card from a post-secondary school.
  • Document showing campus residence, issued by the office or officials responsible for student residence at a post-secondary institution.
  • Any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or a document issued or certified by a court in Ontario.
  • Any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada).
  • Insurance policy or insurance statement.
  • Loan agreement or other financial agreement with a financial institution.
  • Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid T4E.
  • Statement of Old Age Security T4A (OAS), Canada Pension Plan Benefits T4A (P), Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions.
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Statement of Benefits T5007.
  • CNIB card or a card from another registered charitable organization that provides services to persons with disabilities.
  • Document showing residence at a long-term care home under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, issued by the Administrator for the home.
  • Hospital card or record.

Learn more about Ontario regulation 304/13 for voter identification under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 as amended.


Voters’ List

If you are a new resident, or your name or address has changed since 2014, you may not be listed correctly on the Voters’ List. Eligible electors will be able to update their information at the County Administration Building located at 50 Colborne Street South, Simcoe ON N3Y 4H3 beginning September 4, 2018.

The Voters’ List Revision Period will begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and end on Election Day, Monday, October 22, 2018.

During this time, electors can visit the County Administration Building and correct their personal information (i.e. name, address, etc.) OR electors may add themselves to the List if they are currently not registered as Norfolk County electors. Even if you had updated your information with Elections Ontario for the Provincial Election that took place on June 7, 2018, you must also update your information with Norfolk County.

Please note that no revisions or additions can occur online or over the phone with County representatives – all changes must be made in person at the County Administration Building. Electors must bring valid proof of identification with them in order to make any Voters’ List revisions.

If you are unsure if you are registered to vote in Norfolk County please call, 519-426-5870.


Accommodations for Voters

Accommodations for voters includes:

Appointing a Proxy for electors who will be away, assistance in the voting place and other important accessibility information.

Proxy Voting

If for any reason you will be unable to cast your ballot in person on Voting Day or at an advance poll, proxy voting allows you to appoint another person to vote on your behalf. A voting proxy is someone who is also an eligible elector in Norfolk County. An elector may act as a voting proxy for only one elector who is not a family member; or may vote on behalf of any/all immediate family members who are electors. Immediate family members are your spouse, sibling, parent, child, grandparent and grandchild.

Proxy forms are available at the County Administration Building located at 50 Colborne Street South, Simcoe ON N3Y 4H3.

The deadline for certification of these forms is 4:30 p.m. on Voting Day Monday, October 22, 2018.

Note: A person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity is still required to obtain a proxy certificate.

For more information you may consult section 44 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

Curbside Voting

If you are physically unable to go inside the voting place, you can request to have your ballot brought to your vehicle, outside of the building or to another area within the voting place. A friend or support person will need to go inside the voting place to let the election officials know that you require curbside voting.

Personal Assistance to Voters

All election officials are required to take mandatory customer service training and each is provided with the Accessible Customer Service Etiquette Guide. Election officials are also trained to interact with people with disabilities who are accompanied by either a support person or a service animal.

If you require assistance, inside the voting place you may bring a friend along or ask an election official for assistance. Your friend may go behind the voting screen with you however they must first state an oral declaration and may only act as a friend once, except in nursing homes, or for family members.

Accessible Voting Equipment

Accessible voting technology will be available during the advance polling and on election day.

  • Audio Tactile Interface:
    The Audio Tactile Interface or ATI is a hand held controller with ten buttons. The buttons on the ATI are described in both colour and shape in the audio instructions and are also printed in braille. The ATI is the quickest and easiest device for voters who can push buttons firmly.
  • Sip ‘n Puff:
    The Sip ‘n’ Puff device is a good option for voters who do not have use of their hands or feet. Voters control all ballot movement and selections with a sip (inhale) or a puff (exhale) when instructed on the audio track.
  • Paddle Buttons:
    Paddle Buttons are ideal for voters who may have difficulty pushing buttons on the ATI. Voters control all ballot movement and selections with the press on the “L” (left) or “R” (right) paddle when instructed on the audio track.

Taking Time off to Vote

You are entitled to have three 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.

Note: This does not mean that you are entitled to take three hours off of work.

Voting hours on election day are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


2018 Voters’ Guide for Ontario Municipal and School Board By-Elections

This Guide has been prepared by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to provide information to voters in municipal and school board by-elections. The Guide has been updated to reflect amendments made to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 in Bill 181 (Municipal Elections Modernization Act, 2016) and Bill 68 (Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act, 2017).