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Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Phone: 705-424-9917 Fax: 705-424-2367

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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​​​​​​​​Information for Voters - Voting in Essa Township

Voting is not only your democratic right; it is the easiest way for you to have a say in how your community is governed.  When you cast your vote, you are choosing the candidate that you feel would best represent you and your community.

Election Day is Monday October 22, 2018.  Eligible Electors will receive a Voter Notification Card in the mail during the month of October.  This card will indicate where you are to vote on Election Day. Polls are open between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the location specified on your Voter Notification Card. Electors are required to bring their Voter Notification Card and valid identification for presentation to election workers.  Valid Identification is a legal requirement by the Province for electors to present prior to casting their vote

When and Where to Vote 

All eligible electors are entitled to vote on one of the following dates: 

Advanced Voting Days 

October 13, 2018 at the Angus Arena - 8529 County Rd. 10, Angus  from ​10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

October 17, 2018 at the Essa Administration Centre -5786 County Rd.21, Utopia from 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 8:00 p.m. 

Election Day 

October 22, 2018 at a designated voting place from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Angus Arena - ​8529 County Rd. 10, Angus 
  • Essa Administration Centre - 5786 County Rd. 21, Utopia​
  • Academie la Pinede (CFB Borden) - 116 Waterloo Rd., Borden​​
  • Thornton Arena - 246 Barrie St., Thornton 

**Electors will receive a voter information card in the mail stating their designated voting place and poll for Election Day.  

Any inquiries about voting location, poll number or to confirm if your name appears on the Voters' List can be made by contacting the Clerk's Department at 705-424-9770. 

Municipal Offices​

Eligible electors in the Township of Essa will vote to elect candidates for the following offices:

  • Mayor - One to be elected at large
  • Deputy Mayor - One to be elected at large
  • Councillor Ward 1 (Angus) - one to be elected by eligible electors in Ward 1
  • Councillor Ward 2 (Colwell, Egbert, Ivy, Thornton) - one to be elected by eligible electors in Ward 2
  • Councillor Ward 3 (Baxter, Borden) - has been acclaimed, please visit the Election Candidates​ page for more details. 

In addition, eligible electors will vote to elect School Board Trustees for the following:

  • English Public District School Board (Simcoe County District School Board) - one to be elected by eligible public school electors of the municipality
  • English Separate District School Board (Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board) - one to be elected by eligible separate school electors of the municipality
  • French Public District School Board (Conseil scolaire Viamonde-secteur 5) - one to be elected by eligible french public school electors of the municipality
  • French Separate District School Board (Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud-#64 Region of Simcoe Muskoka) - one to be elected by eligible french separate school electors of the municipality

Valid Identification for Voting Purposes

Amendments to the Municipal Elections Act in 2013 changed the identification requirements for voting in a Municipal Election. In order to be able to vote at a voting location, a person must have a piece of identification with their name and signature.  The Province requires all eligible electors to provide proof of identification prior to receiving a ballot.  By providing identification or swearing/affirming an oath you are helping to ensure that only qualified electors vote and that qualified electors only vote once. 

In accordance with Regulation 304/03 under the Municipal Elections Act, the following is a List of Acceptable Identification for voting purposes.

Voting by Proxy

If you are unable to vote on Advance Voting Day or on Election Day, you may appoint a proxy. A proxy is a person who is an eligible elector and whom you trust to vote on your behalf. To appoint a proxy, the eligible elector must complete an Appointment for Voting Proxy - Form 3. The person listed as the eligible elector's proxy must bring the form in to the Township of Essa's Clerk’s Office, along with proof of his or her identity, and have it certified by the Clerk. The period for appointing a proxy opens once the Clerk for the municipality has certified the candidates.  A proxy can represent multiple members of his/her immediate family, or, one individual who is not a member of his/her immediate family. A proxy can not represent both.

Appointment for Voting Proxy forms can be submitted to the Clerk at the Essa Administration Centre​ for certification during regular office hours or on Advance Voting Days from noon to 5:00 p.m. and on Voting Day between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ​

Appointment for Voting Proxy - Form 3

NOTE: Eligible electors should ensure prior to submitting the Appointment for Voting Proxy form that their​ name, as well as the voting proxy's name appears on the voters' list. ​

Voters List

Am I eligible to vote?  Is my name on the Voters' List?  Which Ward do I vote in?

In order to be eligible to vote, your name must be on the Voters List (List of Electors).  The List of Electors for the Township of Essa comes from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) late in the summer.  If you have moved or changed your address since the last Municipal Election, be sure to contact the Township of Essa Administration Centre to have your information added/changed. 

To ensure your name is on the Voter's List, please contact the Clerk's Department.​