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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 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

To be added to the Voters’ List you are required to meet all of the following criteria as outlined in the Municipal Election Act.

Please complete the “Application to Amend the Voters’ List” if you:

  • Are a Canadian Citizen
  • Are at least 18 years old on election day
  • Reside in the local municipality or are the owner or tenant of land in the local municipality or spouse of such a person; and
  • Not otherwise prohibited by law from voting.

We will require one of the following documents to confirm that you are a Canadian Citizen:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Canadian Passport
  • Canadian Citizenship Card

We ask that you bring this form with the required identification to either of the following locations from Monday to Friday:

  • Essex Town Hall, 33 Talbot Street South, Essex Centre during the office hours of 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Harrow and Colchester South Community Centre, 243 McAffee Street, Harrow Centre during the office hours of 9am to 4pm (please call ahead at 519-776-7336 extension 1124 to ensure availability)

On Election Day this application will be accepted at your Polling Station.

If you have any questions please contact our office at 519-776-7336 extension 1100 or 1101.

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 or online at the link below:

Once a qualified elector has appointed another qualified elector as a Proxy by completing Step 1 of Form 3 the person so appointed must bring Form 3 to the Clerk’s Office (33 Talbot Street South) for certification during regular business hours (up to and including Oct 19, 2018).

On the Advance Voting Days, the Clerk will also be able to certify proxies at the advance voting locations.

Proxy certification services will not be available on Election Day.

Please note that in accordance with Section 44 of the Municipal Elections Act, an Elector may only be appointed to act as a proxy on behalf of one (1) other qualified elector who is not a relative.

However, an Elector may be appointed to act as a proxy on behalf of one or more qualified electors who are relatives (defined as parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling or spouse of the elector appointed).

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.