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Municipal Elections PEI 2014

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Voter Information

To vote in the November 3 municipal election, Islanders must be:

  • 18 years of age,
  • a Canadian citizen, and
  • a resident of the municipality for the past six months.

Why should I vote?

Voting helps choose our leaders (those who share our views or those who may inspire us). The simple act of marking a ballot tells our leaders what we think about decisions that affect our lives, such as how much taxation we think is fair or what issues (such as land use planning, recreation, and fire services) we think are most important.
Here you will find information from who can vote to what you can expect during elections. This information is intended to give you information to help you during the decision-making process.


Why is it important to vote?

The right to vote is a fundamental right in our society and is the cornerstone of democracy;

When we vote, we choose the representatives who will make the laws and policies that govern the municipality;

The legitimacy of any level of government lies in the fact that it is elected; low voter turnouts may call into question this democratic legitimacy;

While democracy involves much more than holding elections, voting is a powerful way to send a message to governments and politicians. The more votes, the more powerful the message is. In other words, every vote counts;

Compared to other forms of political participation, voting does not require a lot of time or effort – in other words, it is one of the easiest ways to have a say in how your society is governed.

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Democracy

The act of voting is at the heart of democracy. It is making a choice on the kind of government that you have. Participation is a fundamental characteristic of democracy.

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Where to vote

(coming soon pdf of all municipal election locations)

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How to choose an appropriate municipal official

Voting

The person you vote for is the person who is going to represent you and your municipality over the next two years. Decisions made at the local level impact your community, neighbours, friends and family and can have long lasting impacts. During election time it is important to remember issues that are of interest to you. Discuss these issues when approached by candidates. This gives you an opportunity to know whether or not the candidates feel differently about the issues and whether or not they are willing to speak on your behalf on these issues if elected.

What is the responsibility of an elected official?

Being aware of what the responsibilities of an elected official are should help you in your decision of who you think would make the best candidate. Working in Municipal Government can be a difficult task as there are many issues to deal with. Candidates who express their readiness and willingness to take on this responsibility and show a genuine concern for the municipality make the best elected officials.

Participate in the Democratic Process

It is important to vote as it is the foundation of our democratic society. It can be difficult at times to follow along with the democratic process at any level, but municipal government is a good place to start. Be sure to discuss local politics with your friends and family and be a part of the process.

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I own property in the municipality but I am not a resident - can I vote?

Only a resident who is a Canadian citizen, is 18 years of age or more, and has lived in the municipality for at least six months, may excercise their vote.

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I have a business in the municipality - can I vote?

Only a resident who is a Canadian citizen, is 18 years of age or more, and has lived in the municipality for at least six months, may excercise their vote.

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Can I see the list of voters?

Although not a requirement for communities, Municipal Affairs and Elections PEI strongly urge municipalities to prepare and make available for public viewing - at least three weeks (21 days) prior to election - a list of eligible voters to ensure that all eligible voters are registered. All towns must make a list of electors available to the public at least three weeks, (21 days) prior to the election.

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When will I learn the results?

Municipal Affairs and Elections PEI will post the results as gathered. Please contact your municipality.

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Who can vote?


To vote in the election in your municipality, you must be:
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