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Election 2018 Voter Information

The 2018 Municipal Election will take place on Monday, October 22, 2018 using a paper ballot system and optical scan vote tabulator machines for counting.

Voting Dates

Advance Poll #1 
Saturday, October 6 
9:00am to 5:00pm 
Shaheen Community Room, Essex Centre Sports Complex (60 Fairview Avenue West, Essex)

Advance Poll #2 
Saturday, October 13 
9:00am to 5:00pm 
Harrow and Colchester South Community Centre (243 McAffee Street, Harrow)

Election Day
Monday, October 22
10:00am to 8:00pm

Ward 1
Shaheen Community Room
Essex Centre Sports Complex
60 Fairview Avenue West, Essex

Ward 2
McGregor Community Centre
9571 Walker Road, McGregor

Ward 3
Harrow and Colchester South Agricultural Building
(Harrow Fair Building or the “Ag” Building)
134 McAffee Street, Harrow

Ward 4
Harrow and Colchester South Community Centre
243 McAffee Street, Harrow

New Composition of Council

During this election, voters will elect both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor at large. Ward boundaries remain unchanged, as do the number of Councillors to be elected in each ward:

  • Ward 1: Two (2) Councillors
  • Ward 2: One (1) Councillor
  • Ward 3: Two (2) Councillors
  • Ward 4: One (1) Councillor

The following information includes some of the changes to the Municipal Elections Act. This information is provided to assist you in deciding whether to run for a position on Essex Town Council. For more detailed information, please contact the Clerk's Department at 519-776-7336 ext. 0.

Voter Lookup

Are you on the list to vote for the upcoming election?

If you are an Ontario resident over the age of 18 you can visit voterlookup.ca to confirm or update your information in a few easy steps. You can also change your school support for electoral purposes and add names to your property address.

Updating this information will help to ensure that municipal voters’ lists are accurate and up-to-date in preparation for municipal and school board elections occurring this October.

Find out ahead of time if you are eligible to vote. Visit voterlookup.ca or call 1-866-296-6722.

Voter Notification Cards

Registered voters will receive Voter Notification Cards in the mail in late September or early October. Your card will provide information on Advance Voting Days, Election Day, voting locations, polls, and accessible voting equipment. Please bring this card with you to the poll. It will help election staff to identify you as an elector and it will speed up the election process.

Amending the Voters' List

If you don't receive a Voter Notification Card, if the information on the card is incorrect, or if you think your name does not appear on the Voters' List, please contact the Clerk's Office before Election Day. You'll need to attend Town Hall in person to provide proof of Canadian citizenship and personal identification showing your place of residence. Eligible voters may also be added to the Voters' List on Election Day.

Proxy Vote

If you are unable to vote on an Advance Voting Day or Election Day, you can appoint a proxy voter. Proxies must be on a prescribed form and certified by the Office of the Clerk. Proxy forms are available by contacting the Clerk's Office during regular business hours.

Election Accessibility Plan

The 2018 Municipal Election Accessibility Plan has been developed to ensure that persons with disabilities have the opportunity to participate fully in the election process.

View the full plan online at 2018 Municipal Election Accessibility Plan.

If you require this document in an alternate format, please contact the Clerk’s Office by phone at 519-776-7336 ext. 0 or by email: clerks@essex.ca

More Information

The Clerk's Office conducts the municipal election. The office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM at 33 Talbot Street South, Essex. For phone inquiries, please call 519-776-7336 ext. 0.