In Peterborough, we also have a choice to make quite soon. The next Municipal Elections in Peterborough will be held on Monday October 27, 2014.

If you want to find out more about candidates, your municipal area or voters, you can go on Peterborough’s website.

There you can find a document titled, “Municipal Elections Act, 1996”. It sets up the procedure of voting in Peterborough. So, who can vote?

“Qualifications

(2)  A person is entitled to be an elector at an election held in a local municipality if, on voting day, 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 votng under subsection (3) or otherwise by law. 2002, c. 17, Sched. D, s. 5 (2); 2005, c. 5, s. 46 (1).”

“(3)  The following are prohibited from voting:

1. A person who is serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution.

2. A corporation.

3. A person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity, except as a voting proxy in accordance with section 44.

4. A person who was convicted of the corrupt practice described in subsection 90 (3), if voting day in the current election is less than five years after voting day in the election in respect of which he or she was convicted.”

To vote, you have to be registered. There are several forms of registrations including one available on the internet.

You can check whether you are on the list to vote online as well (‘Am I on the List?’ tab).

If you are not, you should contact your municipal office.

On the day of the elections, please do not forget your id.