Election FAQ

When is the 2018 Municipal Election?

The Voting Period for Aurora's Municipal Election is October 12 to 22. 


When can I vote online?

Electors can cast their vote online from October 12 through to October 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Online voting is quick and easy. Learn how to vote online in the short video tutorial and/or step-by-step guide below:

 


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How will I know that my computer is configured so that I can vote?

Voters should have a compatible computer that has an operating system such as

Windows 7, 8, or 10, Mac OS X 10.8 or later and a compatible web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome connected to a private and secure Internet connection.


Can I use internet voting on a free wireless Wi-Fi or Hot-spot?

It is not recommended that you use Internet Voting on any free public wireless Wi-Fi or Hot-spot, such as coffee shops, airports, library etc. It is recommended that you use your own trusted private and secure Internet connection, such as your own secured home Internet.

 

What should I do if I get a time-out error message if using Internet?

If you're voting using the Internet and receive a timed-out error message, log back into the system again and continue your voting process.


How can you vote in the 2018 Municipal Election?

  • From October 12 to 21  at 5:00 p.m., voters can vote online from anywhere they have an Internet connection (home, work, Go Train, etc)
  • In person at the Aurora Seniors' Centre from October 13 to 17.
  • In person on Voting Day (October 22) at one of 20 Voting Locations throughout Town.


How many Councillors can I vote for in 2018?

For the 2018-2022 term of Aurora Council, the number of Councillors will be reduced from eight (8) to six (6).


Who are the candidates?

The full list of Certified Candidates can be found here: 

List of Certified Candidates

How can I make sure I'm on the list to vote?

Use our Voter Registration Portal to register and confirm voter information for the upcoming municipal and school board elections.


What positions am I electing?

1 Mayor

6 Councillors

1 of the following school board trustees:

- York District School Board

- York Catholic School Board

- Conseil scolaire Viamonde

- Conseil scolaire Catholique MonAvenir


What happens after I register?

If you're on the Municipal Voters' List, you will receive your Voter Notification Card in late September.  The Voter Notification Card will have the information you need to register for an online PIN for Online Voting, and will have specific information on Advanced Polls (October 13-17) and Voting Day (October 22)


What ID do I need to vote?

You can find a list of acceptable ID at: http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page18734.aspx#identification

If you did not receive a Voter Notification Card in the mail, the you are likely not on the voters' list and will need to bring proof of Canadian Citizenship, as well.

Are there voting regulations?

Whether you cast your ballot online or in person, the integrity of the electoral process and secrecy of your vote is very important.  The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 states that no person shall:

  • Vote without being qualified to do so
  • Vote more than once in Aurora
  • Vote in a voting place in which they are not entitled to do so
  • Supply a ballot to anyone without authority from the Returning Officer
  • Interfere with a voter who is marking a ballot
  • Obtain or attempt to obtain information about how an elector has or will vote


How is voter information kept private and secure?

The Town of Aurora takes precautions to ensure that the personal information of voters is kept secure and is used for authorized purposes only.  Voter information collected by the Town of Aurora can only be used for election purposes in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Election Act. 


What is the York Region Joint Compliance Audit Committee?

Municipalities in York Region have established a Joint Compliance Audit Committee under section 88.37 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996. The powers and functions of the Committee are as follows:

- Within 30 days of receipt of an application requesting a compliance audit, the Committee shall consider the compliance audit application and decide whether it should be granted or rejected;

 - If the application is granted, the Committee shall appoint an auditor to conduct a compliance audit of the candidate's election campaign finances;

-The Committee will review the auditor's report within 30 days of receipt and decide whether legal proceedings should be commenced;

If the auditor's report indicates that there were no apparent contraventions and if there appears there were no reasonable grounds for the application, the Committee shall advise Council accordingly; and

- Within 30 days after receipt of a report from any participating municipality's Clerk of any apparent over-contributions to candidates or third-parties ("report of the Clerk"), the Committee shall consider the Clerk's report and decide whether legal proceedings should be commenced

A minimum of 3 members of the Committee shall be called upon to hear an application. The term of appointment for the Committee will expire on November 30, 2022.

Should an eligible voter who believes that there are reasonable grounds that a candidate for Municipal Council (Mayor, Councillor) in the Municipal Election has contravened a provision of the Act relating to election campaign finances, may apply for a compliance audit of the candidate's election campaign finances.


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