How Voting Works

Election Day for Municipal Councils and School Boards is Monday, Oct. 22, 2018.

Every four years, Kitchener voters elect a mayor, 10 ward councillors, a Region of Waterloo chair and 4 regional councillors, plus 4 public school board trustees.

In Kitchener, unlike with ward councillors, Waterloo Region District School Board (public school) trustees are elected “at-large”.

This means voters can vote for trustee candidates running in Kitchener regardless of where they live  in the city. 

You are entitled to vote if, on Voting Day, you:

  • reside in Kitchener or are the owner or tenant of land there, or are the spouse of such owner or tenant;
  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • are at least 18 years old; and,
  • are not excluded from voting as stated below or otherwise by law.

You may not vote if you are:

  • serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution;
  • a corporation;
  • acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity, except as a voting proxy.

When can you vote?

Voters may cast a ballot between 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22.

There will will be seven advanced poll locations for those wishing to vote early.

The advanced poll dates and hours are as follows:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 11, 2-8 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 12, 2-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Advanced Poll Locations:

Are You on the Voters List?

The Voters’ List is a list of known individuals who are eligible to vote in the 2018 Municipal Election. The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) provides the City of Kitchener with information to create the Voters’ List.

Check online by visiting voterlookup.ca to see if you are on the list. You may add yourself to the Voters’ List if you are not already registered.

In order to vote for Waterloo Region District School Board trustee, you must be registered as an ‘English public school elector’

You can also fill out an application to amend the Voters’ List and submit to Legislated Services on the second floor at city hall, 200 King St. W, Kitchener, beginning Sept. 2.

Voter Notification

If your name is on the Voters’ List, you will receive a Voter Notification Card (VNC) by mail. This card provides you with information on where and when you can vote. Bring this card with you to the poll, to speed up the time it takes you to vote.

Up to six voters with the same last name, residing at the same address, will receive one envelope containing the VNCs.

The above details, along with more information, can be found on the City of Kitchener elections page. Please check there for any official updates.

You can also contact me with questions at any time.

Additionally, Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs has prepared the 2018 Voters’ Guide for Municipal Council and School Board Elections.

David Kuhn html election sign