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Frequently Asked Questions

Municipal Election 2018 

What day is the City of Windsor municipal election?

Election Day or Voting Day is Monday, October 22, 2018.  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.  The dates of advance voting are Saturday, October 6th; Tuesday, October 9th; Wednesday, October 10th; Thursday, October 11th; and Saturday, October 13th.  Check the Advance Vote 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 December 1, 2018 to November 14, 2022.

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 page, Who Is Running 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 22, 2018 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.

How do I know if I am a qualified voter?

To be a qualified voter you must be eligible to vote and your name should be included in the official City of Windsor 2018 voters’ list.  Voters’ list information is received from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) compiled from an enumeration conducted in May/June of an election year.  The voters’ list is available for review at City Hall or you may call the 311 Call Centre.  You should check this list to ensure that your name, address and school-support information are listed correctly.

If your name appears in the voters’ list, you will receive a voter notification card in the mail from the City Clerk in the month of September that will show your voting station.  Bring your voter notification card with you to the voting station.

If your name is not on the voters’ list, you may complete a Form EL15, “Application to Amend The Voters’ List”, at City Hall during normal business hours (Mon-Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm)

If you need to make changes to your name, address or other personal information you may complete a Form EL15, “Application to Amend Voters’ List” at City Hall during normal business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm)

If a person in your household is now deceased, and still on the voters’ list, their name may be removed from the voters’ list database by completing the appropriate form.  Please contact the Office of the City Clerk.

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.  The Advance Voting days for the City of Windsor 2018 Municipal Election are:

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018  – Devonshire Mall - 3100 Howard Avenue – (9:00am to 6:00pm)

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 20118 – Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex - 2555 Pulford – (10:00am to 8:00pm)

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 – Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre (Lower Atrium) – 401 Pitt Street West - (10:00am to 8:00pm)

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 – Central Park Athletics (Banquet Room 2nd floor) – 3400 Grand Marais Road East (10:00am to 8:00pm)

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 – WFCU Centre - 8787 McHugh – (10:00am to 8:00pm)

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 him or her?

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 the voter to mark his/her 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 places have disabled access?

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 Officers’ 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 Voters' 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 22, 2018, 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 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 he or she 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 2018 Election, you must prove your identity and residential address.  You will need to show proof of you name and qualifying address.  Visit this website to view the Identification Rules for Voting.

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