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Voting in Hamilton’s municipal election will get a lot easier

Voting in Hamilton’s municipal election will get a lot easier

It will be easier for Hamilton residents to vote in the upcoming municipal election. The city has put several new features in place ahead of the October 24, 2022 municipal election with a focus on increasing access and reducing barriers to voting across Hamilton.

Voting list

Voters will now be able to see if they are on the voter list by visiting Voterlookup.ca to check if they are on the voters list and add their name online up to September 1, 2022.

The cumbersome paper-based election poll lists that voters encounter when they vote will be replaced by Epoll books and electronic strike off at the polls.

Mail-in voting

A new Vote by Mail option for the general public was approved by City Council as an alternative voting method for 2022 allowing electors to register to receive a ballot package between September 1 to 23, 2022.  Packages must be received by Election Day, October 24, 2022, and can be submitted in person via a drop box at designated locations or mailed in via Canada Post.

Post Secondary institutions

Ballot on Demand at McMaster University, Mohawk College and Redeemer University will allow eligible students/voters to vote on campus regardless of their ward on October 18, 2022.

Advance polling, accessibility

Advance voting days will provide voters with many opportunities to visit a polling station and cast their vote, and are scheduled for October 7, 8, 14 and 15, 2022.

There will be 157 polling stations across all 15 wards, which includes at least one accessible location and tablet reader in each ward.

Five Elections Ambassadors will attend community locations and events and set up information booths around the city this summer to engage with voters where they are and raise awareness about the election.

Other measures will include:

Engaging with community partners and institutions to offer voting opportunities, including ballot on demand days in October at select shelter drop-in locations, as well as other community hubs specifically for equity-seeking groups and vulnerable populations.

Commitment to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment at polling stations.

Training elections and polling centre staff in diversity and inclusivity.

Making every effort to ease barriers of identification for vulnerable populations and those with no fixed address.

Curbside voting at all polls for those who have difficulty entering the poll.

For the most up-to-date information on #HamiltonVotes2022 about voting, running or working in the upcoming municipal election, visit www.hamilton.ca/elections.

“All eligible voters should feel empowered to use their voice and head to the polls to cast their vote this October. We are committed to increasing civic engagement across the community and are exploring as many opportunities as possible to break down barriers to make voting easy, make the voting experience as accessible as possible, and create an environment where all those who are eligible to vote, can vote.” Said City Clerk Andrea Holland.

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