You Don’t Have To Fight For Your Right, Just Vote!

10/08/2010 by Michele R.J. Allinotte

Well, it is election time here in Ontario.

Some people think that municipal elections are not that important, but think about all the services your municipality provides to you – roads, transit, policing, parks, recreation, the list goes on.

We are very fortunate to live in a democracy where we can vote in a legitimate election. Your vote does count!

You are eligible to vote if on Election Day you are:
a) 18 years old or older;
b) a Canadian citizen; and,
c) a resident in a 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 before the election. This includes a business owner who rents space in a municipality under their own personal name.

You do need to be on the Voter’s List in order to vote (although you can be added on Election Day). If you are not sure if you are on the Voter’s List, you can check on the City of Cornwall web site or by attending at the Election’s Office at City Hall.

If you live outside the City of Cornwall, contact your municipal office to find out about where and when you can vote and to make sure you are on the voter’s list.

In these days leading up to the election, get informed about who is running for office in your area so you can make an informed choice on Election Day. The local media is covering the election almost every day, and many candidates have web sites and are also involved in social media where they are sharing information about their platform.

I’ll step off my soap box now, but please, do get informed and do exercise your right to vote on October 25th (or earlier in advanced polls).

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