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Lake of Bays Votes 2022

Municipal Election - 2022 Voter Information

Are you on the Voters' List?

Look up Voter Registration. Your name must be on the voters' list in order for you to vote.

Please note: Information will be updated as it becomes available.

Voting day
The 2022 Municipal Election will take place on Monday, October 24, 2022 for the 2022-2026 term of office.

Voting method

Council has approved the use of Internet/Telephone voting for the 2022 Municipal Election:

  • Electors will be able to vote in advance of Voting Day electronically
  • Electors will be mailed a Voter Information Letter in the beginning of October. It will direct them to a designated website or telephone number to cast their vote
  • Eligible electors will be able to vote using a telephone, computer, cell phone, iPad, tablet or laptop. 
  • This is an accessible, environmentally-friendly and convenient method of voting providing electors with the flexibility of voting from anywhere.
  • As with previous elections, voters will be able to attend the municipal office and cast their vote if assistance is required.  

Use the Interactive Ward Map to learn what ward your property is in. 

Voter Qualifications

Pursuant to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, A person is entitled to be an elector at an election held in a local municipality if, on voting day (Monday, October 24, 2022), he or she, 

(a) resides in the local municipality or is the owner or tenant of land there, or 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. 2002, c.17, Sch. D, s. 5 (2); 2005, c. 5, s. 46 (1). 

There are three ways that you can qualify to vote in a municipality:

  1. As a resident elector if you live in the municipality.  You may own, rent, live in shared accommodation where you do not pay rent or live in the municipality but do not have a fixed address. 
  2. As a non-resident elector if you own or rent property in a municipality, but it's not the one where you live.  You can only be a resident elector in one municipality.  However, you can be a non-resident elector in any other municipality where you own or rent property.
  3. As the spouse of a non-resident elector if your spouse owns or rents property in the municipality or municipalities other than the one where you live.

The Voter Eligibility Information Sheet has more information about who can vote.

Neither you nor your spouse qualify as a non-resident elector if you do not personally own or rent the property in the municipality.  For example, if the property is owned by your business or your cottage is owned by a trust, you would not qualify as a non-resident elector.

Students - there is a special rule for students who may be living away from home while they attend school.  Students may be eligible to vote in both their "home" municipality and in the municipality where they currently live while attending school.

As the Township of Lake of Bays is divided into wards, an elector is entitled to vote only in the ward where he or she resides, even if the elector resides in one ward and is the owner or tenant of land in a different ward or is the spouse of an owner or tenant of land in a different ward. An elector's name shall only appear on the Voters' List for a local municipality only once.

If you are required to provide proof of identity and residence please check this list for acceptable voter identification: Ontario Regulation 304/13 - Voter Identification

For more information on Voter Qualifications, please contact the Clerk

Resources

This webpage provides potential Candidates and School Board Trustee's and Third Party Advertisers with additional resources for the 2022 Municipal and School Board Trustee Election. 

Election Assistance 

The Election Help Centre will be set up at the Dwight Municipal Office during the voting period and will be equipped with voting equipment and internet access at kiosk stations.

If you have any questions you can email vote@lakeofbays.on.ca

Please continue to check this website for updated election information, procedures, and public information sessions. 

 Frequently Asked Questions

 Will there be an advance voting period?

The Voting module will be open on Monday October 17, 2022 at 10:00 AM.  It will remain open until the close of the election on Monday October 24, 2022 at 8:00 PM.
Is proxy voting still allowed?

As the voting method is by telephone and through the internet, there is no need for proxy voting.

Eligible voters can cast their votes using the internet from anywhere in the world, or by using a touch-tone phone from anywhere in the World.

Can I get a demo of the system and ask questions?

To view a demo of the voting process watch the Simply Voting internet & telephone voting system video.

If you have any questions email vote@lakeofbays.on.ca

Where can I get in-person help/support?

The Election Help Centre will be set up at the Municipal Office located at 1012 Dwight Beach Road, Dwight. During the voting period starting on Monday October 17, 2022 at 10:00 AM, and ending Monday October 24, 2022 at 8:00 PM with voting kiosks for anyone seeking assistance to cast their vote.

When, where and how do I find out who the candidates are?

To find out who is running in the 2022 Municipal Election view the Short List of Certified Candidates

What is the difference between Municipal Elections and Provincial Elections

Municipal Elections are managed by Municipal Clerks to allow voters to select candidates to offices in local government (Mayor, Councillors, District Councillors, and School Board Trustees).  Municipal elections occur every (4) years in accordance with the Municipal Election Act.

  • Municipal Election Day is October 24, 2022

The Provincial Election is managed by the Province to allow citizens to vote for a political candidate to represent them at the Provincial Parliament (Legislature).

  •  The Provincial Election Day is June 2, 2022

Are we voting for the District Chair?

No, this position is not elected at large. Please visit the District Municipality of Muskoka's Website for more information.

Can I vote for Ward candidates in a Ward other than the one I live in?

No, you must vote for a candidate representing the ward you live in/property is located in.

Election Help Centre

  • The Township of Lake of Bays Election Help Centre will be located at the Municipal Office in Dwight during the voting period. Starting on Monday October 17, 2022 at 10:00 AM, and ending Monday October 24, 2022 at 8:00 PM, Council Chambers will be designated as the Election Help Centre where voting equipment and internet access at kiosk stations will be available. 

    Township of Lake of Bays Municipal Office
    1012 Dwight Beach Rd, Dwight, ON P0A 1H0

  • Other municipal locations, such as the Dwight and Baysville Public Libraries, are available to provide internet access for individuals that do not have access to a computer device and/or internet.
    Check for hours of operation during the voting period by contacting the Dwight or Baysville Public Library:

    Dwight Branch Library (Located in the Community Centre)
    1014 Dwight Beach Road Dwight, Ontario P0A 1H0
    Phone: (705) 635-3319

    Baysville Branch Library (Located in the Community Centre)
    10 University St., Box 201, Baysville, Ontario P0B 1A0
    Phone: (705) 767-2361

If I own more than one property in Lake of Bays, can I vote more than once?

No, each person is entitled to only 1 vote for each office, no matter how many properties they own in Lake of Bays.

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