FAQs

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Questions for everyone
Can more than one person residing in a household sign an endorsement for a candidate?
The act requires that the person signing the endorsement must be eligible to vote in an election for an office within the municipality if a regular election was held on the day the person endorses the nomination. In addition to the endorsement, they will be required to sign a declaration that they are eligible to vote in the Municipality.

A person who is eligible to vote in the municipality may provide endorsements to as many candidates as they choose and may endorse candidates for any office on the municipal council. A person who is running for a ward councillor office may submit signatures from voters who do not live in that ward.

If you submit 25 endorsement signatures, as required, and find out later that one or multiple supporters were not eligible to vote on the day that they signed the endorsement, you will not lose your nomination. The person who supplied false information, by signing your endorsement, could be subject to prosecution.

Voters
Who can vote for Separate School Trustees?
Separate school electors must be Roman Catholic and be otherwise qualified as electors to be separate school electors. Where children attend school does not have any bearing on voter qualifications. In the Clarington 2018 elections, the French separate school board trustees were acclaimed, therefore, the French separate school board electors will not be voting for a school board trustee.
Can every elector vote for School Board Offices?
Non-resident owners or tenants, or spouses of owners or tenants, of commercially and industrially assessed lands are not eligible to vote for school board offices. In the case of the 2018 Clarington election, English Separate electors will not be voting for a school board trustee because the two School Board Trustees for the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board were acclaimed (i.e. we needed two and only two submitted their nomination). As a result, all English Separate electors will receive a ballot without a school board trustee race.
Can a person vote more than once?

An elector whose name appears on the Voters’ List is entitled to vote, subject to the following:

  1. An elector may vote only once in the Municipality of Clarington, even if they own more than one property in the Municipality.
  2. If the elector owns more than one property within the Municipality of Clarington, the elector must vote in the Ward in which he/she resides. The elector does not have the choice as to where he or she wishes to vote.
  3. In the case of school boards, the elector is only permitted to vote once for his/her school board trustee even if the elector owns more than one property in more than one municipality that is contained within the jurisdiction of the school board.
  4. An elector is entitled to vote only once on a by-law or question.
  5. An elector is permitted to vote once for the office of Regional Chair, even if the elector owns more than one property in more than one municipality within the Region of Durham.
  6. Students who reside “away from home” may vote in two places --- within the municipality where they attend school, and within the municipality where their family resides (their “home”).
What if my name is not on the Voters’ List?

If you are a qualified elector, and your name does not appear on the Voters' List, you can make these changes online using our "Am I on the List Online Tool." Additionally, you may attend the Municipal Clerk's Department to complete the necessary amendment application during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) until 4:30 p.m. on Voting Day, October 22, 2018. On Voting Day, applications to amend the Voters' List will be received at the Voting Places during voting hours (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.).

What if my name is not entered correctly on the Voters’ List?
If you are a qualified elector, and your name does not appear correctly on the Voters’ List, you can make these changes online using our "Am I on the List Online Tool." Additionally, you may attend the Municipal Clerk's Department to complete the necessary amendment application during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) until 4:30 p.m. on Voting Day, October 22, 2018. On Voting Day, applications to amend the Voters' List will be received at the Voting Places during voting hours (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.).
Do I need Identification to Vote?
Yes. Every elector shall present prescribed proof of identity and residence. Any document listed in the “List of Identification” is acceptable. The Voter Notification Card is not acceptable identification, but electors are encouraged to bring it to the voting location. Electors who are not able to provide the necessary identification will be provided an opportunity to complete a written statutory declaration at the Voting Place in order to receive their ballot.
Do I need to provide identification to be included for my proxy?
Yes, you must attach a copy of your identification that shows your name and qualifying address in the Municipality of Clarington to the completed and signed proxy form and give both documents to the person you appointed as proxy. Your proxy must present both documents in person to the Clerk, or designate, for certification prior to taking the proxy to a poll to vote. Your proxy must also be on the Voters' List or complete an Application to Amend the Voters' List Form (EL15) to be added to the list and have eligible identification.
Can I obtain a proxy certificate by fax or by email?
No. The Municipality must have original signatures on the proxy form and the Clerk or designate must certify the original certificate. The Municipality will not accept online or faxed applications.
How many times can I act as a proxy?

A voter may act as a proxy on behalf of either:

  • one other qualified voter who is not a relative; OR
  • one or more qualified voters who are relatives.

Relatives include parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, spouses and siblings. Even if a voter is eligible to vote in more than one municipality, he or she can only vote as a proxy for one non-relative. If a voter is acting on behalf of more than one qualified voter who are relatives, separate proxy forms are required.

Can my proxy vote on their own behalf as well as voting by proxy?
Yes. However, they must vote at their own voting place if it is different from yours. If you and your proxy are both on the Voters' List at the same voting place, they may vote twice at that location - once for themselves and then acting as a proxy voter. Alternatively, since the Advance Vote locations allow people to vote anywhere, a proxy voter can more easily vote on their own behalf at one of these locations if not in the same voting subdivision as you.
If I am turning 18 in October, can I vote in the 2018 Municipal Elections?
It depends. If you are 18 years old on Voting Day, October 22, you can vote in the 2018 Municipal Elections, including voting at the Advance Vote Opportunities.
Candidates
What are the rules for election signs in and around Clarington parks?
The Election Sign By-law 2016-004 considers public parks (including road allowances) part of public property and election signs are not allowed on public property.  For further clarification, the definition of public parks includes any areas for recreation, leisure, sports centers or gardens and includes any areas under the authority of any level of government.
How long do you need to be a resident of Clarington to be able to submit your nomination to be a candidate?
There is no residency term requirement, however, when the candidate submits their nomination, they need to be “qualified” at that time. “Qualified” includes being a qualified elector, which means the candidate must be a resident of the Municipality of Clarington, or the owner or tenant of land in the Municipality of Clarington or the spouse of the owner or tenant of land in the Municipality of Clarington at the time of nomination.
Do all candidates have to seek 25 endorsements?
No. Only candidates filing with the Municipality of Clarington for the office of Mayor, Regional Councillor, and Local Councillor are required to file 25 endorsements to accompany their Nomination Form. School board trustee candidates are not required to submit endorsement signatures.
When will the voters’ list be available to candidates?
If they have requested a copy of the voters’ list by completing the request form, registered candidates will be notified, by email, of the availability of the list (between August 29 and September 4). The list will be available on USB in Microsoft Excel (.xlsx) format or comma delimited format (.csv) and will only contain voters for their electoral race. PDFs of maps for the applicable voting subdivision will also be included on the USB. The candidate cannot copy, distribute and/or resell (in any format) the voters’ list, nor are they permitted to use it for any commercial use.
Where can I find information on the number of electors within each voting subdivision?
The 2014 turnout by voting subdivision is available under "Other Resources" on the Candidates page.  It is important to note that several of the voting subdivisions have changed (primarily in Wards 1 and 2) in 2018, so direct comparisons may not be possible.
Candidates and Third Party Advertisers
Do election signs need to have “This sign authorized by…..”?

For Candidates - In accordance with the Act and Clarington’s Sign By-law, the mandatory minimum information required on an advertisement is that it shall identify the candidate. Provided a candidate’s full name or ‘name as it will appear on the ballot’ is on the election sign, the Municipality of Clarington will consider that the sign has met the requirement set out in the Act and the by-law.

However, for Third Party Advertisers – The Act and Clarington’s Sign By-law state that all registered third party advertisers advertisements shall include:

  1. name of registered third party;
  2. the municipality where the registered third party is registered; and
  3. telephone number, mailing address or email address at which the registered third party may be contacted regarding the advertisement.
Are contributions to municipal candidates or third party advertisers tax deductible?
No. Contribution receipts are not tax receipts. Contributions to municipal council and school board campaigns cannot be credited against provincial or federal income tax.
Do I need to pay a sign deposit if I am a candidate or third party advertiser?
Possibly. In Clarington, you need to pay a sign deposit of $250 if you are a registered candidate or third party advertiser and you plan on erecting election signs. In addition, you need to register first, then set up a separate bank account, then you can pay for the sign deposit from the bank account. If you do not plan on using election signs, you do not need to pay the sign deposit. Election signs can only be used from August 29 to October 24. The Clarington Municipal Law Enforcement Division will be hosting a sign information session between July 27 and August 29 (to be determined).
Can a candidate or third party advertiser use municipal facilities to hold fundraising events for their campaign?
Yes, with some restrictions. Section 6 of the Use of Corporate Resources for Election Purposes Policy governs the use of municipally owned land and facilities and outlines the restrictions. Despite the restrictions, it does not “prohibit a candidate or external organization from renting space within a municipal facility/building (other than the Municipal Administrative Centre, Clarington Library facilities and the Museum Buildings) for election related purposes and permit.” Similarly, the distribution and display of campaign materials can only take place during the rental period and only within the rented area.
How much can a candidate or spouse contribute to a campaign?

It depends. For Members of Council, it depends on which office and which municipality. For Clarington, the maximum contribution amount is calculated by the Clerk and is outlined in the appendix at the back of the Candidate Information Manual. For School Board Trustee candidates – there is no limit on how much the candidate or spouse can contribute to the candidate’s campaign. Additionally, for trustees, the candidate/spouse contributions do not count toward the $5,000 that an individual contributor can make collectively to candidates for the same board/council.

Where can I find Clarington budgets and financial statements?

Recent year’s Clarington budgets (for three years) and financial statements, as well as key financial reports to Council, can be found online on our website. If you require more information, you can contact the Finance Department.