Hamilton’s municipal elections are a week away, and it’s time for Hamiltonians to get ready to cast their vote.
The election date is Monday Oct. 24. Advance polling stations were available as early as Oct. 7 and Oct. 8. Along with the advanced polling stations this past weekend. However, there’s no need to fret because other polling stations will be available on Oct. 18 and election day.
The City of Hamilton has introduced a new way of voting this year. The ballot on demand voting system allows students and faculty to vote on campus regardless of their ward location. Students from Mohawk College, McMaster University and Redeemer University can vote on Oct. 18.
Mohawk students can vote for a mayor, a councillor in their ward and one school board trustee. The voting will take place at the Fennell Campus in the C-Wing lounge from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
“Now that I am of age to vote, I am excited to be able to cast my vote for someone to represent my community,” Mohawk College student Brianna Thompson said. “I think it’s a bonus to be able to do so [vote] right on campus.”
The City of Hamilton’s communications officer Antonella Giancarlo says voting in the municipal election directly impacts people’s lives.
“The City of Hamilton provides services that support residents and the community, Giancarlo said. “More than 60 per cent of Canada’s core infrastructure is owned, operated and maintained by municipalities like Hamilton.”
Giancarlo says that elected officials are essential to municipal debates and legislations.
“A Mayor and councillors are elected to represent the public and govern important decisions under legislation that impact residents’ quality of life and determine how tax dollars are spent,” Giancarlo said. “School board trustees make important decisions ensuring schools operate in compliance with the law and standards established by the province.”
To be eligible to vote in the municipal elections, you must be one of the following: a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old, resident of Hamilton, owner or tenant of land in Hamilton, and not prohibited from voting. Hamiltonians must also be on the voters list. The voters list can be found at https://www.hamilton.ca/city-council/municipal-election/voters/am-i-voters-list.
For more information on the voting process in Hamilton, visit Municipal Election | City of Hamilton