The next municipal election will be held Monday, October 24, 2022 


Elections for municipal government are held every four years on the fourth Monday of October. The Legislative Assembly of Ontario passed Bill 81 in 2006, which set the length of terms in office for all municipal elected officials at four years. 

Who can vote in municipal elections? 

Anyone can vote in a municipal election who, on the day of the election, is: 

  • 18 years of age or older 
  • A Canadian citizen; and 
  • Either a resident of the municipality or a property owner or tenant or the spouse or same sex partner of an owner or tenant in the municipality during a specified time just before the election. 

Who can be a candidate? 

  • Candidates must be residents of the municipality or a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the municipality or the spouse of such non-resident owner or tenant;
  • A Canadian citizen and at least 18 years old;
  • Not legally prohibited from voting;  and not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office.
  • Candidates will need 25 signatures on the nomination form and must pay a fee of $100 ($200 for mayor).
 Key Dates: 
 Monday, May 2

First day to file a nomination paper for the offices of Mayor, Councillor and School Board Trustee

- (1) Mayor - Township of Cramahe

- (1) Deputy Mayor 

- (3) Councillors - Township of Cramahe

  • once the nomination paper is filed with the Clerk, the candidate can start raising and spending money on their campaign
  • preliminary spending limit provided to candidates
  • preliminary contribution limit provided to candidates running for Mayor and Councillor (does not apply to School Board Trustee candidates)

 First day to file a notice of registration as a third party advertiser

  • a third party advertiser cannot raise or spend money on their campaign, nor begin advertising, until their registration is certified by the Clerk
  • preliminary spending limit provided to third party advertiser upon certification
 Friday, July 29 at 2 p.m.
 Deadline for candidates to:
  • file a nomination
  • withdraw a nomination
  • change office
 Monday, August 1
  •  Last day for the Clerk to certify candidate nomination papers
 Thursday, September 1
  •  Voters’ List available to candidates
 Monday, September 26
  • Final spending limits provided to candidates and registered third party advertisers
  • Final self-contribution limit provided to candidates running for Mayor and Councillor (does not apply to School Board Trustee candidates)
 Friday, October 21
  •  Last day to register as a third party advertiser
 Pre-Election Accessibility Report
 2022 Pre-Election Accessibility Report - Township of Cramahe
Why Switch to Telephone and Internet Voting?
 

Like many other municipalities in Ontario, Council approved the switch to Internet-Telephone voting from mail-in ballots. There are many advantages to adopting this method of voting:

Efficiency: reduces printing, return postage fees, staff time for vote counting, and the amount of paper utilized.

Accessibility: Internet-Telephone Voting is a convenient option for electors allowing them to use their own devices and access their ballots anytime during the voting period, and from anywhere with Internet or Telephone access. 

Accuracy: Internet-Telephone voting uses electronic ballots exclusively reducing counting error from manual tabulations;

Automatic Tabulation: 100% of the results will be available shortly after 8pm on October 24, once all voters have completed their voting (if they logged in before 8pm).

Convenience: Many non-resident electors do not live in Cramahe, and therefore should be given the equal opportunity to vote as those who live here. Every elector will be able to vote from a location of their convenience. Also, compared to mail-in voting from years past, voters will no longer need to find a postal box, or rely on the postal service to ensure their ballot returned back to Town Hall.

 How to Vote
 

Voting is convenient with Internet-Telephone Voting:

  1. Check the Voters’ List to ensure you are on it, and your mailing address is up to date.
  2. Wait for your Voting PIN Letter to arrive in the mail (late September, early October). If you didn't get a Voting PIN Letter, you will be able to obtain your Voting PIN letter from the Clerks Office.
    • Hold on to the Voting PIN Letter in a safe place until voting opens 
    • You will have 10 Days to vote, but do not wait until the last minute in case you have difficulty logging into the voting system
  1. Open your Voting PIN Letter, and find the PIN number, and Elector ID number that will grant you access to the voting system.
  2. You have 2 Ways that you can vote:
    1. Vote by telephone (takes about 10-15 minutes)
      • Call the number provided in your voting kit 
      • Enter the last 8 digits of your Voter ID number
      • Enter your PIN
      • Enter your year of birth
        • If you receive an error after several attempts to login, this may be because your birthdate information is incorrect in our Voting System. You will need a new PIN. 
      • Vote (use the '#' to confirm your selections)
    2. Vote by internet (takes about 5 minutes)
      • Visit the voting website provided in your voting PIN letter by entering the address into the address bar at the top of your internet browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.)
      • Enter the last 8 digits of your Voter ID number
      • Enter your PIN
      • Enter your year of birth
      • Enter the Captcha challenge (distorted letters and numbers) as shown on the screen
        • If you receive an error after several attempts to login, this may be because your birthdate information is incorrect in our Voting System. You will need a new PIN. 
      • Follow the prompts through all contests, and complete your ballot by pressing 'Cast Ballot'
  3. Want to ensure your vote counted? You can try voting again with the same PIN and Voter ID, and if you are blocked from doing so, then you know your vote counted.
  4. If you do not have access to a touchtone telephone, or internet at your home, visit one of the Hel Centers during regular business hours, and use their touch-screen kiosk or public-access computers.
  5. If you did not receive your Voting PIN letter in the mail, you will be able to obtain your Voting PIN letter from the Clerks Office.

 

Things you won’t have to do to vote in the Municipal Election:

  1. Scan in a picture of your ID;
  2. Drive to a polling station;
  3. Find a mailbox;
  4. Produce an e-mail address to a spammer;
  5. Give your vote verbal to a real person over the phone (ensuring the secrecy of the ballot); and
  6. Get out of your pyjamas (vote from the comfort of your own home).

Cramahe, like many other municipalities in Ontario, have adopted a new alternative voting system Internet-Telephone Voting for the 2022 Municipal Elections. This alternative voting method has been successfully used in the previous Municipal Elections in other municipalities  for both efficiency and voter turnout. Internet-Telephone Voting offers convenience for all voters wherever they as all eligible voters will receive their voting kits in the mail, and will be able to vote from the convenience of their own home. It eliminates polling stations, advance polls and proxy voting. It also provides for improved accessibility. It transforms every telephone, smartphone, or desktop computer into a ballot box.

If you need more information, or have any questions or concerns, we’re here to help. Contact the Office of the Clerk.

Will there be paper ballots?
No paper ballots are needed. Cramahe is embarking on a new model of Internet-Telephone Voting for the 2022 Municipal Election, therefore this will be the Township's first paperless-ballot election. This has been selected as the option for electors to ensure that all electors (whether those that live in Cramahe, or abroad) get an equal opportunity to vote. 
 Is internet-telephone voting secure?

Cramahe is committed to ensuring the security and secrecy of the vote. We will be conducting vote counting audits with other municipalities to ensure the results on October 24 are efficient, and accurate.

 

Dominion's Internet and Telephone Voting System (the Cramahe provider of Internet and Telephone Voting) is the most advanced platform of its kind, allowing election officials the option of implementing effective "vote from anywhere" network voting channels. The system is a single, integrated voting solution providing secure voting, management, auditing, and reporting - all from a single, secure environment. Deployed in government elections since 2006, Dominion's solution ensures secure, transparent and accountable results by employing encryption technologies that are proven secure daily by the world's top banks. Dominion's Internet Voting System offers the simplicity, security and safety that our customers have come to expect from all of our products.

 
 
2018 OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS

Contact(s)

Joanne Hyde
Clerk
Township of Cramahe
1 Toronto Street, Colborne
Ontario, Canada K0K 1S0
T.: 905-355-2821 x 222
Toll Free:: 866-293-8379
F.: 905-355-3430
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