Who Can Vote
Elections are held every four years for the positions of Mayor and 4 Councillors. The most recent election was held on October 27th, 2014. The current term runs from 2014 – 2018.
In order to be eligible to vote, you must meet the Qualification of electors as set out in Section 17(1) of the Municipal Elections Act.
You can vote in the Municipality of Wawa election, if you are, on voting day:
- A Canadian citizen, and
- At least 18 years old, and
- A resident of the Municipality of Wawa, or
- A non-resident owner or tenant of land in the Municipality of Wawa, or their spouse, and
- Not prohibited from voting under any law
Definitions for resident elector and non-resident elector:
- Resident elector: your residence where you live. If you live in Wawa, then you are eligible to vote in Wawa’s election. You are only allowed to have one residence.
- Non-Resident elector: if you live in one municipality, and own or rent property in Wawa, you are eligible to vote in each municipality’s election.
- Spouse of a non-resident elector: if your spouse qualifies as a non-resident elector in Wawa, then you can also vote in Wawa’s election.
Persons Prohibited from Voting
You are prohibited from voting in the Municipality of Wawa, if you are:
- A person serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional facility.
- A corporation.
- A person acting as an Executor or Trustee, or in any other representative capacity, except as a voting proxy.
- A person who was convicted of the corrupt practice, if the voting is less than five years after he or she was convicted.
What determines a residence?
A person’s residence is the permanent lodging place to which, whenever absent, he or she intends to return.
What determines a non-resident elector?
Sometimes, it is complicated to determine whether you qualify as a non-resident elector. The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 states you must be the owner or tenant of land. For example, if you have a cottage in Wawa which is actually owned by a trust, or you have a business premises that is owned by your business and not you personally, then you are not considered to be the owner of the land, and therefore, you would not be eligible to vote in Wawa’s election.
A person may only vote once
You may only vote once in the Municipality of Wawa’s municipal election regardless of how many properties you own or rent within the Municipality of Wawa.
There is a special rule for students who may be living away from home while they attend school. If you are a student and consider “your home” to be in Wawa where you live when you are not attending school, then you are eligible to vote in both Wawa and the municipality where you currently live while attending school (Municipal Elections Act, 1996, c.32, s.2 (2.1)).
Proof of identity and residence is required in the following instances:
- When adding or deleting one’s name from the Voter’s List;
- When filing a nomination paper as a candidate;
- When a scrutineer is present at the Vote Counting Stations;
- When issuing an oath.