Frequently Asked Questions

Municipal Election 2022

What day is the City of Windsor municipal election?

Election Day or Voting Day is Monday, October 24, 2022. Voting hours for Election Day are between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Will there be advance voting days?

Yes. Check the Advance Voting page on this election website for details about the locations of the advance voting stations. Please note that any qualified elector may vote at any one of the advance voting stations.

What is this election for?

Voters of the city of Windsor will elect a mayor, members of City Council and school board trustees to represent them in this community for the next four years. The term of office for the new council is November 15, 2022, to November 14, 2026.

How do I obtain more information about the people running for office?

Information will be available in the news media, radio and television, or by visiting the Who Is Running page on this website. You may also contact the campaign offices of nominated candidates.

Who is eligible to vote in this municipal election for the City of Windsor?

You are eligible to vote at one of the advance votes or on Voting Day, Monday, October 24, 2022, provided you are a Canadian citizen, 18 years of age or older, a resident of the city of Windsor or you are the owner or tenant of land in the city of Windsor or you are the spouse of such owner or tenant of land, and you are not prohibited from voting under any law.

The following persons are not eligible to vote:

  • A person who is serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution
  • A corporation
  • A person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity, except as a voting proxy in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act.

I am an eligible elector; however, I am not able to vote on Voting Day. What should I do?

Advance voting days are available to all eligible electors for voting.

I’m not able to vote on Voting Day, or on any of the advance voting days. I still want my vote to count. What can I do?

Appoint someone to vote on your behalf. This person is known as a “proxy” voter. Learn more about proxy voting.

If a person cannot mark their own ballot, can they ask for assistance or bring someone along to help them?

Yes, election officials working at the voting station can assist a person with voting. If a friend is brought along, the voter must swear an oath that they require assistance, and their friend must swear an oath that they will vote as the person instructs them to.

I don’t understand English very well; may I bring an interpreter with me to vote?

Yes, a person may bring someone to translate for them. This person must swear an oath that they will truthfully translate any communication between the voter and the election officials. Interpreters may not go behind the voting screen or assist the person with voting unless they take an oath of a friend of the elector.

I have trouble seeing small print.

Magnifiers will be provided at every voting station. Advance voting days will have two AutoMark ballot marking machines available to persons with disabilities to aid in the voting process. These units are a paper ballot–marking technology that allows voters with disabilities and other special needs to mark their ballot privately and independently. The machine allows voters to mark their ballot by way of touch screen, tactile buttons with Braille, a sip/puff tube, or rocker paddle. The touch screen can also be changed to a high contrast and has a zoom feature. The AutoMark permits a voter to listen to the choices through headphones.

Will all of the voting locations be accessible?

Advance voting stations as well as Election Day voting stations are all wheelchair accessible.

Will parking be available at all voting places?

Yes. Each voting station was selected to ensure that there was adequate parking, washroom facilities, and wheelchair accessibility. In some cases, the City of Windsor Traffic Operations Department will provide temporary parking spots on the street in front of the voting station.

The voting station is closing, and I’m still in line to vote; what happens now?

You will be allowed to complete your vote if you are in line at the voting place prior to 8:00 p.m.

How do I vote?

Voting at an advance poll or on Voting Day will be easy, and results will arrive quickly after the close of polls on Voting Day. Here’s how it works:

Step 1: When you arrive at your voting station, you will receive a paper ballot in a privacy folder from the deputy returning officer according to your school support (as shown on the voters’ list) and be directed to a voting booth to mark your ballot.

Step 2: Use the marking pen at the voting booth to fill in the oval next to the candidate(s) of your choice for each office listed on the ballot.

Step 3: Once you are done voting, place the ballot back in the privacy folder supplied to you with the deputy returning officer's initials showing, and bring it to the tabulating officer who will insert the ballot into the vote tabulator to record your vote. Once read, the vote tabulator will place the ballot into the ballot box.

How can I be added to the voters’ list?

See full details on our Voter Info page.

Is there anywhere to watch the results?

Once the polls close at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, the various polls will report their results to the City Clerk for uploading to the City’s election server. These results will then be displayed on the City’s official Election Website. The results will be refreshed every few minutes.

What is a voter notification card?

The City Clerk will send each eligible voter a card showing the voting hours and where your voting station is located on regular voting day, Monday, October 24, 2022, as well as advance voting times and places. The voter notification card will also show you your qualifying address (usually your place of residence).

When will I receive my voter notification card?

If your name appears in the official City of Windsor voters’ list, you will receive a voter notification card in the mail from the City Clerk in the last week of September.

Do employees get time off to vote?

Employee – absence from work

An elector whose hours of employment are such that they would not otherwise have three consecutive hours to vote on voting day is entitled to be absent from work for as long as is necessary to allow that amount of time.

Employee – Absence – Employer Convenience

The absence shall be timed to suit the employer’s convenience as much as possible.

Employee – Absence – No deduction – Penalty

The employer shall not make a deduction from the employee’s pay or impose any other penalty for the absence from work.

Is there a voter information brochure?

A voter information brochure will be sent to each household in the city of Windsor with information on advance vote times and dates, how to apply for a proxy certificate, and contact information to find out if you are on the official City of Windsor voters’ list.

Do I need identification to vote?

Yes. The Municipal Elections Act has recently changed. When you vote in the 2022 Election, you must prove your identity and residential address. You will need to show proof of you name and qualifying address. View the Identification Rules for Voting.

Office of the City Clerk
Suite 530 - 350 City Hall Square West
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
N9A 6S1
Phone: For general election information, call 311.
For detailed election inquiries, please call (519) 255-6100 ext. 6285
Fax: (519) 255-6868