How Do I Vote?

On Voting Day, October 22, 2018, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., Clarington electors will cast their traditional, composite paper ballots at voting locations throughout Clarington.

For the purposes of the Municipal Election, the Municipality of Clarington has been divided into 33 voting subdivisions. Electors within each voting subdivision will be assigned to vote at a designated voting place.

In early October, a Voter Notification Card will be mailed to every household and to every eligible elector advising you of your designated voting place, including special voting locations. Attend your designated voting place and bring your identification. Note: You can bring your voter notification card, but it is not sufficient identification.

Each voting place has been inspected to ensure it is barrier-free and accessible to all residents. Learn more about the variety of options and tools in place to meet our electors’ needs.

* If you require audio/tactile technology to vote, devices will be available at the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex during the advance voting period.

Advance voting opportunities
DateTimeLocations

Saturday, October 13, 2018

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Clarington Public Library – Courtice Branch

*Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex

Maranatha Christian Reformed Church

Diane Hamre Recreation Complex

Sunday, October 14, 2018

10  a.m. to 5 p.m.

*Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex

Monday, October 15, 2018

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

*Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

*Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Clarington Public Library – Courtice Branch

*Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex

Maranatha Christian Reformed Church

Diane Hamre Recreation Complex

Special voting places

Special voting places are designated only for eligible electors who are residents of these institutions. Arrangements have been made for modified voting hours for residents at the following special voting places:

  • White Cliffe Terrace Retirement Residence (Residents Only)
  • Glen Hill Marnwood Lifecare Centre (Residents Only)
  • Fosterbrooke Long-Term Care Facility (Residents Only)
  • Glen Hill Strathhaven Lifecare Centre (Residents Only)
  • Seasons Clarington Retirement Community & DSCC217 (Residents of 61 & 65 Clarington Blvd. only will be eligible to vote at 65 Clarington Blvd.)
  • Lakeridge Health Bowmanville (Long-term Care only)
  • Bowmanville Creek Retirement Community (Residents Only)

Special mail-in ballots

Special mail-in ballots are available to electors who are unable to vote at an advance vote or a voting station on Voting Day because of:

  • Physical limitations
  • Absence from the Municipality of Clarington
  • Have been appointed to work as an Election Official and unable to cast a ballot on Voting Day

If you meet the above criteria you can request a special mail-in ballot as an alternative to appointing a voting proxy.

An elector who wishes to request a special mail-in ballot must make their request to the Municipal Clerk, in writing, on the Request for Mail-in Ballot form between July 1 and October 5, 2018.

The Municipal Clerk’s Department will forward a special mail-in ballot kit to the elector. It must be returned to the Municipal Clerk’s Department before 8 p.m. on Voting Day, October 22. If mailed, it must be postmarked no later than noon on Friday, October 12, 2018 to ensure delivery by Voting Day.

Proxy voting

A person who is not able to attend their designated voting place or any of the advance voting opportunities to cast their ballot may appoint another person as a voting proxy to vote on their behalf.

The following rules apply:

  • The person acting as a proxy must be an eligible elector in the Municipality of Clarington. The voting proxy must be trustworthy and vote as directed by the individual who appointed him/her as a proxy.
  • An individual cannot act as a proxy for more than one person unless he/she is related to the original vote-holder. You can act as a proxy for more than one person if the person appointing you is your spouse, sibling, parent, child, grandparent or grandchild.
  • The first day that proxies may be appointed is Friday, July 27, after 2 p.m., unless additional nominations are required. If additional nominations are required, the date is after 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.  Appointments will not be issued after 4:30 p.m. on Voting Day (October 22, 2018).
  • To appoint your voting proxy, you must complete the proxy voting form, including the name of the person you are appointing, and have your signature witnessed.
  • The person appointed as proxy must attend the Municipal Clerk’s Department, 2nd Floor, 40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville during normal office hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in July and August, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in September and October) to have their appointment approved and certified. The person appointed will be required to show:
    • At least one piece of original personal identification, and
    • Provide the original or copy of the identification that belongs to the vote-holder appointing the proxy.
  • The person acting as a proxy must attend the voting place designated for the elector he/she is voting for.
  • The person appointed as a proxy is still entitled to vote in his/her own right at their appropriate voting place.

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